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Leading experts in the field of education and technology have announced a new initiative that aims to assist education policy makers as they attempt to integrate technology and education in the U.S. There is a consensus that the combination of technology and education has enormous potential, yet to date the education sector has been slow to adapt to new and rapidly advancing technologies when compared to other industries.

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Leading experts in the field of education and technology have announced a new initiative that aims to assist education policy makers as they attempt to integrate technology and education in the U.S. There is a consensus that the combination of technology and education has enormous potential, yet to date the education sector has been slow to adapt to new and rapidly advancing technologies when compared to other industries.
The Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission has been set up by industry experts to develop a blueprint detailing how technology can be used to transform and improve education in America. The LEAD Commission will be Co-Chaired by Columbia University President Lee Bollinger; Co-Founder of TPG Capital James Coulter; former Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings; and Common Sense Media Founder and CEO James Steyer, and will be supported by the FCC and the Department of Education. The Commission will also incorporate input from a cross-section of teachers, parents, local government officials, school officials, students and education technology industry leaders.
The goal of the Commission is to build on the National Education Technology Plan released by the US Department of Education in November 2010 and the National Broadband Plan released by the FCC in March 2010. Building on these plans the Commission will aim to: develop a fact base of current efforts, key trends, cost implications and obstacles to adoption of existing technologies; examine how technology has been a catalyst for improvement in other sectors and what that implies for how technology and digital content could positively impact teaching and learning over time; recommend policies and funding vehicles that may be needed to ensure that school systems can successfully incorporate technology.
FCC Education Secretary Duncan said recently, “It’s no exaggeration to say that technology is the new platform for learning. Technology isn’t an option that schools may or may not choose for their kids. Technological competency is a requirement for entry into the global economy – and the faster we embrace it – the more we maintain and secure our economic leadership in the 21st century.”
While FCC Chairman Genachowski expanded, “I’m pleased these leaders are rising to the challenge Secretary Duncan and I set out to harness technology to help our students reach their full potential. I’m confident the LEAD Commission’s blueprint will chart a course to ensure that education technology will help prepare students to compete in the 21st century global economy.”
It is expected that the Commission will release its findings in a blueprint for action in late 2012.

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