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What We Do

The U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology (OET) develops national educational technology policy and establishes the vision for how technology can be used to transform teaching and learning and how to make everywhere, all-the-time learning possible for early learners through K-12, higher education, and adult education.

Technology can be a powerful tool for transforming learning. It can help affirm and advance relationships between educators and students, reinvent our approaches to learning and collaboration, shrink long-standing equity and accessibility gaps, and adapt learning experiences to meet the needs of all learners.

Our schools, community colleges, and universities should be incubators of exploration and invention. Educators should be collaborators in learning, seeking new knowledge, and constantly acquiring new skills alongside their students. Education leaders should set a vision for creating learning experiences that provide the right tools and supports for all learners to thrive.

However, to realize fully the benefits of technology in our education system and provide authentic learning experiences, educators need to be properly prepared to use technology effectively in their practice. Furthermore, education stakeholders should commit to working together across organizational and geographic boundaries to use technology to improve American education.

OET carries out its mission by:

  • Promoting equity of access to transformational learning experiences enabled by technology;
  • Supporting personalized professional learning for state, district and school leaders and educators;
  • Ensuring all learners are connected to broadband internet in their classrooms and have access to high-quality, affordable digital learning resources at school and at home;
  • Fostering a robust ecosystem of entrepreneurs and innovators; and,
  • Leading cutting-edge research to provide new types of evidence and to customize and improve learning.

OET resides in the Office of the Secretary of Education and works in collaboration with other ED offices, the White House, and other federal agencies on issues related to the effective use of technology to support teaching and learning. OET is also the primary Department of Education office for outreach to the ed tech developer community.

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