ensuring that today’s students are well prepared to be tomorrow’s innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world. The Speak Up data represents the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered stakeholder input on education, technology, 21st century skills, schools of the future and science instruction. Education, business and policy leaders report use the data regularly to inform federal, state and local education programs.
As the use of computing and networking technologies in schools grows, educators increasingly incorporate online tools and resources into their curricula—some even replace traditional classroom interactions with “virtual” courses that take place entirely online. At the same time, administrators are concerned with helping students develop 21st century skills while bridging the digital divide between students and adults.
Today’s students are ready now to seize and shape the future by leveraging technology tools to implement their personalized vision for 21st century education. Online learning is at the heart of this momentum as it satisfies the three essential elements of this new student vision: learning that is socially-based, un-tethered and digitally-rich. But with the demand for online learning projected to grow each year, are our schools and educators ready and able to fully meet the challenge? This latest installment in a series of focused reports on online learning provides new insights into both the demand and supply side of this challenge with interesting new trends in the preparation of new teachers and the role of parents in influencing student views on online learning.
Key trends highlighted in the report include:
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