These Priorities are grounded in OET’s vision of Digital Equity & Opportunity where our efforts aim to support and enable the conditions and activities that create possibilities for all learners and educators to fully participate in society and economy
The implementation and adoption of affordable, reliable, high-speed broadband and devices in schools, homes, and the community can support learners’ foundational technology access, which enables anywhere, anytime learning.
High-quality educational opportunities should be available to all learners. Creating an open education ecosystem involves making learning materials, data, and educational opportunities available without restrictions imposed by copyright laws, access barriers, or exclusive proprietary systems that lack interoperability and limit the free exchange of information.
Preparing students to be successful for the future requires a robust and flexible learning infrastructure capable of supporting new types of engagement and providing ubiquitous access to the technology tools that allow students to create, design, and explore.
When educational systems partner with families and communities to support the effective use of technology in teaching and learning, then learners will benefit from both optimized school-community partnerships and educator capacities to increase transparency, extend learning time, and resolve pitfalls of technology usage by learners.
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.
Emerging Trends and Technologies
Emerging trends in technology enable new capacities for innovative approaches to education The Office of Educational Technology works to establish a vision for how emerging technology can be used to deliver safe, effective, and fair learning experiences.
Emerging technologies often promise a range of benefits, including improved teaching, learning, and assessment outcomes. Collective understanding of and accountability for emerging technologies’ effectiveness and equitable design, development and implementation is critical to optimizing learners’ experiences
The Office of Educational Technology aims to examine approaches to measuring educational technology efficacy and engagement from ideation to scaling in order to influence federal policies that guide states and districts in adopting promising innovations that meet students’ and families’ needs.