Election 2008

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Education Groups Push Technology into Presidential Campaigns

June 27, 2008 12:03 PM
by Christopher Coats
A collaborative effort between some of the nation’s largest education advocacy groups is trying to make sure technology is at the center of this year’s election debate on education.

30-Second Summary

The One Giant Leap for Kids campaign is trying to make sure presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama both place technology at the forefront of their education policies.

The push comes amid worries that American K-12 students are falling behind their counterparts in other nations, ultimately making the country’s workforce less competitive.

The Giant Leap campaign comes from the EdTech Action Network, a new consortium made up of The Consortium for School Networking, the International Society for Technology in Education, the state Educational Technology Directors Association and the National Education Association (NEA).

The NEA recently released a report concluding that efforts to train and support teachers in the field of technology integration have been inadequate, leaving teachers unprepared to address the needs of students in a 21st-century classroom.

Combining the member groups’ influence and reach, EdTech has launched a petition and several outreach and advertising efforts to make technology in education a public policy priority.

Both candidates have addressed the need for education reform
on their official Web sites. Only Obama has specifically addressed the role of technology in the process, though in a section of his site dedicated to technology, not education.

Headline Links: A push for tech in schools

Background: Further behind

Reactions: Less than hoped for

Opinion & Analysis: A more competitive field demands definition

Reference: The presidential candidates and education technology


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