The American Thinker examines digital learning and how it is giving parents and students more options for a high quality education.
Digital learning – the combination of online adaptive testing and instruction made possible by new technologies, software, and the internet – is beginning to transform K-12 education. It accelerates learning for a number of reasons, but an important one is because it makes rewards for learning more accurate, timely, and attuned to the interests and abilities of students. It promises to deliver the “creative destruction” required to substantially improve America’s failing elementary and high-school system.
ClassDojo, Goalbook, and Funnix are three examples of the rapidly growing number of software programs available to educators to bring digital learning into the classroom. Rocketship Education, Khan Academy, Coursera, and Udacity illustrate the variety of new institutions that are using digital learning to transform traditional teaching methods. Given the pace at which software is improving and institutions are evolving, these examples may seem out of date in a few years.
Research shows substantial positive achievement effects of online education in pre-internet days and larger effects in recent years. More advanced technologies used on a much wider scale promise even larger achievement effects, lower costs, and a greater variety of incentives, curricula, and teaching methods from which parents, students, and educators can choose. Obstacles in the path to increased use of digital learning can be removed by parents and policymakers working together to adopt the policies recommended by pioneering leaders in the field, the Digital Learning Council, and other groups supporting this disruptive innovation – which will likely lead to far more effective education.
Via American Thinker.