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Getting Connected with Digital Learning


Kids today live in an always-on digital world, but too often their classrooms don’t reflect this new way of life. That would change under a draft National Educational Technology Plan released last week by the Department of Education. The plan notes that technology is core to all aspects of modern life. “We must leverage it to provide engaging and powerful learning experiences, content, and resources and assessments that measure student achievement in more complete, authentic, and meaningful ways,” it states. According to, some of the goals include: a “connected teaching” model, employing teams of interconnected educators in lieu of a single classroom teacher; ensuring that students and teachers can connect to learning sites anytime, in or out of school; and technology-based standards and assessments that measure 21st-century skills and expertise. The plan also notes that students should have at their disposal the same tools used by professionals, including 3D modeling and data-visualization software, wikis, and blogs. Julie Evans, CEO of the nonprofit Project Tomorrow, told eSchoolNews the report includes “long overdue recommendations” on how best to use technology to bolster learning.

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