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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...

February 02, 2009

Ed-Tech Stimulus Talk

If you're like most ed-tech enthusiasts, I'm sure you're watching closely the economic stimulus packages proposed by the House of Representatives and the Senate, both of which include $1 billion for education technology. (Here's a story written by my colleague Alyson Klein about the details of those...

January 21, 2009

Federal Legislation Aims to Upgrade Ed Tech

California Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard recently introduced legislation in the House of Representatives to help low-income schools get federal funding for technology upgrades and computers as part of the Achievement Through Technology and Innovation Act, or ATTAIN. The bill, which amends pa...

January 21, 2009

New Ideas Floated at the Ed-Tech Inaugural Ball

The Bytes & Books ball last night was full of high spirits for the Obama administration and the prospects for greater investment in education technology for the nation’s schools. “I think there are very good times ahead for ed tech,” said Mark A. Schneiderman, a lobbyist for the Software & In...

January 16, 2009

Hopes for Ed-Tech Will Be Dancing at Inauguration

So now we have arrived at the weekend before Inauguration Day. And on Tuesday night, the 20th, this reporter will be attending the black-tie "Bytes and Books Inaugural Ball," which is sponsored by a coalition of companies and education groups promoting education technology and, especially, federal ...

January 15, 2009

$1 Billion for Ed Tech in House Stimulus Proposal

Education technology is likely to receive a major federal boost from the economic stimulus package, based on the House Democrats' version of the plan, released today. The House Democrats' "American Recovery and Reinvestment" plan includes "$1 billion for 21st century classrooms, including computer ...

November 14, 2008

The Education Department's Ed-Tech White Paper

Too bad for us, perhaps, but Margaret Spellings did not choose the Digital Education blog to release her new white paper on educational technology. The U.S. secretary of education chose instead eduwonk for her debut as a guest blogger. On the other hand, maybe it's just as well, because what is pro...

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