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Learn from other countries.

A comprehensive survey of what other countries are doing to take advantage of technology to advance learning would be a great contribution. Too often, we in the U.S. limit our vision to what's going on here. We need to look beyond our own borders to see what models and solutions are out there that we might appropriate and build upon.

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Leveraging Virtual Professional Development

How can we expand opportunities and awareness of virtual professional development to all educators? How do we develop empowered and "highly connected teachers", a concept often referred to by the DoE's Karen Cator? Tech savvy educators are leveraging Web 2.0 tools to build personal learning networks which support their interests and professional development needs (see Steve Hargadon's Classroom 2.0 site for example: ...more »

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Connect Classrooms Globally

Technology now gives our educators and students the opportunity to learn with the world, not just about it. The challenge: how do we help empower a new generation of young citizens who are aware of and comfortable with interaction with peers worldwide when most schools do not have the flexibility to pursue such connections? The education community and private sector companies have identified global awareness, ability ...more »

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Student Engagement through Authentic Simulations

Our curriculum is fragmented and NCLB increases the focus on subject-specific content. Our students are left less-engaged in a school day that seem disconnected from the real world, and the real-world skills they will need as adults.

Tech simulations/games can engage students in holistic and authentic environments. Can we develop these so that they also allow teachers integrate content, stressed by NCLB?

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Use technology for performance assessment.

Performance assessment is a powerful way to measure the acquisition of skill as opposed to knowledge. The high cost of implementing performance assessment (e.g. senior projects, writing assessments) has limited its use. Digital Promise could support work to advance applications of technology in performance assessment that could bring costs down.

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Scaffolding Inquiry to Foster Problem Solving Skills

The success of the United States has been built on innovation. Unfortunately, our education system is failing to produce the next generation of innovators required for the US to be competitive in the global market. To solve this problem, we must foster problem-solving skills in students from all backgrounds - not just those in prosperous private and public schools. Technology can level the playing field in this regard ...more »

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Development of technology leadership

To move forwards, schools need educational leaders who understand the risks and benefits of technology and can help be instructional leaders. There is a need for Technology Institutes to help principals, superintendents, etc. to develop the sort of risk-taking, innovative, creative, and supportive tech leaders that are needed so that they become enablers, not barriers to technology innovation in schools. But they need ...more »

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Help Students Learn to Read - Explore the Test and Train Model

I am a clinical neuropsychologist from a family of teachers and have developed a fun reading program for grades K-3 that systematically develops reading skills. It has become clear to me that children from K to 3rd grade must learn to read, because from 4th grade on they must read to learn. In order to achieve this goal the TNT Reading software first tests a student's skills and then develops a targeted training program ...more »

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Leveling the Playing Field

If the "at risk" portions of our population continue to lack access to learning technologies, the opportunity gap in our country could soon become dangerously wide. We must find innovative ways to work together to ensure the most "at-risk" portions of our population have access to state of the art digital learning tools.

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Combine Arts and Science/Technology curriculums

Arts education is often used as an enhancement to "core" curricula in Language Math and Technology. In reality the arts and creative activity deploys amazingly well-developed technology and science. From painting to digital animation to musical instruments the Arts is math and science, and artistic practice can be used to give students a window into applied math, technology, and science. Let's stop separating arts and ...more »

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Scaling Literacy and Numeracy Through Global Storytelling

New mobile technologies offer the K-12 classrooms worldwide unlimited opportunities for scaling the teaching and learning of reading, writing, and numeracy. New writing, audio, and video storytelling tools are being developed daily. Research shows that peer collaborative storytelling, editing and feedback is a powerful motivator for student learning. The challenge: how do US classrooms, which commonly ban cell phones ...more »

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