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Additional $950M for Educational Technology Explained

26 March 2009 No Comment

Enhancing Education through Technology (EETT) is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) signed into law by President Obama on February 17th, 2009.

In recent years, US educators had only one primary source of funds from the federal government for educational technology. The available $270M was part of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act or Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT). With the new Stimulus package, an additional $650M is available to states under the same formula as the old EETT funds. By using existing EETT mechanisms, the hope is money will quickly make its way to schools and expand technology-enhanced learning opportunities by Fall of 2009.

EETT Program Description

The primary goal of this program is to improve student achievement through the use of technology in elementary and secondary schools. Additional goals include helping all students become technologically literate by the end of the eighth grade and, through the integration of technology with both teacher training and curriculum development, establishing research-based instructional methods that can be widely implemented.

Types of Projects

Local activities include the support of continuing, sustained professional development programs and public-private partnerships. Activities also include: the use of new or existing technologies to improve academic achievement; the acquisition of curricula that integrate technology and are designed to meet challenging state academic standards; the use of technology to increase parent involvement in schools; and the use of technology to collect, manage, and analyze data to enhance teaching and school improvement.

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