Let me rephrase that: Will there even be “classrooms” in the future? Twenty years from now, learning may no longer be defined by time and place.
Imagine a school where students of all ages gather together to do coursework or to work on a project, interacting with teachers or “peer gurus” only when needed…a school where students are grouped not by grade level, but by level of knowledge of a particular subject, so that each group can have their individualized learning “playlists.” No desks. No textbooks. No bells signaling the end of a period.
At Curriki, we believe strongly in personalized learning so that students are able to learn at their own pace – whether it’s at an introductory level or an accelerated level. The curriculum should be tailored to the student, not the other way around! That’s the beauty of open educational resources (OERs). Digital technologies allow us to personalize the learning experience so that students can learn at their own pace and have instant access to the latest information. And the best part is that all of Curriki’s 50,000+ online learning assets – from worksheets and videos, to lesson plans and games – are free to educators, students and parents everywhere. And many OERs have already been mapped to standards—both Common Core and state standards.
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Tom Vander Ark wrote a blog earlier this month entitled “How Digital Learning is Boosting Achievement”. He pointed out that digital learning is proven technology, with extensive usage in business and in the military in addition to a rapidly increasing set of applications in K-12 education.
There are many success stories. The author makes four key points, and provides many examples to support these points; we just repeat a few of those examples here:
Blended schools can and do achieve high performance
Example: Proficiency in reading, math, science up from 68% to 88% in Mooresville, NC with laptops for all.
Hundreds of studies of online and blended learning are showing good results
Technology-enabled math products are demonstrating positive results
Example: Reasoning Mind claims struggling 2nd and 3rd graders could catch up to grade level in math in one year.
Digital learning is cost-effective in the face of a ‘decade of deficits’
Example: US Department of Education study shows 9 ways that online learning boosts productivity.
Mr. Vander Ark states “The digital learning revolution offers the first opportunity in history to extend quality secondary [education] to every young person on the planet.” And it also increases the college-readiness and career-readiness of high school graduates.
Curriki’s open educational resource repository is focused around digital learning content, including many videos, presentations and interactive resources. These digital learning resources are available to anyone on the planet with Internet access for free.
Broadband, tablets and the Cloud are all enabling technologies that support access to the best methods and the best teachers for anyone, anywhere, at any time. Personalized learning is spreading across the globe, and Curriki is proud to provide a free, open education repository as a Cloud-based service.