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Technology can be used in many ways in today's classroom. It can be used to conduct research on the World Wide Web and provide access to seemingly unlimited resources. Technology can be used to analyze the results of experiments, inputting data into spreadsheets and graphing the results. It provides the opportunity to communicate with peers and experts around the world through email and video conferencing. Technology also makes it possible for students to demonstrate their understanding in ways other than traditional written tests and reports.
Digital and video cameras, scanners, graphing calculators, even audiocassette recorders are technologies that can be used in the classroom to enhance and extend teaching and learning. It is in this context, as a tool to improve teaching and learning, that educational technology should be viewed.
The State Board of Education adopted new Educational Technology Standards in December 2008 aligned to the National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS*S).
The goal of the EdTech Professional Development Cadre is to identify and disseminate best practices targeting technology integration into teaching and learning.
The primary goal of the Ed Tech program is to improve student academic achievement through the use of technology in elementary and secondary schools.
A variety of distance learning tools provide students and teachers with access to information, course content, communication, and experiences never before imagined.
Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about educational technology.
Technology plans are required for NCLB Title II-D funding and e-Rate Discounts.
State Technology Plan
The purpose of this document is to create an overall Strategic Technology Vision that will lay a path for accomplishments expected by 2012 and also align with the USDE Strategic Plan, ODE Strategic Framework, IRMD Strategic Plan, E2T2/E-Rate Plan, Oregon School Board Vision and the Quality Education Model.
Assessment & Evaluation
At this time there are no statewide assessments for technology. Development of statewide assessments will begin in the summer of 2008.
Many resources are available at no cost to schools to provide training for their students regarding Internet Safety.
This page contains a list of some of the local, national, and international organizations dedicated to improved Educational Technology instruction.
Resources & Links
Resources and links related to educational technology.
It is a policy of the State Board of Education and a priority of the Oregon Department of Education that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the grounds of race, color, sex, marital status, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or disability in any educational programs, activities or employment. Persons having questions about equal opportunity and nondiscrimination should contact the Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction at the Oregon Department of Education, 255 Capitol Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97310; phone 503-947-5740; or fax 503-378-4772.
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