A call to action, a vision for learning enabled through technology, and a collection of recommendations and real-world examples, the 2016 National Education Technology Plan builds on the foundation of the 2010 plan (they’ve come out every four-ish years beginning in 1996, then 2000, 2004, 2010 and now 2016). Exploring advances, opportunities, and research that illustrate how teaching and learning can be enhanced with the innovative use of technology and openly licensed content and resources, Future Ready Learning: Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education is its title proper. The plan sets a national vision and plan for learning enabled by technology through building on the work of leading education researchers; district, school, and higher education leaders; classroom teachers; developers; entrepreneurs; and nonprofit organizations. Before looking at this one, here’s a quick look back at previous plans:
- Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology. National Education Technology Plan (2010)
- Toward A New Golden Age In American Education—How the Internet, the Law and Today’s Students Are Revolutionizing Expectations (2004)
- Getting America’s Students Ready for the 21st Century: Meeting the Technology Literacy Challenge (1996)
If you’ve clicked on the above links, sorry about those last two (it’s been a while and originals were apparently stored with the Apollo 11 tapes). The current plan was created with input from scores of great minds, people who’ve contributed with their input, feedback, guidance and experiences. When you open it up, scroll to page 95 for the beginning of a list of some of the hardest working people in edtech. Interestingly, a prominent quote in the current plan is quite telling of what’s already happening, but it’s certainly not too late to think with it, and act upon it:
“If the technology revolution only happens for families that already have money and education, then it’s not really a revolution.”
—Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education
The 2016 plan is organized into five sections: learning, teaching, assessment, leadership and infrastructure. An easy to navigate online version can be found here.