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The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology (OET) provides leadership to the nation in using technology to promote student achievement and to increase opportunities for all students to achieve the goals of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
National Education Technology Plan
Under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, the Secretary of Education is charged with developing the third National Education Technology Plan. The revised Plan will establish a national strategy supporting the effective use of technology to improve student academic achievement and to prepare students for the 21st century. The U.S. Department of Education is seeking participation from a broad audience to provide input into the development of the Plan.
Published by the U.S. Department of Education, this handbook is designed to help decision makers and technology users prepare, collect and assess information about how technology is being used in their school systems, and suggests options to facilitate the assessment of technology used to support elementary and secondary education in the United States. You may access an on-line version of this publication, or obtain information to order a print version, at this link.
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology's webpage with on-line sites and resources on Internet Safety.
On May 29, 2003 the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Innovation and Improvement began the first of its Innovations in Education Exchange Series with a panel discussion on "Exploring Virtual Schools". More information and the archived webcast of the event are accessible from this link.
Once red-flagged by the New York City Department of Education for closing, Samuel Gompers Vocational and Technical High School now boasts exceptional progress in increasing student achievement. Located in the South Bronx, New York, the school runs programs that include Computer-Aided Design, Desktop Publishing, Pre-Engineering and Electronics. Last year the school received over 3,500 applications from students all over New York City for 400 spots.
Get Net Wise is a public service to help Internet users make informed, safe and responsible decisions about their family's use of the Internet. The site is filled with in-depth tools and information to help parents, students and schools safely and responsibly use the Internet. Get Net Wise is a project of the Internet Education Foundation, in participation with various Internet industry corporations and public interest organizations.
The Internet Education ExchangeiEdx
iEdx strives to help the improvement of learning, schooling and teaching in the United States via the use of the Internet as a powerful tool to build understanding and support for expanding the array of options for parents and teachers in the education of America's young people and injecting healthy competition into America's school systems.
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is the Governor's School for Science and Technology in Northern Virginia. The school offers a comprehensive college preparatory program with a special emphasis on science, mathematics and technology. Thomas Jefferson High School demonstrates outstanding achievement in preparing its students to excel in both higher education and the emerging technology-based workforce of the 21st Century. An average of 99 percent of the school's students go on to attend a four-year college.
The primary goal of the Ed-Tech State grant program is to improve student academic achievement through the use of technology in schools. The program also assists students in crossing the digital divide by ensuring that every student is technologically literate by the end of eighth grade, and encourages the effective integration of technology with teacher training and curriculum development to establish successful research-based instructional methods.
The No Child Left Behind official web site provides resources and information to help answer questions about the new education law signed by President Bush on January 8, 2002.
On this site the U.S. Department of Education offers information about school choice, supplemental services, testing and accountability, as well as parenting tips on reading and homework.
The Achiever is a biweekly electronic newsletter published by the U.S. Department of Education that contains news and articles on education reform, tips for parents and teachers, and resources related to No Child Left Behind.
John Bailey is the Director of Educational Technology for the U.S. Department of Education. As Director, he coordinates the development and implementation of the Department's educational technology policies. Previous to his appointment to this position, he served as a Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Education, Eugene Hickok. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Education, Mr. Bailey served as Pennsylvania's first Director of Educational Technology where he coordinated educational technology policy for former Governor Tom Ridge.
Mary Ann Hawthorne
Mary Ann Hawthorne has been the Principal of Samuel Gompers Vocational and Technical High School since 1991. During her tenure, Ms. Hawthorne adopted a new curriculum, implemented new technical programs, increased school safety and security and increased staff developmentall contributing to record highs in student performance and on state exam scores. In January of this year, Mary Ann Hawthorne was honored by President George W. Bush and Education Secretary Rod Paige as one of the top eight principals in the United States.
Students, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Students from Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, Virginia, will take part in a special live conversation about the role of technology in their lives. Thomas Jefferson High School students come from throughout Fairfax County, Virginia, and are selected on the basis of aptitude and interest in the biological, physical, mathematical and computer sciences. Thomas Jefferson is a magnet school committed to preparing its students to excel in both higher education and the emerging technology-based workforce of the 21st Century.
Tim Lordan is the Staff Director for the Internet Education Foundation (IEF), a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the potential of the Internet. The IEF assists the efforts of the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee in educating Congress about the Internet and related technology issues. In 1999, Mr. Lordan helped develop and launch GetNetWisea "one-click" on-line resource for parents to educate themselves and their children about how to use the Internet safely. Mr. Lordan has since launched the "State of the Net" project designed to measure the cultural, socio-political and economic successes of the Internet.
Onnie Shekerjian and her husband, Brian, of Tempe, Arizona, have long shared a commitment to education. They have three children; ages 21, 18, and 12. Currently, as the Parent Advocacy Director of The Internet Education Exchange (iEdx), she is able to help other parents find the best educational opportunities available for their children. Ms. Shekerjian has served on over three dozen public education committees, boards and commissions at the state, district and school level. In 1995, she co-founded Arizona Parents Association for Children's Education (APACE), a parent advocacy . She also serves as the President of the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools.