Digital Learning Now's "2013 Digital Learning Report Card" has arrived and the report indicates that a lot of progress has been made over the last year!
The report card set out to "evaluate each state's progress in advancing reforms aligned to the 10 Elements of High Quality Digital Learning" (as defined by Digital Learning Now). This includes a close examination of laws and policies enacted by states in effort to provide educational technology resources that meet all students' needs.
Read below the break to find out how you can see your state's score and to learn about select highlights from the report.
Highlights from the report
The report card contains a nifty interactive map where you can click on your state to find out what grade its digital learning policy received overall and what grade it received for each digital learning element (student eligibility, student access, etc.).
Additionally, the PDF portion of the report profiles a number of states that made significant gains within the individual digital learning elements, including:
The report notes that Florida, Arkansas, and Nevada each made "huge gains" toward increasing student access and eligibility to educational technology over the past year. These efforts include a bill recently passed in Arkansas that ensures every student will have the opportunity to take at least one online course.
Louisiana, Michigan, and Texas were highlighted for their efforts to provide students more opportunities to choose their curriculum path. Specifically, the report gave high praise to Louisiana's Course Choice program, which "allows students to customize their learning path to higher education and twenty-first century careers" via a selection of online learning courses provided by school districts throughout the state.
Rounding out the highlights, Ohio and Georgia were noted for their innovative EdTech efforts of the past year. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal's Digital Learning Task Force received praise for helping transform the state's view of educational technology and for placing a focus on EdTech's ability to provide educators and students "flexibility" with learning pace, style, and path.
Quick Summary Notes
Keep in mind, this Digital Learning Report Card "does not evaluate school models, blended learning systems, or the quality of online instruction." Rather, it evaluates the policy within the individual states and how these policies help foster learning and the meeting of students' needs.
As you work your way through the various grades, you'll probably notice that the results may be quite sobering for many states. This is not to say that things are in a dire situation, but instead that many states still have a long way to go toward providing students the digital learning resources they need to meet a goal of effective personalized learning.
Regardless of what grade your state received, I believe these findings are very encouraging and are certainly pointing in the right direction of providing excellent twenty-first century learning tools to today's students!
More EdTech resources from the Wowzers Team
If you like what you saw in the report card, I highly recommend checking out the rest of Digital Learning Now's great online resources.
Also, be sure to check out the "Blended Learning" section of the Wowzers Blog for more educational technology tips, best practices, and resources!