[caption id="attachment_58106" align="alignleft" width="210" caption="Digital tools have expanded learning opportunities for teachers and students."][/caption]Learning has always extended beyond the classroom. Children and young adults learn as they encounter information, people, places, and things in their lives, both in school and out of school. The growing availability and use of digital media have significantly increased students’ learning outside the confines of a classroom.

The increased presence of digital media has, as a result, dramatically widened the gap between informal (out-of-school) and formal (in-school) learning. The Consortium for...

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