The National Educational Technology Plan
The National Educational Technology Plan has two goals by 2020: 1) raise the proportion of college graduates from where it now stands [39%] so that 60% of our population holds a 2-year or 4-year degree, and 2) close the achievement gap so that all students – regardless of race, income, or neighborhood – graduate from high school ready to succeed in college and careers. The Plan calls for a “revolutionary transformation” instead of “evolutionary tinkering”. It encourages all entities to work together to focus on the outcomes and the students instead of the politics and the finances. The Plan includes recommendations in five essential areas: learning, assessment, teaching, infrastructure, and productivity. Learning should be individualized and should use the power of technology to create engaging activities. Personal, mobile and accessible are the important features of technology used by our students. The Plan emphasizes connected teaching and building on the power of each other in such a way that isolation does not occur. ProjectShare Texas is just the thing to use for this. Teachers can create their portfolios, personal networks and groups that include sharing, collaboration and dropboxes for files. It includes blogs, wikis and social networking, and if properly developed, can be a powerful tool for the classroom teacher, especially those in small schools and school districts. The Plan says that professional development needs to be “collaborative, coherent, and continuous and that blends more effective in-person courses and workshops with the expanded opportunities, immediacy, and convenience enabled by online environments full of resources and opportunities for collaboration.” This is exactly what ProjectShare Texas is.