“Digital learning expands access to a [high-] quality education,” Bush said in an interview with eSchool News.
“Right now, there is a child somewhere in the nation [who] has a dream of becoming a forensic scientist. Unfortunately for that student, [his or her] high school, whether in a rural community or the inner city, may not offer courses in that particular field of study. Digital learning solves that problem. An online course can be accessed from anywhere there is a computer and internet access. Increased access just scratches the surface. Technology can do for education what iTunes did for the music industry. The potential exists for teachers to select the best chapters from different textbooks to really customize lesson plans, and teachers can even tailor schoolwork to the interests of each one of their students.”
The final recommendations of the Digital Learning Council will be the focus of a nationwide campaign to urge adoption of the policy principles by states, track states’ progress, and encourage best practices.
Bush said that recommendations are scheduled to be released at the Excellence in Action National Summit on Education Reform 2010 in Washington, D.C., Nov. 30 to Dec. 1.
“Technology has the power to customize education for every student in America,” Bush added. “Providing a customized, personalized education for students was a dream just a decade ago. Technology can turn that dream into reality today. The Digital Learning Council will develop the roadmap to achieve that goal.”
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