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A Rural Revival (Tech & Learning)

posted Oct 15, 2010, 5:04 AM by Learning Registry Apps Administrator
This summer the Department of Education hosted a Rural Education Summit inviting education-technology experts and rural-school leaders to Washington, D.C. to discuss using technology to overcome distance and increase access to quality educational materials for students and teachers.

Tech & Learning Magazine asked both Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Outreach, John White, and Director of the Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology, Karen Cator, "How are you trying to provide more content and resources to schools?"

JW: The rural education summit was an example of how agencies can work together within the government. You had the secretary of the Smithsonian, you had the chairman of the FCC for broadband, and you had the secretary of agriculture there who is providing huge amounts of dollars to schools that many people may not know about, whether it’s construction or technology or food. They can even save schools on energy costs. Then you have the secretary of education, all coming together. We are also starting a “Learning Registry.” This Learning Registry will pull resources together so you don’t have to go hunting for them.

KC: The Learning Registry will provide an opportunity to find resources within some of the vertical repositories of content. Even if you do the search with Bing or Google, it may not reach down inside these repositories of content and provide the resources that you need. For example, across the government we have the National Archives, National Science Digital Library, and dozens of other places that have created education-based content. We’re working with the Department of Defense and others to figure out how to create this kind of a registry—a layered service that would allow these vertical repositories of content to be found and repurposed and combined in interesting and creative ways by users. We’re hoping to launch this Registry service in 12-18 months.

You can read the entire interview here: