Students with special learning needs often benefit from different and more personalized ways of mastering classroom material. More virtual education opportunities are now available to help meet the academic needs of children with cognitive or physical disabilities, those learning English, gifted and talented students, and those at risk of academic failure. Educators are trying to balance the potential of virtual learning with the need for face-to-face instruction for these groups of students. They are finding that assistive technologies, social-networking tools, and multimedia curricula are helping to build e-learning programs for students from special populations that can help improve academic achievement.
EPIC recently completed a study on the Common Core State Standards. We asked a national sample of entry-level college instructors to rate the applicability of each Common Core State Standard in comparison to their courses. If the standard was applicable, we asked them to rate its importance. These basic ratings provide a tremendous amount of preliminary information to address the two research questions:
How applicable are the Common Core State Standards to college courses?
When they are perceived as applicable, how important are the Common Core State Standards to college courses?
The rapid and constant pace of change in technology is creating both opportunities and challenges for schools. In this issue backgrounder, Education Week reporters look at the technology infrastructure in schools, research on education technology, and the use of e-learning, mobile computing, and social networking in schools.
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