Governors Bush and Wise Convene Digital Learning Council
August 19, 2010 05:32 pm
Yesterday, former governors Jeb Bush and Bob Wise launched the Digital Learning Council to identify policies that will integrate current and future technological innovations into public education. The council unites a diverse group of more than 50 leaders from education, government, philanthropy, business, technology, and think tanks to develop the roadmap of reform for local, state and federal lawmakers and policymakers.
“The members of the Digital Learning Council share a sense of extreme urgency about the need to bring digital learning to every school, every classroom and every child,” stated Governor Bob Wise, co-chair of the Digital Learning Council. “We must not squander the opportunity to promote digital innovation to reform our nation’s schools and ensure that all students are prepared to confront the challenges in our economy and society with the tools and skills that digital technology offers.”
During the council’s first phase of work, they will develop a list of best practices that would cover a wide range of issues including online and virtual schools, classroom technology, equity, security and privacy, and digital content. The second phase would be focused on encouraging states to adopt these best practices. The strategy was developed with the Data Quality Campaign in mind and their efforts to encourage states to implement the 10 essential elements of a longitudinal data system.