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Bush, Wise say digital learning is future of ed

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told Idaho's school technology task force, "Six years from now, there's probably not going to be textbooks as we know it. ... There won't be paper-driven assessments. ... These will all be digitally driven with the ability to get immediate feedback." He said, "The teachers ought to be prepared for this, they ought to be given the training, they ought to be given the tools to be able to administer and coach." Bush said his and Wise's Digital Learning Council has set 10 elements for high-quality digital learning, and he reviewed those. "I think you all are really ahead of the game in this regard - you're not just passing laws," he said. Instead, he said, Idaho is "looking at how do you create the infrastructure so that digital learning can be accessed any time, in any way."

Bush said, "All across the country, there are efforts under way, so don't feel like you're alone in this effort. Democrats and Republicans are working together to try to transform education on behalf of kids."

Former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise told the task force, "Our mission is that every student graduates from high school ready for college and career." He said, "What digital education and technology does is permit us to draw the best information and content from wherever we can in the world and make it available. ... That's what's so exciting."

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