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June 14th, 2013
LEAD issues five digital learning recommendations
On the heels of President Obama’s ConnectED Initiative launch, the bipartisan Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission released a five-point blueprint outlining specific actions to accelerate the expansion of K-12 digital learning.
At the same time as the U.S. Department of Education and Federal Communications Commission noted a need to determine how technology can transform K-12 education, the LEAD Commission has for more than one year worked with more than 300 ed-tech thought leaders to identify barriers that currently hamper digital learning in the U.S., and the necessary steps to overcome those barriers.
“As a country, we must make digital learning a national priority for every child to have access to the same high-quality 21st century learning tools – regardless of zip code,” said LEAD Commissioner and Former Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. “This is not and should not be a partisan issue – it’s a matter of doing what’s best for the future of our country by investing in the digital learning resources that allow teachers and students to remain globally competitive.”
The LEAD Commission’s blueprint details key research findings and calls for a major national initiative to accelerate the implementation of digital learning and ed-tech in America’s education system.
(Next page: The five steps)