The Need For Educational Technology Training

The need for educational technology training has never been more evident.  In 2024, the US Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology released the 2024 National Educational Technology Plan (NETP): A Call to Action for Closing the Digital Access, Design and Use Divides.  The report and technology plan can be found here: https://tech.ed.gov/netp/

The plan outlines three critical divides impacting the transformative potential of educational technology:

Digital Use Divide:

Addressing opportunities to enhance how students use technology for learning, including dynamic applications for exploration, creation, and critical analysis of academic content and knowledge.

Digital Design Divide:

Focusing on opportunities for educators to expand professional learning and build capacities for designing learning experiences enabled by technology.

Digital Access Divide:

Highlighting opportunities for equitable access to educational technology, covering connectivity, devices, digital content, accessibility, and key elements of digital health, safety, and citizenship.

Our Role

ED Technology Specialists aspires to globally empower teachers through comprehensive training to address these challenges.  We train educators to implement key recommendations from the report, including:

  • Design systems supporting competency development through active technology use.
  • Empower students as co-designers of learning experiences.
  • Create rubrics for digital resource adoption, ensuring accessibility and integration.
  • Review curricula to build age-appropriate digital literacy skills.
  • Foster public-private partnerships for hands-on and work-based learning.
  • Provide professional learning to leaders and educators for evidence-based edtech use.
  • Develop guidelines for emerging technologies, prioritizing student data privacy.
  • Establish systems supporting ongoing learning for teachers and administrators.
  • Implement feedback mechanisms empowering educators as leaders.
  • Provide professional learning for educators to model digital literacy skills.
  • Develop processes for evaluating digital tools before purchase.
  • Foster an inclusive technology ecosystem involving diverse stakeholders.
  • Cultivate a systemic culture building trust and empowering educators.
  • Solicit and evaluate feedback on professional learning efforts.

Our Charitable Work

We keep charitable giving at the forefront of all we do.  It is what compels us and motivates us to expand our business every day.  We donate a significant percentage of our revenue to charities that help children in need, veterans, and victims of natural disasters.  We are proud to be able to support communities around our schools by donating to these causes.

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Mission and Vision

Technology has become ubiquitous in our society.  It has changed every conceivable aspect of our civilization, from helping us fulfill everyday tasks such as shopping online to changing the course of historical events such as promoting the rapid spread of political movements through social media.  In particular, the impact that technology has had on education and the dissemination of information has been and continues to be profound.  As educators, one of our foremost goals is to prepare students for the future.  

Students need to be able to thrive, advance, and contribute in an interconnected and constantly changing society.  Educators need to possess digital age skills and pedagogical strategies in order to be successful in the many roles they play as teachers and learners.  In addition, educators need to be prepared to leverage the technologies available to them in order to succeed in the rapidly changing 21st Century classroom.                         

Our mission is to accomplish all of these goals by providing expert professional development to educators.  In addition, we support the communities we serve by giving a portion of our revenue to local charities.

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