Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World

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"Provocative and bold, Tom Vander Ark's Getting Smart challenges long-held assumptions about education, points to why innovation will be so critical to enabling the education system of the future, and paints a vision of what learning could look like throughout society—and how we so desperately need it."
Michael B. Horn, executive director, Education of Innosight Institute;and coauthor, Disrupting Class

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Overview

Praise for Getting Smart

"Provocative and bold, Tom Vander Ark's Getting Smart challenges long-held assumptions about education, points to why innovation will be so critical to enabling the education system of the future, and paints a vision of what learning could look like throughout society—and how we so desperately need it."
Michael B. Horn, executive director, Education of Innosight Institute;and coauthor, Disrupting Class

"Tom Vander Ark thinks public education ought to join the twenty-first century. In this visionary book about a new and much more effective way to educate our kids, he explains the potential impact of the digital revolution on education—a learning transformation that is inevitable, even though it's now still in its infancy. Finally, an education reform book filled with hope, accompanied by a clear articulation of the way forward."
Joel Klein, CEO, Educational Division, News Corporation

"Tom Vander Ark's analysis of the interrelationships between student needs, experiences, schools, and opportunity through innovations is thought provoking and 'wicked smart.' Vander Ark illuminates a pathway that is rational and intelligent—synthesizing the opportunities for adults to get smarter in serving our aspiring youth."
Susan Patrick, president and CEO, iNACOL

"As usual, Tom Vander Ark is right on target. Blended learning will change how and what we teach and how and what students learn. Tomorrow has suddenly become today!"
Terry Grier, superintendent, Houston ISD

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118007235
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/18/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 365,408
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet 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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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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