This “media-exchange project between states and public broadcasting,” as Zelman describes it, will take time to develop, because the content must be matched to each state’s standard. “Accurate and detailed metatagging also takes time,” she explained.
Zelman predicted that the project will take roughly five years to have all 50 states on board. Already, between eight and ten states are in talks to field-test the digital resource model.
“Eventually, as states start to adopt this model and have a national digital resource platform for information, local organizations from various states can add resources through the state as well,” said Wilhoit. “For example, Arkansas has a river project where students gather scientific data about the environment and share it with other schools. Different states could have their own resources, such as regional climate programs, and much more.”
He added that these data systems will provide a “new way of learning.”
They “will expand learning time, extend resources, and give students and teachers the ability to go on their own learning journeys,” said Wilhoit. “With technology, anything is possible.”
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Council of Chief State School Officers
Kentucky Department of Education