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The grant will be used to help develop a technology strategic plan for Indiana's K-12 education system. The plan will focus on the best ways to use technology for professional development and to better deliver instruction. Officials say a plan should be developed by this fall.

Source: Inside INdiana Business

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Marvin Bailey, president of the Corporation for Education Technology (CET), today announced the corporation has received a $225,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help the Indiana Educational Technology Council (ETC) prepare a new technology strategic plan for Indiana’s K-12 education system. Bailey is facilitating the preparation of the plan for ETC, which was appointed recently by Governor Mitch Daniels and Superintendent of Public Instruction Suellen Reed.

“As we focus on the skills that students require to compete in the 21st century workplace, we are aware that we need to utilize better the investments we are making in technology to support learning in our classrooms,” Dr. Reed said. “This grant funding from the Endowment to CET will be used in part to help ETC look at the most effective systems in place today in schools across the nation so that we might build more effective models in Indiana.”

The goals of this planning effort include articulating an overall state mission, vision and strategy for using technology to advance K-12 education in Indiana. They also include building an effective and sustainable infrastructure to support the technology that will provide both stability and the capacity to respond to change. Research of what sorts of plans are working well around the country and what makes them work well will be conducted. Additionally, CET will survey technology models that currently exist in Indiana and recommend how to capitalize on the successful efforts already in place for student-centered and learning-focused use of technology. Mechanisms for using technology to facilitate better financial and student performance reporting from school districts also will be included.

“Without being prescriptive, we plan to articulate a direction for schools in Indiana on how technology might be used to reengineer the delivery of instruction. This includes using it to facilitate professional development and track student progress toward meeting the academic goals for our students,” said Bailey. “We will blend some of the entrepreneurial thinking of the business leaders with that of educators who have been on the leading edge of technology use in their classrooms, schools and districts.”

Dr. Reed and Bailey expect that a plan will be developed by fall, with recommendations to Dr. Reed and Governor Daniels later this year.

The Corporation for Educational Technology is a not-for profit organization that administers the Buddy Project, a group of K-12 technology initiatives which support improved student achievement through data-driven planning, targeted academic instruction, shared reflective teaching practice and quality professional development.

For more information about CET, please see: www.buddyproject.org.

Source: The Corporation for Education Technology

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