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September 08, 2009

ED Web Site Gets Overhaul

Thanks to ASCD's Twitter feed I got a tip this morning about the new Web site for the U.S. Department of Education. There are some dramatic changes, but these kinds of redesigns often occur with a change in administration. One noticable new feature is the blog down the left side of the page, whi...

July 24, 2009

New Guidance for EETT Released

The U.S. Department of Education released new non-regulatory guidance for the $650 million in federal economic-stimulus funds targeted to the Enhancing Education Through Technology program.

July 13, 2009

Ed-Tech Funding Scarce for Maintenance, Training

The maintenance and professional development costs associated with the effective use of educational technology are often overlooked when calculating the costs of putting the tools into classrooms.

July 09, 2009

Who Will Be U.S. Ed-Tech Director?

Experts in the field are hoping the pick is someone with a passion for the potential of educational technologies, of course, but who can also leverage some influence in making ed tech a policy priority with some real money behind it.

June 17, 2009

Ed Technology Gets Hearing on Capitol Hill

On Capitol Hill yesterday, teacher Lisa Short schooled members of the House education committee on technology's potential for boosting learning, and then she gave them a pop quiz to make sure they were paying attention. All the testimony is on the committee's YouTube channel, and here is a video o...

May 08, 2009

Groups Unhappy About Ed-Tech Budget Cuts

Ed-tech proponents were dismayed to learn of the cuts to the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) program proposed in President Obama's budget. Four organizations promoting the use of effective technologies in schools released a statement yesterday urging more money, not less, for the flag...

March 12, 2009

Education Data Systems Get Big Boost in Stimulus

At Edweek.org, my colleague Michele McNeil has a piece with the details on the $250 million in stimulus cash for education data systems. The topic was featured in President Obama's March 10 education address, Michele reports. “Far too few states have data systems like the one in Florida that k...

February 27, 2009

Stay Tapped In to Stimulus News With EdWeek Widget

Edweek.org now has a widget for our coverage related to the federal stimulus. You can embed this widget in your blog or on your Web site to help readers follow the latest news and analysis on how the huge infusion of federal money is being targeted for schools. if (WIDGETBOX) WIDGETBOX.renderWidge...

February 11, 2009

New Blog Covers E-Rate Issues

The ins and outs of the federal E-rate program are enough to set even the steadiest of heads spinning. Now a consulting firm that works with clients on E-rate compliance issues has launched a blog that will tackle the complexities of the program, which provides financial support for telecommunicatio...

February 08, 2009

Ed-Tech Skeptic Cautions Obama on Spending

Todd Oppenheimer has long questioned the unmitigated enthusiasm some educators and policymakers have for technology in the classroom. The author of The Flickering Mind: Saving Education from the False Promise of Technology is now urging the Obama Administration to curb any plans to expand programs t...

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