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White House Targets Innovative Education Technologies

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The White House has formed a nonprofit organization to create new learning technologies that will help improve the performance of U.S. students.

The National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies (Digital Promise) will help research and develop advanced tools designed to transform education. The center will be charged with identifying breakthrough technologies, such as the digital tutor project of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Navy. Digital Promise also will conduct quick assessments to determine which tools are working, and improve investment in educational technologies to help boost the current market for learning technologies.

Startup funds and support will come from the Department of Education, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Digital Promise will also bring together a coalition of business leaders and educators.

"If America is going to continue to succeed in the global economy, it is vital that we transform the use of educational technology," says U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

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