QuickWire: Obama Calls for New Education Technology Agency

The Obama administration wants to establish a new agency with the U.S. Department of Education to support the creation of education technologies and to promote their adoption by teachers, according to a news article in the journal Science. The new entity, described briefly here, will be part of the president’s 2012 budget request. It would be called Advanced Research Projects Agency-Education. “The name is a deliberate takeoff on the Sputnik-era DARPA within the Department of Defense that funded what became the Internet and the much newer Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) that hopes to lead the country into a clean-energy future,” says the Science article. “ARPA-ED will seek to correct what an administration official calls the country’s massive ‘underinvestment’ in educational technologies that could improve student learning.”

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