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Input Sought for National Ed-Tech Plan

The U.S. Department of Education is preparing to do an update of the National Educational Technology Plan and is looking for comments on what direction it should take. Karen Cator, who took over as director of the department's office of educational technology on Monday, said that the plan is one of the most important near-term projects for her office to tackle.

The department has set up a Web site where anyone can submit statements, research and resources, suggestions for tech tools, and descriptions of programs, curricula, and best practices. Visitors to the site can also review what others have submitted. An overview of the project and details on the four categories of the plan—teaching, assessment, learning, and productivity—are described.

A working group has been convened to help develop the plan. The members include well known researchers in the field, as well as several educators, and federal officials.

A draft plan is expected in early 2010, according to the Web site.

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