Office of Ed Tech Update: April 2013

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Newsletter of the Office of Educational Technology (OET) at the U.S. Department of Education

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Expanding Evidence Report Released

The final version of OET’s Expanding Evidence report is now available, suggesting new ways to collect evidence about what works in a fast-changing digital world.  Read the report, or skip right to the Evidence Framework.


Input Needed on Learning Registry Viewer

OET is piloting a new Learning Registry "viewer" to make it easier to find digital resources.  The viewer makes it easier to navigate the ocean of educational resources, but we need your feedback!  (What's the Learning Registry?)

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Boost for Competency-Based Learning 

In March, ED issued guidance on providing Title IV (federal student aid) eligibility to competency-based learning programs opening the doors for innovation in higher education. 


Where OET Will Be

April 2013

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Marina Martin, Entrepreneur in Residence

Joining the team in Summer 2012, Presidential Innovation Fellow Marina Martin has been serving as OET’s entrepreneur in residence leading the Education Data Initiative and helping rethink how open data can be used to improve learning.

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On Our Radar

Watch the video of OET Acting Director Richard Culatta's Tedx BeaconStreet talk:  "The Answer to 3 Educational Challenges" 

Education Week examines the varied approaches to personalized learning by the 16 Race to the Top - District grantees

Read a summary of the SXSW EDU confernece, which featured OET participation