Education Reform's Holy Grail?

July 18th, 2012

One of the hottest issues in education today is the battle between the traditional, “factory-based” classroom model of learning, and the more personalized, student-centric approach. More and more people are beginning to believe that the use of digital technology is what will enable education to cross over into a personal experience, because technology enables all students to have a customized and affordable learning experience.

Yet, while the United States has invested more than $60 billion in digital technology in pubic schools over the past two decades, most American schools still teach under the factory-based model. And only a small number of schools are implementing the use of digital technology in successful ways.

 According to Heather Clayton Staker, senior research fellow at Innosight Institute, more needs to be done to inform educators about specific success stories and strategies for using various forms of technology tools in the classroom and how they can go about achieving the same results. We also need a common language to describe how blended learning differs from other forms of digital technology and greater clarity among policymakes and educators regarding the implications of the technologies. 

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