Following his May 23 testimony before the Michigan Senate Education Committee on digital learning, Alliance for Excellent Education President Bob Wise and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R) spoke at a lunch event hosted by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy on “blended learning,” which pairs online content with a traditional classroom experience supervised by a classroom teacher. During the event, both speakers stressed the importance of moving beyond technology for technology’s sake and underscored the critical role that teachers will play in the move toward digital content.
“It really should go back to looking at teaching practices, strategies—all those things are things that need to take place,” Snyder said as reported by MLive.com. “The biggest challenge is not the hardware element of it, but making sure you are working with teachers in a positive way that they are excited about. We want to empower our teachers so they can be participants in creating a new and different way.”
Later that afternoon, Wise spoke at another event in Michigan on digital learning with State Superintendent Mike Flanagan and William Skilling, superintendent of Oxford County Schools.
Watch video from both events at http://www.mackinac.org/virtual.