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Secretary Duncan Attends Datapalooza and Aims to Increase Access to Education Technology
posted by: Ruthie | January 21, 2014, 09:22 PM   

Recently, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and over 600 stakeholders attended Education Datapalooza, a celebration of innovative products, apps, websites, and other tools designed to increase college and career readiness.

The event featured various programs promoting and enabling the leverage of technology to improve online and classroom learning, teacher training, and college selections.  Featured guests included entrepreneurs, software developers, researchers, students, policymakers and representatives of non-profits. It was a first of its kind event that was attended by many heavy hitters in education.

“Events like this one are exciting because they bring together so many different people from different backgrounds and experiences,” posted Secretary Duncan on his blog.

The event is just a small part of President Obama’s larger plans to improve value, innovation, and affordability in education. Datapalooza is an effort to fulfill President Obama’s Executive Order to increase accessibility to educational tools and apps. Additionally, the Department of Education recently announced a new public data inventory.

Secretary Duncan further stated, “The Department of Education also plans to issue a Request for Information (RFI) to gather ideas and feedback on potential development of Application Program Interfaces (APIs) with key education data, programs, and frequently used forms—including the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).”

Click here
to see videos from Datapalooza.
Click here to email the Department of Education about any education technology suggestions.

Do you use education technologies in your classroom? What do you use? 
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