Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World


Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World

A comprehensive look at the promise and potential of digital learning.

Authored by: Tom Vander Ark, Foreword by Bob Wise
Wiley Publications

In our digital age, students have dramatically new learning needs and must be prepared for the idea economy of the future. In Getting Smart, Tom Vander Ark examines the facets of educational innovation in the United States and abroad. Tom makes a convincing case for a blend of online and onsite learning, shares inspiring stories of schools and programs that effectively offer “personal digital learning” opportunities, and discusses what we need to do to remake our schools into “smart schools.” This book also:

  • Examines the innovation-driven world, discusses how to combine online and onsite learning, and reviews “smart tools” for learning
  • Investigates the lives of learning professionals, outlines the new employment bargain, examines online universities and “smart schools”
  • Makes the case for smart capital, advocates for policies that create better learning, studies smart cultures

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What Ed Leaders Are Saying

“Provocative and bold, Tom Vander Ark’s Getting Smart challenges long-held assumptions about education, points to why innovation will be so critical to enabling the education system of the future, and paints a vision of what learning could look like throughout society—and how we so desperately need it.” –Michael B. Horn, Executive Director, Education of Innosight Institute and coauthor of Disrupting Class

“Tom Vander Ark thinks public education ought to join the 21st Century. In the visionary book about a new, and much more effective, way to educate our kids, he explains the potential impact of the digital revolution on education — a learning transformation that is inevitable, even though it’s now still in its infancy. Finally, an education reform book filled with hope, accompanied by a clear articulation of the way forward.” –Joel Klein, CEO, Educational Division, News Corporation

“Tom Vander Ark’s synthesis of the interrelationships between student needs, experiences, schools and opportunity through innovations is thought-provoking and “wicked smart”. Understanding the rapid pace of change throughout the world and the dynamics the digital age forces upon the ossified educational structures in the United States reveals tensions that must be addressed by the nation to overcome the challenges to do what is right for helping today’s students. Vander Ark illuminates a pathway that is rational and intelligent – synthesizing the opportunities for adults to get smarter in serving our aspiring youth.” –Susan Patrick, President & CEO, iNACOL

“Getting Smart is a must read for educational leaders. It explores exactly how today’s students are different; how learning has changed; why, where and how we still need to change; and more. Tom Vander Ark identifies key drivers that are forcing change, and provides a detailed analysis of a wide variety of emerging learning programs, systems and products—all with the view of today’s new reality in terms of learning.” –Julie Young, Former President & CEO, Florida Virtual School

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