The Facts About Digital and Blended Learning

From The Center for Education Reform
February 7, 2014

There is a revolution occurring in America today that is too often unrecognized or trivialized. It is almost silent, perhaps by design.

Let’s be honest, every attempt to empower parents, educators and lawmakers to transform the learning experience of our nation’s children has been met with fierce opposition.

But today, the efforts toward improving education in the U.S. include a strong focus on online and blended learning, an approach that involves a myriad of delivery mechanisms via online tools for students, no matter where they live or attend school.

Innovation today is opening up classrooms to the world, and bringing the world into the once parochial classroom. Gone are the days when a school in a community would be limited by distance and cost from availing its students of every imaginable lesson that exists in the world to enhance their learning.

There is tri-partisan support for online and blended learning programs that has sparked a nationwide revolution that does not just mean the proverbial computer in the back of the classroom or a new “innovative” building, but entire classrooms and schools delivering world-class education online, to students from all backgrounds and communities.

Yet, despite this support and the evidence that digital learning is here to stay and is growing in popularity and practice, students across the country are limited in their choices to transform their learning experience.

The proliferation of digital and blended learning opportunities requires the public’s acceptance and understanding of these innovations. It requires policymakers to join the effort and it requires the media to understand the difference between devices, buildings and actual learning to guide public discourse in an unbiased way.

First and foremost, it requires listening to the students and directing their educational experience in totally new ways – and then talking about it!

This toolkit aims to help the “adults” working on the frontlines of the digital learning revolution to change the public discourse and ensure the public acceptance of the widespread benefits of technology and true innovative delivery in education that is changing lives across the country.

View the full Digital Learning Toolkit.


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