Three trends, illustrated here, are changing the way education is perceived in the U.S., and learning outcomes are improving with more modern approaches.

The expansion of digital content

While not limited exclusively to digital textbooks, digital texts are expected to take up 35 percent of the U.S. textbook market by 2016–in just two years.

Digital content and resources are growing rapidly, with educators and students demanding access to tools that are customizable, able to be edited as events change, and that let them develop skills they’ll need in the real world, such as problem solving and critical thinking.

Mass distribution

This trend is supported by the expansion of digital content. Because digital content is growing in its availability and quality, learning is happening more often and in more places.

With such content readily available, anyone with an internet-ready mobile device can access educational materials–helping learning to occur on a larger scale.

Personalized learning

Today’s students have made it clear that they want their learning tailored to their needs and interests. In fact, individualizing learning helps students become more proficient.

New technologies have made it possible to create individual learning profiles and customized solutions that align with student preferences.

In fact, in a recent survey, teachers said that digital tools should help them:

  • Deliver instruction by facilitating delivery of the lesson plan and content.
  • Diagnose student learning, evaluate class learning progress, and adjust lessons accordingly.
  • Vary delivery method and increase class-wide engagement through multi-modal instruction.
  • Tailor learning experiences and adapt lessons to the needs of individual students.
  • Support student collaboration and interactivity by empowering students to collaborate and to take charge of their own learning.
  • Foster independent practice and let students take ownership of their learning.

Laura Ascione

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