Figure 3 illustrates the comprehensive nature of integrated software services needed for 21st century learning experiences and that can be delivered from the cloud.
Figure 3: Framework for software services in a technology-empowered learning environment
Open Educational Resources (OER) are an important element of an infrastructure for learning. OER come in forms ranging from podcasts to digital libraries to textbooks, games, and courses. They are freely available to anyone over the web.
Goal: All students and educators will have access to a comprehensive infrastructure for learning when and where they need it.
The model of 21st century learning described in this plan depends on effective teaching to provide all learners with equitable access to inspiring and engaging learning experiences.
A transformative idea in the preparation and professional learning of educators and education leaders is to leverage technology to create career-long personal learning networks within and across schools, pre-service preparation and in-service educational institutions, and professional organizations.
More than two decades of teacher research demonstrate the importance of collaboration among teachers. When teachers make their work public and examine each others' work, the quality of their practice and student outcomes improve (Lieberman & Pointer Mace, 2010).
Technology is a powerful enabler of 21st century learning, but educators still must teach. They must support their students’ engagement with technology resources for learning, highlighting the important subject matter content, pressing students for explanations and higher-order thinking, tracking their students’ progress, and encouraging their students to take more responsibility for learning.