Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World

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A comprehensive look at the promise and potential of onlinelearning

In our digital age, students have dramatically new learningneeds and must be prepared for the idea economy of the future. InGetting Smart, well-known global education expert Tom VanderArk examines the facets of educational innovation in the UnitedStates and abroad. Vander Ark makes a convincing case for a blendof online and onsite learning, shares inspiring stories of schoolsand programs that effectively offer "personal digital learning"opportunities, and discusses what we need to do to remake ourschools into "smart schools."

  • Examines the innovation-driven world, discusses how to combineonline and onsite learning, and reviews "smart tools" forlearning
  • Investigates the lives of learning professionals, outlines thenew employment bargain, examines online universities and "smartschools"
  • Makes the case for smart capital, advocates for policies thatcreate better learning, studies smart cultures
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About the author

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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Publisher
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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Language
English
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Genres
Education / General
Education / Teaching Methods & Materials / General
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This is why, in partnership with The Nellie Mae Education Foundation, Getting Smart has cultivated a popular parents’ blog series, Smart Parents, to share stories for parents by parents on both GettingSmart.com and on The Huffington Post. The project, hatched around the office kitchen counter in the summer of 2014, grew out of the recognition that parents need help making informed decisions, finding quality resources and providing the best supports for kids. With the 80+ parent stories we’ve gathered, we have authored our newest book: Smart Parents: Parenting for Powerful Learning.

As educators and as parents, we have seen profound shifts in the way in which human beings learn—both young and old. Families face unprecedented amounts of information and education-related decisions. This often leaves parents navigating a complex maze of new learning opportunities, new standards, new assessments and new technology.

This book is a resource to guide parents in creating, choosing and advocating for powerful, student-centered learning experiences for their children. It is designed to facilitate conversation about important educational decisions parents face today. With advice on everything from picking preschools to accessing educational apps, this is the resource for parents so they can be informed, involved, inspirational and intentional.

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