Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World

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A comprehensive look at the promise and potential of online learning

In our digital age, students have dramatically new learning needs and must be prepared for the idea economy of the future. In Getting Smart, well-known global education expert Tom Vander Ark examines the facets of educational innovation in the United States and abroad. Vander Ark 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."

  • 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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Tom Vander Ark is CEO of Open Education Solutions, a partner in Learn Capital, and blogs daily at www.GettingSmart.com. Previously he served as president of the X PRIZE Foundation and was the executive director of education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Tom was the first business executive to serve as a public school superintendent. Tom is also chair of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL).
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John Wiley & Sons
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Published on
Sep 20, 2011
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Pages
240
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ISBN
9781118115879
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English
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Education / General
Education / Teaching Methods & Materials / General
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