The digital revolution is transforming society at a pace that almost defies our ability to keep up with it. The shelf life of new technology seems to grow shorter every year.
Our options for information, communication, entertainment and news have multiplied beyond imagination.
This is the world that children are growing up in. The ability of their young minds to grasp digital technology far surpasses that of their parents. They are creating their own on-demand worlds that provide an infinite amount of information in any number of formats.
And so we take these children from the future and plop them in an education model from the 18th Century. It is a model in which all children sit in rooms for the same amount of time, learning at the same speed, learning in the same way.
The world outside the classroom is headed in a completely opposite direction of the world inside the classroom. If we want to make education more relevant to more kids, we must reconcile the two. We must engage them in a format that already has their undivided attention.
Digital education allows us to individualize education. Each student can move at his or her own pace in virtual courses, guided by teachers who get instant feedback on their abilities and progress.
The advanced students are not bored and the struggling students are not left behind.
Strategies for doing this include digital textbooks, virtual classes, virtual schools, blended learning classrooms and graduation requirements based on course completion instead of seat time.
Visit www.digitallearningnow.com to learn more about the Foundation’s initiative to create a high quality digital learning environment for students and teachers.