NTLC was established by the Society for Technology and Teacher
Education (SITE) (http://site.aace.org)
to provide a forum for cross-disciplinary dialog about technology
and teacher education.
SITE leaders and journal editors identified a need for dialog between
the educational technology associations such as SITE and ISTE and
the teacher educator associations. (See, for example, the editorial
by Debra Sprague, editor of the Journal of Technology and Teacher
Education, titled “Are
We Talking to Ourselves?”)
NTLC has taken up this challenge. Currently the membership includes
nine teacher educator associations representing the core content
areas, educational technology, and teacher education. The coalition
collectively publishes an interactive journal, holds an annual retreat
each year, sponsors technology strands at the annual meetings of
participating associations, and sponsors annual awards for exemplary
work in this area.
The consortium also includes participation by the editors of leading
educational technology journals, federal policy makers, and selected
corporate partners. Current activities include proactive approaches
to establishment of a research agenda for educational technology,
collective identification of best practices, and advocacy for effective
uses of educational technology, particularly as it pertains to in-service
and pre-service teacher preparation.