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May 12, 2013 by

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Getting America’s Students Ready for the 21st Century: Meeting the Technology Literacy Challenge, June 1996
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Members of Congress:

Over the last decade, the use of technology in American life has exploded. Yet most schools are still unable to provide the powerful learning opportunities afforded by technology, placing our children at a competitive disadvantage in the new, international marketplace of jobs, commerce, and trade.

Computers are the “new basic” of American education, and the Internet is the blackboard of the future. But the future is here and now, and we cannot miss this opportunity to help all of our young people grow and thrive. I strongly believe that if we help all of our children to become technologically literate, we will give a generation of young people the skills they need to enter this new knowledge- and information-driven economy.

To achieve this end, and in response to the Improving America’s Schools Act of 1994 (Public Law 103-382), I have prepared a national, long-range technology plan. At the heart of this plan is the President’s Technology Literacy Challenge, which urges that the nation’s students be technologically literate by early in the 21st century.

Because of the vital significance of the technology challenge to America’s future, we sought advice from many different parties: teachers, students, parents, administrators, employers, and experts on the cutting edge of the technology revolution. The accompanying plan distills and builds upon this advice, proposing actions for meeting the Technology Literacy Challenge. Although the federal government has an important role in helping to galvanize efforts, the challenge is a clarion call to local communities and states and to the private and nonprofit sectors from which leadership and initiative must come.

I invite Congress to join in this undertaking by initiating a five-year, $2-billion commitment to a Technology Literacy Challenge Fund. The fund will be aimed at helping states and local communities to create and implement their own plans for integrating technology into teaching and learning for the purpose of achieving excellence among our students. I look forward to working with you to make this outcome a reality.


Sincerely,Richard W. Riley
Secretary of Education

Table of Contents

Letter from the Secretary
Executive Summary
Technological Literacy: A National Priority
The Technology Literacy Challenge
The Technology Goals
An Investment in the Future
Benefits of Technology Use
Enhanced Student AchievementBasic Skills Instruction
Advanced Skills Instruction
Assessment of Student Progress
Student Motivation
Increased Family Involvement
Improved Teachers’ Skills
Improved School Administration and Management
Characteristics of Successful Technology-Rich Schools
Reaching the Technology Goals
Progress Report
Cost of Meeting the Four GoalsTypes of Costs
Cost Estimates
Funding Challenges
No Community Left Behind
Roles Supporting Local Action Plans
Role of the Federal GovernmentTechnology Literacy Challenge Fund
Affordable Connections
Improved Professional Development
Improved Educational Software
Continued Investment in Educational Technology
Effective Use of Technology by Major Education Programs
Clearinghouse for Good Ideas
State-of-the-Art Tools
Closing the Divide Between Technology “Haves” and “Have-Nots”
Monitoring Progress Towards Technology Goals
Role of States and Local CommunitiesLeadership and Planning
Ongoing Support for Teachers
Modern Multimedia Computers in the Classroom
Effective Educational Software and On-Line Learning Resources
Adequate Financial Support and Equitable Access
Role of Higher Education and Private and Nonprofit SectorsSupporting Professional Development
Instructional Materials
Collaboration With Elementary and Secondary Schools
Research on the Use of Technology in Education
From Vision to Reality
A. How This Plan Was Developed
B. Federal Support for Technology in Education
C. State Support for Technology in Education
D. Sources of Further Information

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