Dear Member of
In response to
the tremendous potential for improving educational opportunities
through the effective use of technology I released
the nation's first educational technology plan in 1996.
That plan set forth a far‑reaching vision for widespread
improvements in teaching and learning guided by four national
educational technology goals.
We have made
remarkable progress toward achieving the 1996 educational
technology goals. Due in large part to federal programs
such as the Technology Literacy Challenge Fund and the E-rate
program, many of the nation's teachers and students
are beginning to reap the benefits of increased access to
computers and the Internet. That progress is a testament
to the commitment of local communities, states, the
private and non-profit sectors, educators, the federal government,
and others to integrate technology into America's schools.
Building on what
has been accomplished, I am pleased to share with you e-Learning.
‑ Putting a World-Class Education at the Fingertips
of All Children. This plan shows where progress has
been made since 1996, where new opportunities exist, and
where challenges remain. E-Learning outlines five
new national educational technology goals. It proposes national,
state, local, and private sector actions to ensure that
all of our nation's teachers and students have the opportunity
to take advantage of the power of new and emerging technologies
for widespread improvements in teaching and learning - today,
tomorrow, and far into the future.
Leadership is required to sustain our commitment to the future.
I hope that the Congress and the new administration will continue
to support state and local education leaders in using technology
to strengthen the academic achievement of all children. National
progress on these five goals is an opportunity that the country
cannot afford to miss.
Richard W Riley
Secretary U.S. Department of Education