Digital Revolution and Higher Education, The

Computers and Technology;Education and Literacy

Digital Revolution and Higher Education, The

Presents survey findings about the views of college presidents and the public on the value of, prevalence of, and experience with online learning, as well as the role of the Internet and related technologies in education and prospects for future growth.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States

2012 Digital Learning Report Card

Computers and Technology, Education and Literacy

2012 Digital Learning Report Card

The burden of education policy largely falls upon states that adopt academic standards, establish teacher evaluation systems, develop accountability systems, and shape funding streams. State policymakers play a critical role in accelerating the adoption of different approaches to teaching and learning, designing school and class structures, and improving student outcomes. Changes in public policy can have a dramatic impact upon the spectrum of delivery of instruction, student outcomes, and the pace of innovation.

State policy can either remove barriers to innovative approaches or it can stifle them with restrictions, red tape, and reinforcement of traditional, unsustainable approaches. It can either accelerate reform or it can further entrench the status quo. Without changing state policy, innovation will fail to be scalable. Pilot programs and proof point projects will generate flashes of interest, but will not be able to disrupt a system that is protected by legacy regulations that guide the structure, funding, and decision-making within education.

Digital Learning Now! created the Digital Learning Report Card to evaluate each state's progress in advancing reforms aligned to the 10 Elements of High Quality Digital Learning. The intent is to provide an annual summary of state laws and policies to better understand what states are doing to create a policy ecosystem that embraces new education models, promotes the use of technology to meet the needs of all children, and breaks down the barriers that constrain student-centric innovation. The Report Card is also intended to drive discussion and debate around the best approach states can use in their unique circumstances to leverage technology to improve student outcomes. By building awareness, Digital Learning Now! hopes to mobilize parents, students, teachers, school leaders, education entrepreneurs, other education reform leaders, and policymakers behind the spirit of the 10 Elements and demand progress for their students.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States

Strengthening High School Teaching and Learning in New Hampshire's Competency-Based System

Children and Youth;Education and Literacy

Strengthening High School Teaching and Learning in New Hampshire's Competency-Based System

For a century, most students have advanced from grade to grade based on the number of days they spend in class, but in New Hampshire, schools have moved away from "seat time" and toward "competency-based learning," which advances students when they have mastered course content. This report profiles how two high schools in New Hampshire made this shift and examines the changes that were necessary to make competency-based advancement an important part of New Hampshire's strategy for implementing the Common Core State Standards and ensuring that students graduate ready for college and a career.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Northeastern)-New Hampshire

Just in Time: The Beyond-the-Hype Potential of E-Learning

Computers and Technology;Education and Literacy

Just in Time: The Beyond-the-Hype Potential of E-Learning

Based on a year of conversations with more than 100 leading thinkers, practitioners, and entrepreneurs, this report explores the state of e-learning and the potential it offers across all sectors of our economy -- far beyond the confines of formal education. Whether you're a leader, worker in the trenches, or just a curious learner, imagine being able to access exactly what you need, when you need it, in a format that's quick and easy to digest and apply. Much of this is now possible and within the next decade, just-in-time learning will likely become pervasive.

This report aims to inspire you to consider how e-learning could change the way you, your staff, and the people you serve transfer knowledge and adapt over time.

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Informing Writing: The Benefits of Formative Assessment

Education and Literacy;Health;Nonprofits and Philanthropy;Poverty

Informing Writing: The Benefits of Formative Assessment

Examines whether classroom-based formative writing assessment - designed to provide students with feedback and modified instruction as needed - improves student writing and how teachers can improve such assessment. Suggests best practices.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States;Africa

Realities of K-12 Virtual Education, The

Computers and Technology, Education and Literacy

Realities of K-12 Virtual Education, The

In a decade, virtual education in its contemporary form of asynchronous, computer-mediated interaction between a teacher and students over the Internet has grown from a novelty to an established mode of education that may provide all or part of formal schooling for nearly one in every 50 students in the US. In a non-random 2007 survey of school districts, as many as three out of every four public K-12 school districts responding reported offering full or partial online courses.
There can be little question that virtual courses in certain areas (e.g., math, English, social studies) produce tested achievement results on a par with those of their conventionally taught counterparts. Nor is it debatable that more complex areas of the curriculum (e.g., the arts) are beyond the reach of these new arrangements. Nevertheless, the rapid growth of this new form of schooling raises questions of cost, funding, and variable quality that require the immediate
attention of policymakers.

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Education Reform for the Digital Era

Computers and Technology;Education and Literacy

Education Reform for the Digital Era

Will the digital-learning movement repeat the mistakes of the charter-school movement? How much more successful might today's charter universe look if yesterday's proponents had focused on the policies and practices needed to ensure its quality, freedom, and resources over the long term? What mistakes might have been avoided? Damaging scandals forestalled? Missed opportunities seized?

Geographic Focus: North America-United States

Public Opinion in Perspective: Wisconsin's Mind on Education

Education and Literacy

Public Opinion in Perspective: Wisconsin's Mind on Education

Outlines survey findings on Wisconsin residents' views on the quality of public schools and reforms including increased spending, accountability, vouchers, charter schools, online education, and merit pay, compared with Milwaukee and national surveys.

Geographic Focus: North America-United States (Midwestern)-Wisconsin

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