We have a serious problem on our hands.
We’re in a budget crisis.
Old news. I know. But it’s about to possibly get worse.
President Obama’s budget for FY11 provides no direct funding for education technology programs. Instead, it zeros out the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) program, the only source of direct support for ed tech in many states and districts.
Since Congress doesn’t have to agree to the President’s budget recommendations please join the campaign to Tweet and Blog for Ed Tech on May 12!
Help your senator and representative understand what’s at stake! On May 12 tweet, retweet, and blog your support for $500 million in FY11 ed tech funding.
The Ed Tech Action Network (ETAN) has listed these as sample Tweets for May 12.
- @TomHarkin #EETT Support innovation in learning & teaching. Fund #edtech at $500m
- @DavidObey #EETT Support innovation in learning & teaching. Fund #edtech at $500m
- @ThadCochran #EETT Support innovation in learning & teaching. Fund #edtech at $500m
- @RepToddTiahrt #EETT Support innovation in learning & teaching. Fund #edtech at $500m
- Our schools need 21st century education, #EETT. Fund #edtech at $500 m
- No funding for #edtech? No prep for 21st century. Fund #EETT at $500m
- I support #edtech. I vote. Fund #EETT at $500m in 2011
- As a principal/teacher/parent I know our kids need #edtech skills. Fund #EETT at $500m
“You’re coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don’t always rank that high on the truth meter,” he told the students. “And with iPods and iPads, and Xboxes and PlayStations — none of which I know how to work — information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation. So all of this is not only putting pressure on you; it’s putting new pressure on our country and on our democracy.” President Barack Obama (Huffingtonpost.com)
If this is the mindset of the leaders of our government, we need to make our voices heard that educational technology in schools needs financial support from the federal government. We don’t want our students leading us into the future with the technology of the past.