All learners will have engaging and empowering learning experiences both in and outside of school that prepare them to be active, creative, knowledgeable, and ethical participants in our globally networked society.
To meet this goal, we recommend the following action:
1.2 Recommendation: Develop and adopt learning resources that use technology to embody design principles from the learning sciences.
Advances in the learning sciences have improved our understanding of how people learn. The Department of Education should encourage learning science researchers to make their findings broadly available to private and public sector developers of educational technology and ask curriculum developers to draw on advances in the learning sciences as they design and deliver the next generation of technology-based learning content, resources, courses, and tools. Specifically, new resources should give learners choices about how they learn, stimulate active engagement, and provide real-time feedback that fosters learning. Resources also should include self-improving features that enable them to become increasingly effective through interaction with learners. To expand the availability of these resources and ensure their continuous improvement, the Department should fund research and the development of exemplary resources that implement learning science principles. Schools and districts should adopt effective technology-based resources as they become available.
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