SECRETARY SPELLINGS RELEASES WHITE PAPER ON EDUCATION AND TECHNOLOGY
This is not the snooze-fest that it probably sounds like, and it's worth a look. She chose to announce the white paper via Eduwonk, a very well-known blog run by Andy Rotherham, a member of the Virginia state board of education who is also an advisor to president-elect Obama. The Secretary made extensive comments on the blog posting, which is a notable event in itself. Although the paper is definitely not a manifesto for Web 2.0 or authentic use of social networking tools, it does note significant changes in expectations (e.g., students and parents now expect access to educational services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week), supports next-step research into leveraging technology for educational benefit, and calls for changes in E-rate, among other things.
Full blog entry and link to white paper at http://www.eduwonk.com/2008/11/guestblogger-margaret-spellings.html