SETDA's Class of 2020 Action Plan for Education

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) has been on an unbelievable tear this year. Back in February it released its annual Trends Report on NCLB Title II, Part D (Enhancing Education Through Technology, or E2T2). Previous national reports are available at the SETDA web site. You also can access state-level reports at the Metiri Group’s web site.


Now SETDA’s Class of 2020 Action Plan for Education project is releasing its reports. The first three already are available:

  • Powerful broadband access for all: Breaking through the barriers
  • STEM education: Achievement and innovation
  • Technology-based assessments improve teaching and learning
  • Two more reports are coming out this month and next:

    • Empowering teachers: A professional and collaborative approach
    • Robust, rigorous, and right-on-time learning through online courseware
    • Be sure to tap into the incredible wealth of good information on the Reports, Research & Tools page of the SETDA web site [warning: it’s easy to get lost in here for hours…]. There are numerous high-quality resources available for K-12 educational technology advocates and change agents, including the 2007 report, Maximizing the impact: The pivotal role of technology in a 21st century education system.

      Keep up the great work, SETDA!

      ​There are two kinds of failure – but only one is honorable

      Malcolm Gladwell teaches "Get over yourself and get to work" for Big Think Edge.

      Big Think Edge
      • Learn to recognize failure and know the big difference between panicking and choking.
      • At Big Think Edge, Malcolm Gladwell teaches how to check your inner critic and get clear on what failure is.
      • Subscribe to Big Think Edge before we launch on March 30 to get 20% off monthly and annual memberships.
      Keep reading Show less

      This is the best (and simplest) world map of religions

      Both panoramic and detailed, this infographic manages to show both the size and distribution of world religions.

      (c) CLO / Carrie Osgood
      Strange Maps
      • At a glance, this map shows both the size and distribution of world religions.
      • See how religions mix at both national and regional level.
      • There's one country in the Americas without a Christian majority – which?
      Keep reading Show less

      Apparently even NASA is wrong about which planet is closest to Earth

      Three scientists publish a paper proving that Mercury, not Venus, is the closest planet to Earth.

      Strange Maps
      • Earth is the third planet from the Sun, so our closest neighbor must be planet two or four, right?
      • Wrong! Neither Venus nor Mars is the right answer.
      • Three scientists ran the numbers. In this YouTube video, one of them explains why our nearest neighbor is... Mercury!
      Keep reading Show less

      Remembering when bankers tried to overthrow FDR and install a fascist dictator

      When FDR took office, the U.S. was in the grips of the Great Depression. People had grown desperate, and FDR's election seemed disastrous. Some wealthy bankers believed that it was time to take the country by force.

      Image source: Topical Press Agency / Getty Images
      Politics & Current Affairs
      • Though we know today that his policies eventually ended the Great Depression, FDR's election was seen as disastrous by some.
      • A group of wealthy bankers decided to take things into their own hands; they plotted a coup against FDR, hoping to install a fascist dictator in its stead.
      • Ultimately, the coup was brought to light by General Smedley Butler and squashed before it could get off the ground.
      Keep reading Show less