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Why is online learning the ‘The Great Equalizer?’ Listen now!

David Oglesby, The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) Director of External Affairs in a lively radio conversation this May 22nd with Mary Fluharty, Coordinator of Online Learning for Alexandria City Public Schools in Alexandria, Virginia, said it loud and clear, “Online learning is ‘The Great Equalizer.’”

Providing access for all

The conversation on Edutalk radio explores the many ways online/blended learning is making Horace Mann’s description of education as “the great equalizer” a reality. As Oglesby emphasizes, the purpose is “to ensure that all students have access to a world-class education and quality blended and online learning opportunities that prepare them for a lifetime of success. To learn more, you can listen to the podcast, and read a recent policy paper on tech assisted learning “The Great Equalizer: How Online Learning Promises Every Student an Excellent Education.”

Eleven years of online learning

Fluharty’s district in Alexandria, in its 11th year of online learning, has 13,000 students in its district who speak 100 languages. Now using iPad extensively, online and 1:1 learning in the district is designed to broaden the program of studies to extend learning times and graduation rates for all of its students. While Fluharty’s school district was an early adopter of online and blended learning, the extensive use of iPads as a tool was just a harbinger of things to come. Right now, there are over 4.5 million iPads being used in schools nationwide.

The discussion covers a wide range of topics related to online learning implementation, benefits, professional development, culture shift, and how innovative models at the district level are positively impacting learning and achievement. Don’t miss it.

Want to learn more about the shift to online learning? Read a white paper by Tom Vander Ark, The Future of Learning: Personalized, Adaptive, and Competency-Based.