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EdTech News Roundup: E-Teacher of the Year, New Edu-Focused Research Agency, & the Effects of a Technology-Free Education

Posted in Teacher Tools on March 15, 2011 by

In this week’s EdTech Roundup, check out stories about the ways schools are using technology to expand their students’  learning opportunities–and the ways that they are not. Plus, read about this year’s E-Teacher of the Year and Obama’s proposal for ARPA-Ed, a new federal research agency.

1. White House Wants Agency for Education IT

President Obama has announced a proposal for a $90 million education-focused federal research agency, to be called the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Education (ARPA-ED). The agency would develop innovative technology for learning and teaching. Read more in this release from the Department of Education.

2. Colo. Woman Named E-Teacher of the Year

Kristen Kipp, an English teacher at the 21st Century Virtual Academy in Golden, CO, was named the National Online teacher of the Year by the Southern Regional Education Board and the International Association for K-12 Online Learning. The 21st Century Virtual Academy is part of the Jefferson County, CO school system; Kipp teaches 11th and 12th graders.

3. Groups Decry Technology Cuts in Federal Education Budget

After proposed cuts to the Enhancing Education through Technology (EETT) program, which is the “sole source of dedicated federal funding supporting education technologies,” education advocacy groups are banding together to express their disappointment and worries for the future.

4. Return to Sender: New Graduates Lack Tech-Based “Soft Skills”

In this feature story from THE Journal, Dan Gordan discusses how a lack of technology integration in K-12 classrooms affects students’ futures.

5. iPads Invade the Computer Lab

A private school in Hawaii designed its new “energy lab” around the Apple iPad. “The tablets resonate with the way we designed the building as a flexible learning space,” says the director of the lab.