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The National Education Technology Plan (.pdf) reads like a somewhat random mix of concepts that have been discussed in various blogs and forums over the last decade: connected learning, 21st century skills, data-driven improvement, learning networks, life-wide learning, etc. Nothing new here. What is new, however, is the organization publishing the document: U.S. Department of Education. Many a school reformer, conference presenter, and consultant – not to mention tech companies – will be salivating over this report.
The drawback is the approach taken – if you proclaim connected, collaborative learning is the future, then why not demonstrate it in how you create the report? Why not collaborate rather than deliver it whole? The difficulty with connected learning is that it’s almost impossible to understand unless you directly experience it. And, it’s always easier to talk about it than it is to practice it.


  1. Gerry wrote:

    They are kind of inviting folks to connect over this draft plan, and invitation or not, it is starting to happen on Twitter and other social networks in the K-12 realm.

    Friday, March 12, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Permalink
  2. Kerry Rice wrote:

    In defense of the report… although the report itself was not created in a collaborative manner, there were calls for input into each of the major constructs addressed in the report during the preparation process.

    Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Permalink
  3. Alvira Khan wrote:

    A connected, collaborated approach to e-learning would be a worthy approach to take. I wonder if there are any pilot programs that have explored this possibility. As long as direction is maintained with regards to the subject-matter, then I can only see more possibilities for technological enhancement in education when different perspectives and suggestions are considered. Alvira Khan, Florida Atlantic University, FAU Boca Raton Alumna.

    Friday, April 2, 2010 at 11:59 am | Permalink

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