An NSF for Educational Technology

January 25, 2010 at 3:45 pm 3 comments

Part of the reauthorization of the Higher Education act, the new National Center for Advanced Information and Digital Technologies is meant to be an NSF for education. From the NYTimes article:

“It’s time that education had the equivalent of what the National Science Foundation does for science, Darpa does for the national defense and what N.I.H. does for health,” Mr. Grossman said in an interview.

Congress Finances Program to Use Technology in Education – NYTimes.com.

I found more information on it at the Federation of American Scientists website:

The National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies will support a comprehensive research and development program to explore ways advanced computer and communication technologies can improve all levels of learning.  This includes K-12, college and university, corporate and government training, and both formal and informal learning.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Davide Fossati  |  January 25, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    This is very good news. Thank you Mark for pointing it out.

    Reply
  • 2. Greg Wilson  |  January 25, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    How soon can we start applying for funding? 🙂

    Reply
  • 3. edtechdev  |  January 25, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    They only have $500,000 start up funding, which is very very low. 13000 times less than what NSF gets.

    The guy in the article compared it to NSF’s initial 6 figure funding, but that was in 1950, not 2010. $500,000 today is the equivalent of around $50,000 in 1950.

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