Unleashing the Potential of Technology in Education

To exploit technology’s potential effectively, this
paper from the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) argues, schools must integrate it
within a “closed-loop” system—one that has a deeply aligned set of educational
objectives, standards, curricula, assessments, interventions, and professional
development. To prove this point, they highlight some universities and school
systems that are incorporating technology into such a closed-loop approach.
Victoria, Australia is said to be the best example of this at scale. And
Carnegie Mellon’s Open Learning Initiative (OLI), also lauded, embeds frequent
assessment and real-time, continuous feedback into its courses. The paper
ends with a set of basic (and reasonably vague) recommendations for shifting
from our current approach to education to a technology-based closed-loop one,
focusing on teacher empowerment, student engagement, and research and
infrastructure development. A titillating paper geared to the savvy follower of
digital learning, this is not. But it is a helpful resource for those just
dipping their feet into the refreshing waters of digital learning.

Allison Bailey, Tyce Henry, Lane McBride, J.
Puckett, “Unleashing
the Potential of Technology in Education
” (Boston, MA: The Boston
Consulting Group, Inc., 2011).

Michael Ishimoto is a Research Intern at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute