Two really important things have happened this week in the world of public education. First off, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Law yesterday. This is HUGE!!! Teachers are you listening??? No longer are students being viewed as these cute little cookies that all look the same, act the same, and most importantly LEARN THE SAME. Can I get an amen? More power is given back the states to determine things like what tests they administer to students and when AND how they adminster it. You could actually see state testing being divided into quarterly testing before long...that's right...no more waiting until the end of the year and hoping and praying that little Suzie remembers that unit on main idea from the beginning of the year because little Suzie will now have been tested on that...wait for it...wait for it...at the end of the first quarter. What?! Crazy I know. Giving students bite size portions of a HUGE test is like common sense. I mean really who likes spending a whole entire week testing your students? Umm, no one. It is an overall win win for the Department of Education and every single teacher in America. Yay us!
The second HUGE thing that happened this week is that the Department of Education has released the National Education Technology Plan for 2016. I am only running the highlight reel here but I am pretty excited to see what the future holds for educational technology:
There are not many days educators get excited over what lawmakers are doing in education but today is an exception to that. I am excited to see where the future of educational technology and public education are headed.
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Hi! My name is Allison Barton, a former elementary school teacher turned Technology Integration Specialist at Greenville High School in Greenville, South Carolina. I have been teaching for 11 years and have relied on technology during that time to excite, engage, and educate my students (both young and old). I also enjoy very much sharing my knowledge about technology with other teachers.