Why all students have access to online learning

Rereading iNACOL policy report that suggests six reasons to close the online learning deal in the handful of states still prohibiting the internet (at least for learning):

  1. Public and available
  2. Academically and demographically blind: flexible and accessible for all students
  3. Engaging: often more engaging than traditional courses (and it will keep getting better)
  4. Social: surprisingly social environment online plus application and extracurriculars
  5. Rigorous: consistently challenging content
  6. Teacher facilitated: more teacher communication than traditional schools
  7. Transformative: pioneering personalized digital learning

The report goes on to outline options that blend online/onsite learning and makes recommendations for state policy makers.

Tom Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark is the CEO of Getting Smart. He has written or co-authored more than 50 books and papers including Getting Smart, Smart Cities, Smart Parents, Better Together, The Power of Place and Difference Making. He served as a public school superintendent and the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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