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Announcing the Winners of the Reimagining Higher Education Ecosystem Challenge

We are excited to announce the winners of the Reimagining the Higher Education Ecosystem Challenge. Through this challenge, we called upon…

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Join us for the ESSA Report Card Design Challenge to help rethink how families...

What if you could design a solution that would provide more accessible information for families and their advocates as they navigate…

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A Dynamic Response from a Dynamic Postsecondary Ecosystem

Announcing the 25 Higher Education Ecosystem Challenge Finalists — Vote on the public choice winners!

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Department makes Learning Registry code base available and invites public to...

The U.S. Department of Education invites the public to innovate and build on the Learning Registry project when support ends on September…

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Reimagining Higher Education in the Changing World

Today we are launching a challenge, seeking the best ideas worldwide for how to align our postsecondary educational ecosystem to the future of work and life.

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Context and Implementation Matter

It’s complicated: With so many edtech options to evaluate, schools shouldn’t be in it alone.

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Data, Data Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink: The Importance of...

As the focus on evidence-based practices has increased in education, practitioners are increasingly using data to make decisions to improve…

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How to Buy Smart: Creating Well-Informed Consumers of Educational Interventions

The word “procurement” can bring to mind a bureaucratic process involving lots of paperwork, but the substance of procurement is critical —…

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There’s More to Life than Test Scores: Measuring Social and Emotional Skills...

Success in both school and the workforce requires not just academic knowledge and skills, but also a broad range of social and behavioral…

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Innovating Beyond SXSW EDU: Announcing the Higher Education Ecosystem Challenge

It goes without saying, but at SXSW EDU, there is a tremendous amount of innovation on display. Walking around over the past few days, we…

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Growing #GoOpen: U.S.

The U.S. Department of Education is excited to announce a new partnership with the education nonprofit, the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education...

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Champions aren’t just at the Olympics: Why your district needs a Rapid Cycle...

When it comes to the process of selecting and implementing ed tech in K-12 schools, change is needed. While districts are estimated to…

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Building Evaluation Capacity: How the Coach Empowers School and District...

What if school districts had ready access to locally generated evidence about what strategies and tools are most effective for their own…

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Esports and Competitive Gaming: Trends in Game-Based Education

In the small town of Elida outside of Lima, Ohio, five students waited to compete. Like any team of athletes, they were nervous and excited…

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Eight Lessons Learned From Piloting the Rapid Cycle Evaluation Coach

For the last 18 months, the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, in partnership with the Institute of…

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#GoOpen: More than a Hashtag

Big things have small beginnings.

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OET Round-Up: A Guide to OET’s Guidance, Publication, and Resources

Through multiple administrations, the Office of Educational Technology (OET) has benefited from some fairly unique aspects of our founding…

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School Librarians: [Un]Quiet Leaders of Digital Change

Last spring at the #GoOpen Exchange, I had the opportunity to facilitate a discussion with district leaders on approaches to curating…

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Education Innovation Clusters: Moving Forward

As the administration comes to a close, it seems appropriate to take a moment to reflect on the growth of education innovation clusters in…

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Future Personalized Learning Systems at a Crossroads: Augmented Reality or...

Technology-enabled personalized learning systems continue to capture the imaginations of educators, and for good reason. The promise of…

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Updating the National Education Technology Plan — 2017

In just one year since the release of the 2016 National Educational Technology Plan (NETP), we have witnessed rapid change across the…

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What is Personalized Learning?

In the past if you’d seen one definition of personalized learning, you’d seen… well… one definition of personalized learning. While this is…

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Learning Together: A Parent Perspective on the Early Learning and Educational...

It was no surprise to me to find this entry from my husband’s second grade school journal. As parents of two young children (ages 2.5 and 6…

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U.S. Department of Education Announces Final Regulation on Open Licensing...

This blog was originally published on the U.S. Department of Education’s Homeroom Blog.

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Playing Together: Trends in Game-Based Education

We were clustered around one of several tables filled with sticky notes on a rainy day at the SXSWEdu conference. A senior executive at an…

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The Call To Action: Refining Educational Technology’s Place in Teacher...

In our innovative classrooms across America, students are using technology in ways that were unheard of just ten short years ago. In a…

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Happy Birthday, #GoOpen!

One year ago today, the U.S. Department of Education launched #GoOpen, a national movement to expand and accelerate the adoption of openly…

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Preview of New Tool for Schools: Ed Tech Rapid Cycle Evaluation (RCE) Coach

Districts and states are spending millions of dollars buying educational apps (technology applications, tools and platforms), many of which…

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Building Capacity for the Effective Use of Technology: New Guidance on Student...

We are making rapid progress across the country in bringing broadband to our nation’s classrooms. Thanks to the many participants in the…

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Early Learners, Ed Tech, and Active Learning

What does active learning look like for early learners?

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Personalizing the Learning Experience: New Insights from Future Ready Schools

When done well, personalized learning has the potential to radically transform how we teach and learn and how we create more equitable…

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Personalizing the Learning Experience: Research-Based Policies and Practices...

We know from experience with other transformative innovations in education that personalized learning will work in our schools only if we…

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Personalizing the Learning Experience: The Changing Role of the Learner

One of the many benefits of personalized learning is that it empowers learners to develop agency and responsibility for their own learning…

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Personalizing the Learning Experience: The New Human Capital Landscape

Through the Race to the Top — District (RTT-D) program, the U.S. Department of Education invested in innovative approaches to personalized…

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Personalizing the Learning Experience: Leveraging Openly Licensed Educational...

I distinctly remember walking into my first classroom as a new teacher to find an assortment of desks, items to be used in learning…

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The Lego Bin

When I was a kid, my brother and I played with Legos quite frequently. During holidays and birthdays we would occasionally get a new set of…

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Four Ways You Can Put the National Ed Tech Plan to Work

Early evidence from across the country suggests the 2016 National Education Technology Plan (NETP16) is supporting states, districts, and…

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Sustaining a Culture of Learning for Educators

If we want our teachers to allow students the opportunity to personalize their learning experiences, then we should afford teachers those…

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Building Robust Infrastructure as a Tool for Equity

At its most basic level, technological infrastructure means having the wires, switches, and access points necessary to get broadband…

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Personalizing the Learning Experience: Providing Transformative Learning...

Promoting equity and excellence at every level of education to ensure that every child has the opportunity to succeed is one of U.S…

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Sharing Stories of Collaborative Leadership

What does Collaborative Leadership look like in practice? That’s the question I asked myself while waiting for my flight from Washington…

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Getting Started: Future Ready Leaders

To support the vision and goals of the 2016 National Education Technology Plan, the Office of Educational Technology recently released…

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Why #GoOpen? Why now?

About a year ago, I received a remarkable call on my way to the airport. I remember listening closely above the sound of the wind and in…

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NETP16 and Future Ready: Closing the Digital Use Divide through STEM Magnet...

STEM magnet schools are suffering from a lack of diversity in their student bodies.

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Lifelong and Lifewide Adult Learning

The 2016 National Education Technology Plan (NETP16) challenges us to “reimagine the role of technology in education” including how we can…

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The Case for More African American Active Users

African American leadership in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields is nothing new. From doctor, engineer, and academic…

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What do we mean when we say, “Transformative learning experiences powered by...

When I was in the fourth grade, I lived in a small, mostly rural community surrounded by giant rice fields in Arkansas. I spent my summers…

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#NETP16: Setting a vision of equity, active use, and collaborative leadership

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is charged with promoting “…student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by…

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Games for Learning Summit

Expanding the Conversation Between Educators and Game Designers

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Developing for Impact

Making Meaningful Change, Not Just More Apps

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