On December 10, 2015 the U.S. Department of Education announced the release of the 2016 National Education Technology Plan and new Future Ready commitments to support personalized professional learning for district leaders and educators working to improve teaching and student learning through the effective use of technology. As educators, advocates, parents, and policymakers, we must work to ensure equity of access to transformational learning experiences enabled by technology and personalized professional learning opportunities for educators and district leaders. The 2016 National Education Technology Plan, Future Ready Learning: Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education, articulates a vision of equity, active use, and collaborative leadership to make everywhere, all-the-time learning possible.
The plan recognizes the role that informal learning spaces play in closing the digital use divide and achieving equity, including spaces such as libraries, maker spaces, museums, clubs, workplaces, adult education programs, national parks, and online learning environments such as games, simulations, and educational apps.
OCTAE celebrates the 2016 Plan and the added energy it brings to our ongoing priorities, including:
- The LINCS Learner Center, making high-quality learning opportunities available on demand for adult earners
- The LINCS website and community of practice, making learning opportunities available for youth and adult educators, and supporting digital literacy in adult education programming
- The Reach Higher Career App Challenge, promoting the development of mobile solutions that will help students navigate education and career pathways
- The EdSim Challenge, pursuing the next generation of immersive educational 3D simulations
- The CTE Makerschool Challenge, broadening the reach of makerspaces through career and technical education