Digital Learning Day


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I celebrated the Alliance for Excellent Education’s first ever Digital Learning Day this week with an announcement of these two new free online resources for students and educators throughout our state.

Also this week, we announced a partnership with Apangea Learning Inc. to provide supplemental online math instruction and tutoring services to 10,000 8th- through 10th-grade students statewide who are struggling in Algebra I.

I’m excited about these new offerings and expect them to open many new doors for our students and educators. As we prepare our students for the rigors of life and jobs in the 21st Century, we must make sure our education systems are as changing as the times.

Students are now more plugged into technology than any time in history. But digital learning must be about more than just the latest technology. It must instead be a way to get the best information before students in a format they are most comfortable with at a time that is optimal for them to learn. This is anytime, anywhere, individualized learning.

Digital learning requires more critical thinking and problem solving skills, but the pathways it opens to students are endless.
We still need our educators to help guide the lessons and the conversations, but now students who live in remote corners of our state can tap into lessons most relevant to their college and career choices.

In a recent article about Digital Learning Day, Forbes writer Michael Horn says “the critical thing is to fashion a student-centric system powered by digital learning that allows each child to realize his or her fullest human potential.”

That is the goal.

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Last updated on February 3, 2012