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Educational Technology

Wanda Barker
Director, Educational Technology Cooperative

SREB states are at the forefront of many of the fast-paced changes technology is bringing to education. SREB helps state leaders create and expand effective uses of technology in schools and colleges.

The SREB Educational Technology Cooperative (ETC) is comprised of representatives from state K-12 education agencies, career and technical education agencies, and higher education coordinating and governing boards, representing more than 800 colleges and universities and 3,100 public school districts in SREBs 16 member states. The ETC works with its member state education agencies to:

ENGAGE: Engage ETC representatives who have similar interests or concerns through events, meetings, publications, webinars and other forums. Involve education leaders, policymakers, law makers and other practitioners in the discussions to help them envision and advocate for a comprehensive pre-K20 educational technology environment that is learner-centered, adaptive, innovative and sustainable.

TRANSFORM: Shape the technology environment and educational culture through communication of the 10 Issues in Educational Technology affecting our member representatives, education agencies and practitioners. Use the strength and credibility of SREB to help states understand and implement the best practices, processes and policies for solving these issues.

CONNECT: Collaborate with ETC representatives and their stakeholders to develop roadmaps for innovative technology solutions as well as policy requirements to shape the culture of state systems to incorporate sound technology policies that support student advancement and completion through technology-enhanced learning.

The Work of ETC

SREB monitors and reports on educational technology topics to help states use technology wisely. As technology-enhanced education has evolved, so has the work of the ETC. In the past, the ETC issued an annual report on state virtual schools and reported on the trend toward district-level online learning in K-12 schools. Today, the ETC continues the very successful Worthy of Note eNewsletter and maintains a continuous dialogue with members on the topic of the ETC's 10 Critical Issues in Educational Technology.

Understanding the most current issues related to technology-enhanced education is critical to student success. Therefore, the ETC provides members with the most up-to-date information that can be applied in a realistic timeframe through a flexible policy environment. The ETC focuses on lessons learned from proven research and applies those lessons to benefit all students. Through the ETC, members get first-hand accounts of what works and link need with realistic policy.

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