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ERIC Number: ED510803
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
The Online Learning Imperative: A Solution to Three Looming Crises in Education. Issue Brief
Wise, Bob
Alliance for Excellent Education
The current process and infrastructure for educating students in this country cannot sustain itself any longer. In just about every other facet of society, at work and at home, technology has transformed the way Americans go about their lives. Yet schools have been slow to embrace the transformative power of technology. Although computers are pervasive in schools, they tend to be used more like electronic textbooks--high-tech tools in a nineteenth-century system. The time for merely rethinking and upgrading the role of technology in education has passed; policy decisions today must embrace a dramatic transformation of teaching and learning. Technology can no longer be thought of simply as an "add-on" tool in education but rather an integral part of the total educational environment. This paper offers solutions to the following crises in education: (1) Global Skill Demands Grow While U.S. College Graduation Rates Fall Behind; (2) The Funding Cliff--Declining Local, State, and Federal Revenues Mean Changing the Education Content-Delivery Model; and (3) The Looming Teacher Shortage: The Growing Challenge to Bring Quality Content and Effective Teaching to Every Classroom. (Contains 29 endnotes.) [This paper was written with the assistance from Robert Rothman.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alliance for Excellent Education