The Future of Teachers + Technology

The US Department of Education recently released a draft of the National Educational Technology Plan entitled Transforming Education: Learning Powered by Technology. It made an attempt at outlining the relationship education and technology should have in the coming years.

Similar to much of the research I’ve read on the subject, the research complies with the idea that students need to learn individually, based on their own pace, style and curriculum, rather than at the mean of the entire classroom.

The technical recommendations in the plan, cited from Mashable, include:

  • Adequate broadband and wireless access inside and outside of school
  • At least one Internet access device for every student and educator inside and outside of school
  • R&D into the use of gaming, simulations, and virtual worlds for instruction and assessment
  • Encouragement of cloud computing for school districts
  • Use of Creative Commons and Open Education licenses
  • Changes to FERPA (Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act) to open access to student data
  • Changes to CIPA (Children’s Internet Protection Act) to open access to the Internet and rethink how filtering works in school

Teachers and students: what would you add or remove?