By the end of the week, officials from the Michigan Department of Education – Bruce Umpstead, Director, & Barbara Fardell, Manager, Office of Educational Technology & Data Coordination Michigan Department of Education – wrote a response to Dr. Deubel’s comments. In their response they explained what the Michigan Law regarding online learning really means. One of the reasons for the new law, which takes effect in 2011:
“Truly, we live in exponential times, where adults have become Digital Immigrants and students Digital Natives, where each day students spend 6.2 hours using electronic media. It is estimated by a student’s 21 st birthday, he or she will have personally sent more than 250,000 messages. Currently, the amount of new technology is doubling every two years. It is predicted to double every 72 hours by 2010.
I particularly appreciated their quote from Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm:
“”Our online learning requirement makes Michigan a leader among all the states in using the power of the Internet to create learning opportunities in the classroom, the home, and the workplace. In a world that demands life long learning, we are giving our students and our state a competitive advantage when it comes to landing the good-paying jobs of the 21st Century economy.”
A well written response.