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Stories from the Field

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Sharing Stories of EdTech Innovation

This new tool highlights stories of innovation happening in schools across the nation. By amplifying great stories and sharing good practices, we hope to connect districts, schools, and educators so they can learn from each other’s experiences.

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Developing for Impact

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Ed Tech Developer's Guide

April 2015

This guide for developers, startups and entrepreneurs addresses key questions about the education ecosystem and highlights critical needs and opportunities to develop digital tools and apps for learning.

President Obama's 2016 Budget

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Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT)

The Obama Administration requests $200 million in fiscal year 2016 for Educational Technology State Grants to help ensure teachers and leaders have the skills and tools to use technology effectively to improve instruction and personalize learning.

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Educational Quality through Innovative Partnerships (EQUIP)

The Department of Education is inviting applications for the Educational Quality through Innovative Partnerships (EQUIP) experiment. EQUIP will accelerate and evaluate innovation through partnerships between colleges and universities and non-traditional providers of education, such as intensive “boot camps” building skills in particular fields, specific programs awarding certificates aligned to employer needs, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). A partnership of postsecondary institutions, one or more non-traditional education providers, and a quality assurance entity will ensure transparency of student outcomes in learning and employment, and provide tools for ongoing quality improvement. Eligible programs will lead to a degree or certificate, build students’ transferable academic credits, and provide students with the ever-changing skills they need for today’s economy.

For more information and upcoming events, visit:

EQUIP program Information Page including upcoming calls and events.

HOME ROOM Blog Post announcing EQUIP.

Federal Register Notice containing official details of the program.

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Future Ready

Future Ready builds on the momentum of the President’s ConnectED Initiative with the launch of the Future Ready Pledge. The pledge recognizes the importance of building human capacity within schools and districts for effectively using increased connectivity and new devices to transform teaching and learning.

Innovation in the Classroom

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Games for Learning

Video games are important learning tools that provide immersive, interactive, and creative spaces for students to learn and explore in the 21st century classroom. ED is committed to fostering the broader adoption of high quality games in schools and informal learning settings.

Connecting Schools

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Future Ready Schools: Building Technology Infrastructure for Learning

November 2014

This guide provides practical, actionable information intended to help district leaders (superintendents, principals, and teacher leaders) navigate the many decisions required to deliver cutting-edge connectivity to students.