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April 21, 2011

New Study Highlights Benefits of Enhancing Education Through Technology

The National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training (NCTET) last week released Profiles in Innovation: How the Enhancing Education Through Technology Program is Improving Teaching and Learning in America's Schools.

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and several educators delivered remarks in the nation’s capital before more than 150 education leaders from across the country, sharing these success stories and the importance of federal investment and the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) program to America’s students. These profiles are being released at a critical time during the program’s history, with funding zeroed out in the pending FY11 federal appropriations bill.

“21st century jobs are going to require workers with 21st century skills—and we need to make sure our students not only understand how technology connects to their future careers, but that they are also leaving our schools and entering the workforce better at making that connection than students anywhere else in the world,” said Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) “So that’s why, last Congress, I was proud to co-sponsor the ATTAIN Act, which reauthorizes, updates, and improves the EETT program. And I will continue standing with all of you to protect this critical funding source for innovative education technology efforts like those being undertaken in communities like Yakima, WA.”

“We are pleased to share these important stories with policymakers at this important juncture in our debate about federal funding priorities, and the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA),” said Mark Schneiderman, NCTET president and senior director of education policy with the Software & Information Industry Association. “The technology learning initiatives in the NCTET profiles each leveraged critical federal investment to transform teaching and better prepare students for this digital age.”

“Two years of rigorous, continuous online professional development and classroom application of 21st century tools supported by EETT have enabled the dedicated Nevada Pathway Project teachers to dramatically change their practice,” said Terra Graves, a professional development coordinator for Nevada’s Pathways to the Future Project. “The community of support and the necessary technology in the classroom allow them to create an environment in which students become the drivers of their learning and teachers become roadside assistance.”

Profiles in Innovation was prepared for NCTET by the Bernstein Strategy Group and is available at www.nctet.org. It includes positive examples of technology’s impact on a wide range of students, grade levels and subject areas across the country.

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Source:  National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training