As years have passed, technology has improved in many areas. So many new technologies have developed to help benefit our nation. With these new technologies, we have found it easier to accomplish simple every day tasks. It’s believed that computers are the future, and that sooner or later, all jobs will require some sort of knowledge with computers. Many individuals are going back to college to receive more education on computers and on programs. This may be required for some businesses. But some people today seem to be quite computer illiterate. How would we change this problem? One idea is to develop a nation wide plan into our school system that involves interaction of students and teachers with the new technologies in the classrooms.
The National Education Technology Plan has been the solution to schools across America. In 1996, the plan was developed with many hopes and expectations in mind for the future of education and technology (Air.org). This plan was originally referred to “Getting America’s Students Ready for the 21st Century” (Techniques: Connecting Education & Careers). Its’ main purpose was to increase the student’s academic achievements. The idea was to have students not only improve themselves overall but by doing so, they would become familiar with technology. Students as well as teachers would have the opportunity to learn more about technology (ISTE NETS). In order for teachers to help the students along the way, the teachers would be given lessons to improve their skills (Ed.gov). After the teacher felt he/she became familiar with the use of technology, they would then be able to use it as an “instructional tool” in the classroom (Nationaledtechplan.org). Students would also have the opportunity to be connected to the Internet in all their classrooms. Having students involved with the Internet and computers could only lead to future benefits for them (Education World).
The plan has been revised three times now. To improve it, the U.S. Department of Education is looking to the general public to make possible changes or to make any suggestions they feel appropriate (Whelan, Debra). The U.S. Department of Education hopes to “identify major policy issues, barriers, and opportunities for technology to transform America’s education system” (Nationaledtechplan.org). The department feels that it is necessary to discuss all these obstacles to better the plan. A long with possible strategies in mind, budget is also a key priority for the plan. States are willing to help provide the children with additional funding towards the program (Fletcher, Geoffrey). During the Clinton Administration, eight billion dollars was invested in educational technology since 1995 (Education World).