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National Education Technology Plan 2004

Appendix A: Joint Federal Activities Promoting the Use of Technology in Education

The U.S. Department of Education's (ED) Office of Educational Technology (OET) resides in the Office of the Secretary of Education. OET provides leadership to maximize technology's contribution to improving education. OET develops national educational technology policy and implements policy departmentwide supporting the goals of No Child Left Behind. OET helps to ensure that ED programs are coordinated with efforts across the federal government.

The most significant of the joint activities of the U.S. Department of Education and other federal government entities is the Administration's interagency working group to examine how America's technological leadership could be better deployed in education and training. The U.S. Department of Education and other agencies across the federal government are promoting the use of technology in education through this Working Group on Advanced Technologies for Education and Training. The interagency Advanced Technologies Working Group fosters and promotes the development, application, and deployment of advanced technologies in education and training in the United States. The Group convenes under the aegis of the President's National Science and Technology Council. The Department of Education's Director of Educational Technology and the Under Secretary of Commerce for Technology serve as co-chairs. Other members include: U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Department of Labor, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Library of Congress, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Science Foundation, National Security Agency, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

The Working Group's agenda has two main areas of interest. First, inventory and examine federal investments focused on the development of advanced technologies for learning, and the development of digital libraries and other technology-enabled learning resources. The group will then determine how to strengthen this portfolio, and seek partnerships with the private sector, the academic research community, teachers, and other key stakeholders to promote and speed the development of these technologies. Second, the Working Group will explore and prioritize barriers to the commercialization, deployment, and adoption of these technologies. For more information on the Working Group, see http://www.visions2020.gov.

Finally, working together with other federal agencies, the U.S. Department of Education is promoting the value of broadband and other technologies for lifelong learning. Broadband technologies have great educational value as well as far-reaching economic impact and on March 26, 2004, President Bush announced a major broadband initiative with the goal of connecting every home to broadband by 2007.

Links to Federal Resources

U.S. Department of Education: The U.S Department of Education administers a number of programs to ensure equal access to education and promote educational excellence for all Americans, and to make sure that no child is left behind. Visit http://www.ed.gov and http://www.nclb.gov.

Federal Communications Commission: The FCC oversees the Education Rate (E-Rate) program which provides affordable access to advanced telecommunications services for all eligible schools and libraries in the United States. Contact the Schools and Libraries Division at http://www.sl.universalservice.org.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration: One of NASA's top goals is to "inspire and motivate students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics". The NASA website provides excellent online resources for teachers and students at http://www.nasa.gov.

National Science Foundation: NSF makes grants and awards in all areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, as well as technology research. Contact NSF at http://www.nsf.gov.

U.S. Department of Agriculture: USDA's Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants support telemedicine services and distance learning services in rural areas. Contact the Rural Utilities Service at http://www.usda.gov/rus/.

U.S. Department of Commerce: Commerce is focused on America's competitiveness by furthering innovations in cutting-edge science and technology and providing resources to manage an unrivaled information base. Contact http://www.commerce.gov.

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy: OSTP advises the President on the impacts of science and technology on domestic and international affairs. OSTP leads an interagency effort to develop and to implement sound science and technology policies and budgets and to work with the private sector, state and local governments, the science and higher education communities, and other nations toward this end. Visit http://www.ostp.gov.


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