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Book review of 'Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World' by Tom Vander Ark
The book 'Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World' by Tom Vander Ark is a valuable book for the institutions that are making use of digital technologies and multimedia for classroom instruction to make the digital learning process effective and relevant by combining online and onsite learning.

The online and digital learning has to be handled professionally and teachers require a handbook or guidebook to enhance the potential of new technologies to mediate effectively for instruction. The author of the book examines the facets of digital-learning based educational innovations in various countries wherein the institutions have made an effective use of new technologies to aid the learning process.

The book describes some success stories of the schools as well as projects leading to personal digital learning and converting schools into 'smart schools'. The author also provides a comprehensive review of the smart tools being offered by the various on-line courses both by school systems and higher education institutions.

Furthermore, the book also dwells on the hard work and professional lives of digital learning professionals and successful smart institutions. That makes the book relevant both for educational leaders and classroom practitioners.

The digital learning can help in differentiated and personalised learning as an alternative to current lock-step, age-defined, grades-segregated conventional institutions since digital technology with smart phones, PCs and tablets has become widely available and accessible now.

The first part of the book focuses on technology and fast changing learning environment due to up- gradation of digital technologies which have led to development digital learning material which are self-paced, self-directed and open. The second part of the book discusses the policy and operational implications of new technologies and emphasises the need to re-invent the education system.

The book has been written in refreshingly readable style and provides practical suggestions to re-align education by combining convention instruction with learning and technology as an operative idea.

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