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:
1.3 Recommendation: Develop and adopt learning resources that exploit the flexibility and power of technology to reach all learners anytime and anywhere.
The “always on” nature of the Internet, mobile access devices, and students’ technology fluency give states, districts, and schools opportunities to offer on-demand learning experiences that are available anytime and anywhere. Private and public sector developers of instructional materials should exploit the flexibility and adaptability of technology, paying special attention to learners who have been marginalized in many educational settings: students from low-income communities and minorities, English language learners, students with disabilities, students who are gifted and talented, students from diverse cultures and linguistic backgrounds, and students in rural areas. Developers should combine technology with design principles for individualized, differentiated, and personalized learning and with Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles to support multiple options for representing ideas and for embedding supportive structures and processes within both commercially available and open learning resources. States and districts should adopt and implement these resources to the extent possible.
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