Educational technology advocates are hoping a new national ed-tech research center will spur the development and use of technology to improve instruction.

The higher-ed law signed by President Bush on Aug. 14 authorized the creation of a National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies, which would allot federal funding for research on technology and its impact on learning.

Don Knezek, chief executive officer of the Washington, D.C.-based International Society for Technology in Education, said the creation of such a center is "promising, because it begins to address a serious deficit in the funding of ed tech. The U.S. has...

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