Sep 192011

Learning Technology: Duncan Unveils Digital Promise Center

By Ian Quillen on September 16, 2011 |Via Education Week;

United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Friday launched Digital Promise, a new center authorized by Congress to identify and support the most effective education technology innovations and expose them more broadly to schools across the country.

The center will receive start-up funding from the U.S. Department of Education as well as the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and will be overseen by a board of ed-tech leaders selected based on Congressional recommendations.

“Today marks an incredibly important turning point,” Duncan said at a White House announcement. “The level of talent in this room today is pretty extraordinary.”

Both the Carnegie Corporation and Hewlett Foundation also contribute funding to Editorial Projects in Education, the nonprofit publisher of Education Week.

The National Science Foundation will also be one of the first contributors to the effort, announcing today $15 million in awards to support research on how best to create contemporary, digital learning environments.

“The projects within the NSF portfolio for cyberlearning stand to demonstrate and promote learning technology, to transform our schools and to enhance our lives,” said Farnam Jahanian of the NSF’s directorate for computer and information science and engineering.

The announcement is one of the most visible in a string of efforts from the Education Department to act as a facilitator of education technology in the absence of new, significant federal funding.


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