As eLearn Magazine
marks its fifth year of publication, we can think of no better way to
celebrate the past and ensure a bright future for e-learning than by
urging the support and passage of the Digital Opportunity Investment Trust Act.
If passed, the act would create a Digital Opportunity Investment Trust
(DO IT), generating an estimated $1 billion annually from interest on
money acquired from the impending sale of analog television spectrum.
The roadmap for the trust's activities, developed by the Federation of
American Scientists (FAS), offers a number of revolutionary
- Exponential growth of free, high-quality educational content:
DO IT will fund the digitization of content in libraries and museums
across the United States, as well as the creation of substantial new
content. With the level of resources available under the trust, the
dream of universally accessible materials for cradle-to-grave education
can finally come true.
- Solving of the hard problems: DO IT will provide the
funds necessary to crack some of the critical but elusive goals of
educational technology development, including authentic assessment
tools, intelligent tutoring systems, and immersive simulation
development environments. These developments could have a very
substantial impact on the quality of education.
- Fostering a coherent online educational experience:
The DO IT roadmap includes further development of interoperability
standards. With these standards, educational tools and content can be
combined into a coherent experience for the learners rather than the
disjointed jumble of separate tools and resources that it often is
- Elimination of toll roads to education: Content and
technologies funded by DO IT will be released into the public domain.
Teachers and students all over the world will have access to them at no
Educators DO IT Together
Although the Digital Promise Act is
building momentum within Congress, its passage is not yet assured—you
can do something about that. If you are a United States citizen, go to
Digital Promise's Take Action page.
There you will be able to contact your Congressional Representative and
Senators in support of the legislation. If you are not a United States
citizen, tell your American friends and urge them to write their
eLearn Magazine has grown to what it is today through your
participation. As we look to our collective future, we remain as proud
and confident as ever that you will continue to do your part in