National Education Technology Plan 2004
Letter from the Secretary
Dear Members of Congress:
As required by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, I am pleased to submit our vision and recommendations for a National Education Technology Plan.
This report is based on thoughtful input we have received from literally thousands of students, educators, administrators, technology experts and officials of numerous educational organizations. It also builds on the recommendations submitted to you by Secretary Richard W. Riley in 1996 and 2000.
As you may recall from previous statements I have made on this issue, our schools have generally trailed other areas of our society in exploring the many opportunities offered by technology. Too often, schools have simply applied technology to existing ways of teaching and learning, with marginal results in student achievement. I am pleased to report that this is now changing quite significantly.
Teachers and students are transforming what can be done in schools by using technology to access primary sources, expose our students to a variety of perspectives, and enhance the overall learning experience through multimedia, simulations and interactive software.
At the same time, teachers, principals and administrators are able to better track student achievement and adjust instruction more effectively to individual needs.
As detailed in this report, we are already seeing some remarkable results, driven by better use of existing technology and, to an important extent, by the bipartisan No Child Left Behind Act, which asks all of us to raise expectations and produce results. There is a new fervor in American education, a new creativity – driven in part by this generation of tech-savvy students – which I believe bodes well for the future of our country.
I thank you for your continued interest and support in the vital task before us. I believe you will find this report both interesting and encouraging. As always, I look forward to continuing to work with you to turn multiple opportunities for success into reality for our nation's nearly 50 million students.
Secretary, U.S. Department of Education