American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

ED Encourages States to Promote Technology

(February 18, 2014)

In a letter to states, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) encouraged promotion of technology to improve instruction and student outcomes and informed states of a variety of federal funding resources to support digital learning. Examples provided in the document include the use of federal professional development funds to support teaching and learning with technology use and the use of technology to help reduce paperwork and digitize the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process for families and teachers.

Background

The purpose of the "Dear Colleague" letter is to help state, district, and eligible partnership grantees better understand how they may be able to use their federal grant programs to support innovative technology-based strategies to personalize learning. The letter provides examples that clarify opportunities to use federal grant funds to support digital learning, including (1) improving and personalizing professional learning and other supports for educators, (2) increasing access to high-quality digital content and resources for students, (3) facilitating educator collaboration and communication, and (4) providing devices for students to access digital learning resources. In particular, the letter provides some examples of how funds from Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Titles I, II, and III and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) can be used to support the use of technology to improve instruction and student outcomes.

Resources

For more information, see ED's website [PDF] or contact Catherine D. Clarke, ASHA's director of education and regulatory advocacy, via e-mail at cclarke@asha.org or by phone at 800-498-2071, ext. 5611.


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