Our digital age has prompted the need for radical new ways of learning that touch students, teachers, and parents. In Getting Smart, well-known global education expert Tom Vander Ark examines the various facets of educational innovation in the United States and abroad. Vander Ark—a former business executive, school superintendent, and foundation director—makes a convincing case for a new model of education that blends online and on-site learning. Vander Ark explains that through the use of technology it is now possible to provide 24/7 access to learning and increase student engagement. This new model can be cost effective, even doubling productivity for students who are struggling. By customizing learning—teaching the right way at the right level—each hour of learning can become more effective for all students at all levels.
Throughout this inspirational book, Vander Ark shares real-world stories of schools and programs that offer effective "personal digital learning" opportunities. In addition, Getting Smart spells out a vision of what it will take to transform our schools into "smart schools" that blend models, extend learning, and leverage community resources.
"Provocative and bold, Tom Vander Ark's Getting Smart challenges long-held assumptions about education, points to why innovation will be so critical to enabling the education system of the future, and paints a vision of what learning could look like throughout society—and how we so desperately need it."
—Michael B. Horn, executive director, Education of Innosight Institute;and coauthor, Disrupting Class
"Tom Vander Ark thinks public education ought to join the twenty-first century. In this visionary book about a new and much more effective way to educate our kids, he explains the potential impact of the digital revolution on education—a learning transformation that is inevitable, even though it's now still in its infancy. Finally, an education reform book filled with hope, accompanied by a clear articulation of the way forward."
—Joel Klein, CEO, Educational Division, News Corporation
"Tom Vander Ark's analysis of the interrelationships between student needs, experiences, schools, and opportunity through innovations is thought provoking and 'wicked smart.' Vander Ark illuminates a pathway that is rational and intelligent—synthesizing the opportunities for adults to get smarter in serving our aspiring youth."
—Susan Patrick, president and CEO, iNACOL
"As usual, Tom Vander Ark is right on target. Blended learning will change how and what we teach and how and what students learn. Tomorrow has suddenly become today!"
—Terry Grier, superintendent, Houston ISD
As a result, don't expect too much intellectual probing in this book.
The result, as the author explains, is an educational system aimed at "highly qualified teachers" over highly effective teachers, or highly accomplished students.
If we don't rethink, retool and reform, US education will decline even further.
A very thought provoking book about the changing landscape of digital education. The big picture view of Education, Politics and Business. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ben Wilson
Excellent book that arrived on time and offered a challenge to those who are concerned with education.A great read to move education to the next level.Published 15 months ago by diane
This book says it all. If we don't rethink, retool and reform, US education will decline even further. Easy to read and co.lrehend, this is a must for educatorsPublished 20 months ago by A. Dickens
Vander Ark has a wonderful little book on online learning, changes in learning, and how to make sure we are capitalizing on these new methods for the student's benefit. Read morePublished 23 months ago by DR-J-J
Learning and education are arguably the most powerful engines to achieving economic growth, societal cohesion and cooperation and perhaps most importantly for every person to... Read morePublished 23 months ago by hyytekk
I don't know exactly how to fix the education system, and even if I (or anyone) did, I doubt you could exactly PROVE the solution without implementing it (a gargantuan task to say... Read morePublished on July 19, 2012 by Strategos
I am currently a student in the Instructional Technology program at a local university and found this book to be full of what is being taught in our classes, truth about our tech... Read morePublished on July 16, 2012 by CCGal
Vander Ark makes an irrefutable case for needed change in education! In order to keep pace with this rapidly changing world, we owe it to our children.Published on May 6, 2012 by aventur
In this slim volume, education technology entrepreneur and venture capitalist Tom Vander Ark lays out a case for a fundamental restructuring of public education in America. Read morePublished on January 17, 2012 by Michael Lichter