Since I was able to link the document, I will not offer a summary, but I will say that the most engaging parts of the document are the examples that have been collected from schools all over the country that are using technology in innovative ways to motivate students, offer them means of learning, and provide them with individualized learning opportunities. It is inspiring to know that there are so many great educators creating new ways for students to learn by using technology. I advise reviewing the section on learning starting on page 9, which is where the link will take you. Check out the sidebars for examples.
I was pleased to find the following statement which supports our work this summer of finding ways and time for students to create electronic portfolios, reflect on the work, and share that work with others.
Student-managed electronic learning portfolios can be part of a persistent learning record and help students develop the self-awareness required to set their own learning goals; express their own views of their strengths, weaknesses, and achievements; and take responsibility for them. Educators can use them to gauge students’ development, and they also can be shared with peers, parents, and others who are part of students’ extended network. (Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology, p. 12)