Education in the New Year

There are a lot of questions floating around about what is in store for education with a change in the White House. With a new Secretary of Education, who has limited experience in education but favors vouchers and charter schools, time will tell what affect it will have on the landscape of educational technology. 

In an attempt to address this uncertainty, the ISTE Advocacy Network quarterly newsletter includes an article about what a Trump-Pence administration might look like for  ed tech. The article points out that there are a lot of questions, but also some positive signs to watch in the education technology world. For example, the article quotes a 2013 interview with incoming Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos: 

“While DeVos has a limited record on education technology, she has said favorable things about its value in the past. In a 2013 interview, she said: “I think digital learning is in its infancy relative to the influence that it can and will have. That said, I’m amazed when I watch my not-yet 2-year-old granddaughter navigate an iPad and go to whatever game or program she wants. Every parent knows how quickly children pick up new technologies. It would be unconscionable not to embrace that and use it to help kids achieve their full potential in every way possible.”

Every change in administrations is a little uncertain, but as educators we are very good at advocating for our students and adjusting to a changing world. 

To see the full article and learn more about what the Trump-Pence Administration could mean, read the ISTE Advocacy Newsletter here.


Charice Carroll

Charice has been working with educational technology for over 25 years and still gets excited about sharing new tools and solutions with teachers all over Utah. She has served on the UCET Board for 10 years as a board member, president, and currently as the Advocacy Representative. Her day job is working at UEN as a Distance Learning Specialist for the past 20 years.

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