Young Adult Library Services

Vol 15 No 1_Fall 2016

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FEATUREs SARAH DEBRASKI NETP is something that school library staff must be aware of to effectively support the needs of students and teachers. What's the Value of the National Educational Technology Plan for Library Staff? H ave you seen the latest NETP? That stands for National Education Technology Plan (NETP) and in 2016 the fifth ver- sion of the plan, titled "Future Ready Learning," was released. You can access this document, for free, at http:// tech.ed.gov/netp/. This is an impor- tant document not just for educators and administrators but also library staff, particularly school library staff. NETP is an aspirational plan for the United States, which sets "a national vision and plan for learning enabled by technology" (NETP). This plan is meaningful to education on a national level, as well as state, local, and individ- ual levels. It is designed for teachers, administrators, and policy makers and includes real-life examples of suc- cessful integration of technology into learning. What's Different this Time Around? All of the plans come from an ex- plicitly stated desire for the United States to prepare students to compete in a global economy. The 2016 plan's full title is "Future Ready Learning: Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education," and it lays out goals and activities that seek to truly have technology as an integral part of education. A key shift in this plan is the emphasis from "whether tech- nology should be used in learning to how it can improve learning" ("Future Ready Learning", p. 5). A huge change can be seen when one looks at all the plans consecutively. The current plan includes, for the first time, examples of schools and other institutions using technology in notable ways. It has an emphasis on project-based learning and students being a part of creating their own learning experiences. In- novations in practice are highlighted, for example, promoting grant-funded projects like SchoolKit, a project that provides resources for schools to teach growth mindset. The Exploratorium's massive open online course (MOOC) is highlighted for many reasons, in- cluding its focus on STEM activities, use of social media, multiple platforms, and broad reach of over 7000 par- ticipants around the world. It is also notable that this edition is the first one that is only available online. The 2016 NETP actually models use of technology by presenting the informa- tion on an easily accessed website with engaging graphics, layout, and simple navigation. The Key Sections The plan has five key sections: Learning, Teaching, Leadership, Assessment, and Infrastructure. Section 1 is focused on the student and outlines best practices and the future of learning through technol- ogy. It explores the digital divide and how technology can bring equity in learning to those with disabilities. It shows how engaging and personal learning can be with technology and new educational practices. Section 2 is focused on the educator and pedagogy, and the necessary changes therein. Section 3 recognizes and addresses the need for a culture of innovation and leaders committed to a partnership of technology and education. Section 4 covers the as- sessments necessary in teaching, and explores how digital assessments have changed the traditional model of this. Finally, Section 5 discusses the infra- FEATUREs 34 Y A L S » Y o u n g A d u L t L i b r A r Y S e r v i c e S » f A L L 2 0 1 6

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