Improving the learner experience is a core focus at Getting Smart—and helping educators find practical tips, exemplars and advice on how to do that is the driving force of our blog.

Today organizations across the country are participating in Digital Learning Day, and we’re proud to be a partner in this important effort celebrating tech-enabled education. High quality instructional tools can aid teachers in bringing about even more impressive outcomes and truly reaching students where they are, both physically and academically. We believe that students who have access to digital learning programs develop habits that motivate them to become lifelong learners.

Predicting the jobs today’s students will have is challenging, as many will enter roles—possibly even industries—that don’t yet exist. But we do know one thing: succeeding in college and career will require digital fluency, and behind it, the curricula, tools and teaching methodologies to make that possible.

So in honor of Digital Learning Day, here are a selection of posts that showcase the ways in which edtech is currently empowering teachers and students:

This post covers the ways in which nonprofits led by educators in two states—Vermont and Colorado—are addressing the obstacles that rural schools face through supporting online learning programs, and the lessons they’ve learned along the way.

Navigating the variety of edtech tools on the market can be overwhelming, as can the need to support students who are new to digital learning. This guest authored post offers three tips for educators that ensure higher engagement and greater comfort with this new format.

Caroline Vander Ark’s inspired take on digital learning offers a glimpse into the kind of next-gen learning environment most parents dream of for their kids: tech-enabled interactions that support academic progress, social and emotional learning, and overall student success outcomes.

Tiers of online courses are feeding global education, as this guest author describes, and opportunities abound not only for students, but for educators, too. Building and teaching courses that are open to a world of students can broaden professional horizons and deepen instructional experience—what’s not to love about that?

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