ERIC Number: EJ829261
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
The Role of Nonprofits in Educational Technology Innovation
Zucker, Andrew A.
Journal of Science Education and Technology, v18 n1 p37-47 Feb 2009
For decades, nonprofit organizations have played a vital role in educational technology innovation. "Sesame Street," online high schools, probeware for science and mathematics teaching and learning, and many other innovations now widely used both in and outside schools were developed by nonprofits, including not only universities but also independent R&D organizations, such as the Concord Consortium. Within the federal budget, there has been a decade-long trend to reduce both the size and number of awards made specifically for innovation in educational technology. Small grants, including those for basic research, are less likely to lead to transformative innovations in teaching and learning than larger, targeted awards for innovation. At a time when digital tools continue to grow more useful and powerful, and when larger numbers of schools are using them effectively, it is time for federal agencies to focus additional resources on educational technology innovation.
Descriptors: Research and Development, Nonprofit Organizations, Educational Technology, Public Agencies, Innovation, Grants, Educational Research, Technology Integration
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