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Comment Period Extended for U.S. Ed-Tech Plan

Today was supposed to be the last day for public comment on the National Educational Technology Plan, but the Web site the U.S. Department of Education has set up to gather ideas from the field says the deadline has been extended through Dec. 6.

As I wrote in this piece for Education Week, the range of comments and suggestions from educators is pretty thin. Input from educators is crucial, experts say, to make sure the plan is substantive enough to harness technology to improve classroom instruction.

"The new plan is a critical component to moving education forward in the digital age," Donald G. Knezek, the executive director of the Washington-based International Society for Technology in Education, or ISTE, said in my Education Week article. "The draft is shaping up to have all the right placeholders focused on learning and effective and competent teaching.

"But the important thing now is to put the meat on those placeholders," he said, "so they have got to have educators and sophisticated education leadership to get their ideas in there."

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