In response to proposed budget cuts in educational technology last year, the Consortium for
School Networking (CoSN) came up with these discussion points for making the case for
sustained funding in educational technology to national legislators. You can use this list as a
model or starting point to develop other talking points for relaying the importance of educational
technology to the broad array of pertinent audiences.
The following discussion points may be useful in stressing the importance of retaining ed-tech
funding at current levels:
Technology encourages individualized learning, and improves overall student
The effective use of technology in the classroom helps prepare students for the
technology-driven workplace of the 21st century.
Programs that provide teacher training maximize the use of existing technology resources
and introduce innovation in pedagogy.
Cutting ed-tech funding at this stage will short-circuit several valuable programs in mid
stream and devalue substantial investments made in networking classrooms, purchasing
hardware and software and providing teacher training in technology. Millions of federal
dollars have already been invested in networking classrooms across the nation. Continued
funding is critical to ensure maximum utilization of hardware and teacher training.
The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) <http://www.cosn.org/resources/papers/budget.html>