Learning Powered by Technology: August 2013

Newsletter of the Office of Educational Technology (OET) at the U.S. Department of Education
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Personalized Learning Gets a Boost

The Department of Education announces the next round of Race to the Top District competition inviting applicants to demonstrate how they can personalize education for all students in their schools. Through the grant, districts will provide teachers the information, tools, and supports needed to personalize the learning experience and substantially accelerate and deepen each student’s learning. They will also create opportunities for students to identify and pursue areas of personal academic interest. For more information check out the Race to the Top District website.

FCC Takes Next Step in Connecting All Schools

In June, President Obama announced ConnectED, an initiative to connect schools to high-speed Internet. In response, the FCC is seeking feedback on ways to modernize the eRate program in order to provide internet service to all schools and connectivitiy throughout the buildings where learning is taking place. A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) outlining the changes that the FCC is exploring can be found on the FCC website. The comment period ends on September 16th. Please use the FCC’s online filing form to submit feedback on how eRate can be updated to help meet the President’s goal. Also, check out this video of Secretary Duncan talking about ConnectED with OET Teaching Ambassador Fellow Dan Brown.

Improve College Scorecard, Win $10k!

Lumina Foundation, in partnership with InnoCentive, has issued a new crowdsourcing Challenge to improve the user experience of the College Scorecard, an initiative launched by the Department of Education last year. “Often cited as ‘low-hanging fruit’ in helping more students access college, informational tactics are difficult to get right,” said Lumina Foundation President & CEO Jamie Merisotis. “Trusted and easy-to-use sources of information about college prices and outcomes can be difficult to find.” Learn how to submit your suggestion at LuminaFoundation.org

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On Our Radar

Secretary Duncan outlines how technology will revoluationing learning and testing in his article in this month’s Scientific American

Acting Deputy Secretary Jim Shelton says eRate modernization is a “once in a generation opportunity” to leapfrog competitor nations. Read the full article.

OET Director Richard Culatta cautions against “pencil-sharpening innovations” with 5 questions for schools to consider when transitioning to digital learning.

Meet Bernadette Adams

Bernadette is a Senior Policy Analyst with OET, where she leads research initiatives around learning analytics and personalized learning. She also leads the Connected Educators initiative. Prior to joining OET, she worked to advance the use of technology for workforce training at the White House and the National Partnership for Reinventing Government, and served as a consultant to design a technology-based science curriculum for Atlanta public schools. Bernadette holds a BS in Biochemistry from UC San Diego, and MA from the Education in Math, Science and Technology Division of the UC Berkeley School of Education.

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