The National Education Technology Plan provides a vision of transformational learning experiences powered by technology that can shrink long-standing equity and accessibility gaps.
Joseph South, Director, Office of Educational Technology
The first National Education Technology Plan, Getting American Students Ready for the 21st Century: Meeting the Technology Literacy Challenge, was published in 1996. This is noteworthy because prior to the release of this plan, there was little incentive for schools or other education-related institutions to invest much in the way of time or resources into developing instructional technology plans. The first national plan was built on four goals:
Professional development for teachers
Teacher and student classroom access to up-to-date hardware
Internet connectivity for every classroom
Access to digital learning materials