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Dear Colleague Letter: Federal Funding for Technology

Technology can help transform learning when used with innovative instructional approaches such as those outlined in the National Education Technology Plan. Yet many schools, particularly high-need schools, lack the connectivity, resources, and support for teachers and leaders needed to implement digital learning strategies. The President’s ConnectED Initiative, unveiled in June 2013, sets a clear goal to have high-speed internet to the classroom, affordable mobile learning devices, high-quality learning content, and support for teachers to move to digital learning within five years. To reach this goal, federal agencies, state and local educational agencies, and private-sector partners must work together to bring the right resources to the table.

The purpose of this letter is to help state, district, and eligible partnership grantees better understand how they may be able to use their federal grant funds to support innovative technology-based strategies to personalize learning.

Note: Although this guidance references the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act, which is generally in effect only through the 2016-17 school year, it contains approaches and examples for educational technology that remain relevant. Note added on October 21, 2016.

Dear Colleague Letter: Federal Funding for Technology

This letter provides guidance for using federal grant funds to support innovative technology-based strategies to personalize learning.

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