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ERIC Number: EJ1001879
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0895-6855
Learning in the Digital Age: Control or Connection?
Van Galen, Jane
Rethinking Schools, v27 n2 p46-51 Win 2012-2013
In October 2011, 200 state school officers and legislators gathered at a hotel in San Francisco to learn how to "revolutionize" learning by "personalizing" instruction. The occasion was former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's second annual National Summit on Education Reform. The topic was digital learning. The vision of digitally managed curriculum and assessment presented at the summit was developed by the Digital Learning Council, also co-chaired by Jeb Bush. The council's plans are ambitious: In the rapidly changing landscape of digital media, the council has taken it upon itself to "define the policies that will integrate current and future technological innovations into public education." What is a social justice educator to do? Tossing the digital baby out with the bathwater of corporatized curriculum will not serve the students well, given the magnitude of change that digital media has made in the economy, culture, politics, and daily lives of students. Fortunately, there are excellent alternatives that complement the work that socially just teachers are already doing. (Contains 5 endnotes.)
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Language: English
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