Department of Education

Students’ Own Interests Will Drive the School Day of the Future

Students’ Own Interests Will Drive the School Day of the Future

| January 24, 2011 | 1 Comment

The U.S. Department of Education has a clear vision of what the future school day should be. That’s apparent from my interviews with Karen Cator, the director of education technology. It’s also clearly outlined by the department’s deputy director Steve Midgley. I asked Midgley to spell out his thoughts about the topic. I think if […]

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Zeroing in on the Achievement Gap

Zeroing in on the Achievement Gap

| December 21, 2010 | 0 Comments

In the final post of the series of interviews, Department of Education’s Karen Cator discusses how the National Education Technology Plan addresses the achievement gap and how the plan squares with Race to the Top. – How is the achievement gap addressed in the National Education Technology Plan? How can technology bring the best education for […]

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How to Push for Progress? The Key is Tranparency

How to Push for Progress? The Key is Tranparency

| December 20, 2010 | 0 Comments

flickr:katerha In the third installment of my interview with Karen Cator, Director of Educational Technology at the Department of Education, we talk about how transparency in the digital age can help to motivate the education community to push for progress. I’ve heard a lot of frustration from the education community about decision-makers either not showing […]

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Karen Cator: Schools Should Get Creative With Spending

Karen Cator: Schools Should Get Creative With Spending

| December 17, 2010 | 0 Comments

Continuing my conversation with the Department of Education’s Director of Education Technology Karen Cator, we talk about how schools can find inventive ways of allotting money for tech tools. What’s your position on creative reallocation of funds in order to pull schools and districts into the 21st century? We’re going to have to figure out […]

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The DOE’s Guide to Allowing Online Access in Schools

The DOE’s Guide to Allowing Online Access in Schools

| December 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

Last month, the Department of Education released its 124-page, information-packed National Education Technology Plan. I spoke with Karen Cator, the Director of the Office of Educational Technology, about the reality of implementing some of these guidlines into the existing public education system. Her answers were direct, forthright, and sensible. It’s apparent that the authors spent […]

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How to Save America’s Education System, the DOE’s Step-by-Step Plan

How to Save America’s Education System, the DOE’s Step-by-Step Plan

| November 10, 2010 | 2 Comments

“To achieve our goal of transforming American education, we must rethink basic assumptions and redesign our education system.” It’s a bold and broad statement, but it’s backed up with specifics in the Department of Education’s National Education Technology Plan. With the goal of raising the proportion of college graduates from 41 to 60 percent in […]

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How Educators Can Help Stop Bullying

How Educators Can Help Stop Bullying

| October 26, 2010 | 1 Comment

Amidst heightened media coverage of cyberbullying, and a quickly spreading YouTube series of videos called It Gets Better, which depicts personal accounts of harassment and support for gays and lesbians (including a message from President Barack Obama himself), the Department of Education sent a 10-page letter to schools reminding them of their responsibilities to protect […]

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A Little Zing Goes a Long Way

A Little Zing Goes a Long Way

| October 8, 2010 | 3 Comments

Ifanyi Bell has been a classroom teacher, a filmmaker, and currently develops and produces educational media for web-based, digital asset repositories at KQED. By Ifanyi Bell The U.S. Department of Education just launched an interesting, eye-catching new website, Teach.gov, intended to spearhead the department’s push to support the teaching profession. All it took was a […]

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State School Chief Laments Loss of Federal Funds

State School Chief Laments Loss of Federal Funds

| August 24, 2010 | 0 Comments

In response the announcement that California did not receive any federal funds from the Race to the Top Program, a statement from State Schools’ Chief Jack O’Connell: “I am deeply disappointed that our application was not chosen as a winner in the Race to the Top competition. However, the loss of the funding may slow, […]

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