National edtech plan getting first refresh since 2017
The Office of Educational Technology of the Department of Education is beginning the process of updating the National Plan for Educational Technology, last published in 2017.
The office, which oversees federal edtech policies and initiatives in K-12 and higher education, announced Thursday is looking for a contractor to provide technical support on the plan, which offers federal recommendations and priorities for implementing and evaluating technology in learning. The office also posted an online form on its website to collect feedback on what to include in the report.
The national education technology plan aims to provide “a national vision and a technology-enabled learning plan,” which is achieved by reviewing past work and setting goals for the future, according to the 2017 version of the report. .
“In light of the rapid changes in technological capabilities over the past five years and the new political emphasis of the current Administration, the Department requires technical support to develop a new national plan for educational technology,” the contract said in the publication of the contract. 2022. “Overall, NETP 2022 will inspire research, development, and innovation in the use of technology to enhance student learning and enhance the ability of schools and districts to support and evaluate such learning.” .
The office said work begins with hiring a technical group to develop and review the report. Previously, there were researchers, superintendents, professors, and representatives of technology companies.
The role of the contractor is to manage the logistics of developing, drafting and reviewing the report. The contractor is also responsible for scheduling internal meetings and consulting with school administrators, technology CEOs, and policy makers.
The Edtech Office started the process to update the plan in 2019, working with the non-profit organization edtech Digital Promise. A listening session was scheduled for the South by Southwest education conference in March 2020, before the pandemic closed the event.
The deadline for applications is June 3.