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Recommendation - 3.4

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:

3.4 Recommendation: Use technology to provide access to the most effective teaching and learning resources, especially where they are not otherwise available, and to provide more options for all learners at all levels.

Many education institutions, particularly those serving the most vulnerable students in the population and those in rural areas, lack educators with competencies in reaching students with special needs and educators with content knowledge and expertise in specialized areas, including STEM. Similarly, students often lack options for courses in particular disciplines. Online learning options enable leveraging the best teaching. National organizations should support use of online approaches to leverage the best teaching through collaborative efforts to tag and review online learning offerings. High-quality online options are particularly important in cases where qualified teachers are not available. Districts, state institutions, and agencies should have detailed knowledge of where they lack educators with appropriate content knowledge and pedagogical skill and thus where establishing online learning options is a high priority.

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