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The intersection between Digital Learning and Common Core

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Digital Learning Now! (DLN), a national initiative under the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd), in association with Getting Smart, has published a new ebook, "Navigating the Digital Shift: Implementation Strategies for Blended and Online Learning." The ebook explores the implementation challenges at the intersection of digital learning and the Common Core State Standards.

Co-authored by John Bailey, Carri Schneider and Tom Vander Ark, "Navigating the Digital Shift" offers updated versions of white papers originally released in the DLN Smart Series including contributions from 11 authors representing leading organizations such as Public Impact, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), CompetencyWorks and The Learning Accelerator. Topics include strategies for blended learning implementation, how technology can improve teaching conditions and careers, the potential of competency-based learning, the opportunities of secure student data to empower personalized learning, and the reality of online learning for students and teachers.
In his welcome for the ebook, Governor Jeb Bush, Founder and Chairman of ExcelinEd, explains, "Blended and online learning offers a new universe of content, opportunity and differentiated instruction, truly placing the student at the center of the learning experience."

"Our work in states across the country has revealed that education leaders are ready to make the shift, but need resources to support their work," said DLN Executive Director John Bailey. "This ebook offers the first resource of its kind, bringing together everything from school-level implementation advice to state and national policy considerations."
"We have an unprecedented national opportunity to boost achievement by personalizing learning for all students," said Tom Vander Ark, CEO of Getting Smart. "This ebook will help school leaders prioritize next steps and will encourage policymakers to improve opportunity set for schools and families."

"The ebook is the start of an important conversation, not the end of one," said Carri Schneider, Getting Smart Director of Policy and Research. "We love to hear from leaders across the country to inform our work so that we can continue to collect and report on what schools need to successfully navigate the shift."

To download the ebook, visit Digital Learning Now or download it from Amazon, iTunes, or Google Books.

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Posted on October 17, 2013 in E-books