Traditional vs. Digital Age Learning Models

North Carolina’s education system is transitioning from providing an industrial age, one-size-fits-all education to providing the personalized digital-age education students need to be successful in college, careers and civic life in the world of their futures. North Carolina has already made significant progress with Statewide initiatives such as the K-12 Education Cloud and Home Base, and many districts in the State have digital learning initiatives well underway, including Mooresville, which has become a national model. However, much remains to be done to ensure that all students throughout the State have equitable access to high quality digital learning. Recent legislative actions that address preparing educators for digital learning, providing digital resources, and ensuring technology access across all schools, are important steps in moving forward, as are the goals of the new State Board of Education strategic plan.The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University, in collaboration with policymakers, education leaders, practitioners, business leaders and other partners from throughout the State, is honored to be asked to develop the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan to continue and accelerate North Carolina’s educational transition.