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Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World

Tom Vander Ark, Bob Wise (Foreword by)
ISBN: 978-1-118-11587-9
240 pages
September 2011, Jossey-Bass
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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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Table of Contents

Foreword by Governor Bob Wise vii

Preface: Why Th is Book Now? xi

Acknowledgments xix

About the Author xxi

1 How Personal Digital Learning Will Make Us Smart 1

2 American Education: New Students in an Old System 19

3 Customization: Building the Right Playlist for Each Student 31

4 Motivation: Getting Everyone in the Learning Game 47

5 Equalization: Connecting All Students to Excellence 63

6 Integration: Putting It All Together to Make Schools Smarter 79

7 Innovation: Policies Th at Will Make It Happen 101

8 Investment: Paying for Innovation 119

9 Employment: Changing Our Job Descriptions 143

Conclusion: Getting Smart 157

Appendix: Getting Smart Toolkit 161

Questions and Answers 185

Notes 191

Index 199

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Author Information

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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