16.589 Digital Promise project

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Date: Thu Mar 27 2003 - 02:24:10 EST

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 589.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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             Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2003 07:10:14 +0000
             From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org>
             Subject: DIGITAL PROMISE: Support and Action Requested

    News on Networking Cultural Heritage Resources
    from across the Community
    Wednesday March 26, 2003

                            DIGITAL PROMISE PROJECT
                          Legislative Activity: Support Requested

    The ambitious Digital Promise project is moving forward. There appears a
    real opportunity to instantiate its proposed Digital Opportunity Investment
    Trust (intended to transform education, training and lifelong learning in
    the U.S.) through proposed legislation introduced by Rep Ed Markey (D, MA)
    and Rep Fred Upton (R, MI). <http://www.digitalpromise.org/MARKEY_013_xml.pdf>.

    Below is an appeal to help forward a proposed merger of the Upton and
    Markey bills, specifically to include Markey's Digital Dividends Trust
    Fund. Read on for more details.

    David Green

    >>Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2003 16:44:33 -0500
    >From: "Digital Promise" <digitalpromise@fas.org>
    >>To: "Supporters of Digital Promise" <MurphyAAAA@aol.com>

    URGENT - Immediate Action Necessary
    The House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet under
    Chairman Fred Upton (R, MI) held a hearing yesterday on bills by Rep. Upton
    and Rep Ed Markey (D, MA) to establish a trust fund to reimburse the
    military and other federal agencies for the cost of moving from spectrum
    they now occupy, which is needed for commercial users. Their cost
    reimbursement would come from future revenues earned from auctioning the
    vacated spectrum. Rep. Markey's bill also establishes a "Digital Dividends
    Trust Fund" (essentially, DOIT) from revenues remaining from the auctions
    after the federal agencies have been reimbursed.

    At the invitation of Chairman Upton, Larry Grossman testified on behalf of
    the Digital Promise project in favor of merging the two bills, to include
    the educational trust fund in the Upton bill. He received a sympathetic
    hearing from members of the Subcommittee. Reps. Dingell (D, MI) and Markey
    issued statements strongly in support. You can read his testimony and
    their opening statements on the Digitalpromise.org web site.

    The Upton, HR 1320 bill is due for mark-up on April 7. Mr. Markey will
    seek to add the DOIT provision at that time. However, we face a key
    obstacle. As you know, Rep. Billy Tauzin (R, LA) is Chairman of the
    Communications Committee. We are told his staff director is strongly
    opposed to including the educational trust fund in the Upton bill for
    ideological reasons. It is essential, therefore, to try to reach Rep.
    Tauzin to let him know how important and beneficial such a fund can be for
    the nation's educational system, libraries, museums, universities and other
    public interest institutions. It is also essential to have Republican
    members of the Subcommittee you may know who might support this effort talk
    to Chairman Tauzin personally, urge him to allow the education trust fund
    to go forward, even with token funding from the military spectrum
    revenues. This would provide an ideal public dividend, supporting both the
    needs of national defense and education, two of the country's most
    important priorities.

    Here's what we need to do:

    1. Reach the Republican Members of the Subcommittee and request that they
    personally speak to Tauzin.
    2. If you have key Republicans in any of these districts ask them to
    request the Member to talk to Tauzin
    3. If you now any influential Republicans who can call Tauzin directly, NOW
    is the time to make the call.
    Staff suggests the following subcommittee Members may be helpful:
    Bilirakis, FL; Deal, GA; Cubin, WY; Shimkus, IL; Bass, NH; Walden, OR;
    Greenwood, PA; Burr, NC.
    Below is a one page summary of the rationale for DOIT which may be of
    help. If you have any questions please call me at 202-244-7959 or cell:


    Anne G. Murphy
    Project Director
    Digital Promise Project
    Phone: 202. 244.7959
    cell: 202. 531.7638
    email: digitalpromise@fas.org
    web: <http://www.digitalpromise.org/>www.digitalpromise.org

    We recommend the creation of a trust to provide research and innovation in
    the areas of technology, education and training. The Trust will have a
    direct impact on the future of American society, just as the Morrill Act
    and the GI Bill did. We cannot afford to deny national leadership and
    coordination of research and improvement for education, training and
    technology. The trust created will be essential to American
    competitiveness and security in the 21st Century.

    Education: America must make a new investment in education for all
    citizens if we are to remain competitive in the new global knowledge economy
    Jobs: America is losing jobs to workers overseas because we don't have a
    competitive, national IT training infrastructure.
    Security: America is no longer in a position to play "catch up" with
    education and training for the general population..
    Life-long Learning: America must provide every opportunity for people over
    65 to remain productive, contributing members of society.
    Democracy: Democracy thrives when an educated citizenry has access to
    information and the critical thinking skills to make informed choices.
    What types of projects will the Trust fund to meet these needs?

    * Visualization, Modeling, and Simulation could enable students to learn by
    doing to better understand difficult or abstract concepts and apply what
    they learn in real-world contexts.

    * Virtual worlds could offer sophisticated content and challenging
    activities that, like popular communications media, are "stickier" and
    engage individuals for large amounts of time.

    * Intelligent Tutoring Systems could assess student strengths, weaknesses,
    and mastery of subject material; generate instruction material tailored to
    the progress of an individual student; serve as an "expert" in a subject
    matter area; and use a variety of pedagogical approaches - explanations,
    guided learning, and coaching among others.

    * Large Scale Digital Libraries and Online Museums could offer a
    mind-boggling array of multimedia information objects and digital artifacts
    for student, teacher and scholarly use, and for building engaging curricula
    and learning experiences.

    * Distributed Learning and Collaboration could provide learners with
    unparalleled opportunities for access to courses globally that integrate
    rich multi-media curriculum, expert instruction, and peer collaboration.

    * Learning management tools could help students, teachers and other
    education professionals better manage learning opportunities, assignments,
    and tasks, scheduling analysis of student performance, interventions of
    teachers and other education professionals, teacher parent communications,
    student account management; and student portfolios.

    The Trust will help to overcome existing barriers to meeting these goals by:
    - funding much-needed research and development in the areas of information
    technology, software design, the process of cognition, learning and memory.

    - funding the digitization of America's libraries, museums, universities
    and other scientific and cultural repositories to preserve the foundations
    of American history and learning and to develop the most comprehensive
    learning experiences for the future.

    - serving as a center for national leadership and coordination among
    business, university and Federal initiatives in these areas which are
    currently operating without coordination or integration.



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