Learning in a Networked World

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Reposted from the Aspen Institute:

“America is at an inflection point with respect to reshaping learning, teaching, institutions and indeed how we deliver these to individuals of every age. In our country, the quality of education today will determine America’s strength in the future and help individuals secure their own prosperity.

New learning networks allow learners and teachers alike to connect directly to resources, people and activities. Teachers likewise will utilize networking for preparing classes, connecting to students and parents, and learning from and with other professionals. A new era is expanding the possibilities for inspiring, mentoring, assessing and credentialing learning for students of all ages.

We can create an education system where instead of time being the constant with learning the variable, the constant is mastery of content and the variable is time. If the opportunity for personalized learning were made available to all students – and we believe that it can be – we could realize the potential for improving academic performance for all students, substantially reducing the disparities that have long been a troubling aspect of the American educational system. This is the education every student can and should receive.”

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