Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology


Start: 2010-12-30, Publication: 2011-03-28


The National Education Technology Plan 2010 (NETP) calls for revolutionary transformation rather than evolutionary tinkering. It urges our education system at all levels to * Be clear about the outcomes we seek. * Collaborate to redesign structures and processes for effectiveness, efficiency, and flexibility. * Continually monitor and measure our performance. * Hold ourselves accountable for progress and results every step of the way. The NETP presents a model of learning powered by technology, with goals and recommendations in five essential areas: learning, assessment, teaching, infrastructure, and productivity. The plan also identifies far-reaching “grand challenge” R&D problems that should be funded and coordinated at a national level.

The plan recognizes that technology is at the core of virtually every aspect of our daily lives and work, and we must leverage it to provide engaging and powerful learning experiences and content, as well as resources and assessments that measure student achievement in more complete, authentic, and meaningful ways. Technology-based learning and assessment systems will be pivotal in improving student learning and generating data that can be used to continuously improve the education system at all levels. Technology will help us execute collaborative teaching strategies combined with professional learning that better prepare and enhance educators’ competencies and expertise over the course of their careers. To shorten our learning curve, we should look to other kinds of enterprises, such as business and entertainment, that have used technology to improve outcomes while increasing productivity. We also should implement a new approach to research and development (R&D) in education that focuses on scaling innovative best practices in the use of technology in teaching and learning, transferring existing and emerging technology innovations into education, sustaining the R&D for education work that is being done by such organizations as the National Science Foundation, and creating a new organization to address major R&D challenges at the intersection of learning sciences, technology, and education.


Name:Owen Ambur


Name:Office of Educational Technology



  • U.S. Department of Education

  • National Education Technology Plan Technical Working GroupDaniel E. Atkins, University of Michigan; John Bennett, Akron Public Schools; John Seely Brown, Deloitte Center for the Edge; Aneesh Chopra, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; Chris Dede, Harvard University; Barry Fishman, University of Michigan; Louis Gomez, University of Pittsburgh; Margaret Honey, New York Hall of Science; Yasmin Kafai, University of Pennsylvania; Maribeth Luftglass, Fairfax County Public Schools; Roy Pea, Stanford University; Jim Pellegrino, University of Illinois, Chicago; David Rose, Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST); Candace Thille, Carnegie Mellon University; Brenda Williams, West Virginia Department of Education