Educational technology takes center stage – Coming Soon: A National Center for Edtech Research

Via PBS Teachers

This past week, President Bush signed into law a bill that will establish a new national research center for studying digital technology and learning. The center aspires be to edtech what the National Institutes of Health have been for medical research.

The National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies is part of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, approved by Congress at the end of July, and signed into law by President Bush on August 14.

“This new National Center will help move schools, universities, and training facilities nationwide into the 21st century,” said Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), one of the project’s original sponsors. “America’s reputation as an international leader rests in the hands of our youth, and it should be among our top priorities to provide our students with the tools they need to maintain and build upon this standing. The National Center will help future American workers compete in the global marketplace.”

“The National Center couldn’t come at a more critical time,” added Congressman John Yarmuth (D-KY). “American businesses know that they need a well-educated workforce to face growing competition from China, India, and Europe. Americans need to constantly upgrade their skills to keep pace with technology and international competition, and people who are losing their jobs often need to acquire new skills to rejoin the workforce.”

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