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Where the Kids Are: Digital Learning In Class and Beyond

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January 31, 2012
Where the Kids Are: Digital Learning In Class and Beyond

Technology is dramatically changing the way young people learn, especially when they're learning on their own. Kids with means and access employ web-based learning every day, at home and at school.

In the rapidly evolving world of digital learning, we can use that passion to help kids master the skills and content they need to know, and to connect them to a world of other students and adults who encourage them to aim higher and go farther. We also have a chance to ensure that the least advantaged kids are not left behind once again.

Expanded learning time schools, after-school and summer programs offer the ideal time, places and conditions to equalize and advance technology-enabled learning. Community organizations such as Y's and Boys and Girls Clubs typically operate these programs or partner with these schools, which overwhelmingly serve students with great academic and economic needs.

The United States has invested in building a national infrastructure of these organizations in the past two decades, as evidenced by 40 statewide after-school networks, citywide networks all across the country and a workforce of about 1 million after-school educators. It's time to ensure that as schools find ways to use technology effectively to advance learning, so do youth-serving organizations that provide informal learning opportunities to millions of kids beyond traditional school hours.

The report feature efforts by MOUSE, Global Kids, Thurgood Marshall Academy for Leadership and Social Change and Institute of Play.

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