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Meeting of the Board of Regents | February 2009

Friday, February 27, 2009 - 11:00pm



        The education technology mission of the Board of Regents is to develop policies, recommend practices, advocate for resources, and create incentives for action that turn our vision into a commonplace reality.  Our mission, through the University of the State of New York (USNY)*, is to provide a user-friendly and seamless technology-enhanced learning environment that serves the increasing needs of our citizens.


Vision of Technology for Teaching and Learning


The Regents have an urgent need to raise the knowledge, skill and opportunity of all the people of the State of New York.  New technologies have created powerful new learning tools which will transform the learning environment for students of all ages.  Learning technologies will be seamlessly integrated into teaching and learning to increase student achievement.  USNY will use technology to measure performance and communicate results to learners, teachers, leaders, and citizens. Through USNY, New York citizens will benefit from technology that brings information and knowledge to improve their lives.


        USNY will provide learning technologies that change how students learn, what they learn, and why they learn.  Students will access information to broaden and deepen knowledge about subjects in ways unimagined by prior generations.


All students will access learning materials in electronic form, including video, text, and other digital content related to the school curriculum.  Students will create work, define and solve problems, and research and evaluate information using technology.  Students will manage the flow of information and use technology to work with others from diverse backgrounds and locations.  Our students will develop innovative approaches to communicate and collaborate. 


Multiple environments will exist for teaching and learning, unbound by place, time, income, language or disability.  The classroom, gymnasium, laboratory, library, theater, and museum will be a workspace for teachers and learners but will not always be a physical space.  Students will access learning resources anywhere, anytime through the use of technology.


Technology is first a new path for teaching and learning, but it is also a body of practices, skill, and knowledge to be learned.  All New York State learners will develop technological literacy to succeed as productive citizens.  Students, teachers, and leaders will have clear standards for what students should know and be able to do with technology, and these standards will be visible to the public to drive the standards even higher.


February 27, 2009


Proposed Goals for NYS Educational Technology Plan


Elements of the Desired System:

  • Standards-based, accessible digital content supports all curricula for all learners.

Comment:  Accessible is defined as: content available anywhere, easy to retrieve using multiple technology devices, and content is universally designed.  Aligning digital content to the New York State learning standards is how we will ensure quality and relevance in the PreK-12 environment.

  • Learners, teachers and administrators are proficient in the use of technology for learning.

Comment:  Proficiency is defined, in large measure, by standards for desired levels of skills, knowledge and performance.

  • New York’s technology infrastructure supports teaching and learning in all environments.

Comment:  Infrastructure incorporates: connectivity and broadband, equipment and devices, as well as technical and professional support to create, maintain and grow the whole.



Necessary Conditions:

  • USNY institutions are united in realizing the vision.

Comment:  This is about consistent understanding across all schools, colleges, and cultural institutions of: a) the vision; b) respective roles and responsibilities; and c) shared accountability for fulfilling responsibilities.  Getting this consistency will require leadership at all levels and across the whole system as well as meaningful partnerships with stakeholders outside the formal educational system.

  • All New Yorkers can obtain and understand information to assess teaching and learning.

Comment:  New Yorkers would have easy access to information, be able to understand it, and be able to draw independent conclusions about it.

  • Funding is coordinated, adequate and sustainable, and is equitably distributed.

Comment:  Funding refers to more than just monies that are currently provided by government sources.  It is intended to include both existing funds and prospective support that may be available from the private sector, foundations and other sources.