Providing learning materials online is growing at the high school level, a reflection of what's already happened at many colleges - not just textbooks, but assignments, quizzes, exercises, problem sets, etc. In most cases it's the same content made available more efficiently; in some cases it allows new forms of learning to take place but only if the materials are suitable for this medium.
A small and but growing minority of teachers are finding ways to build deep engagement with serious subject matter by employing technology in carefully crafted presentations and assignments. These teachers report increased commitment and stronger interconnections among students and their subject matter. I see them spelling engagement with the five Ps outlined here.
Students attend school not simply to practice the technology techniques they already know, but to learn new modes of analysis and to see how they can use those familiar tools to dig deeper and see further. To grow in that way, they need to couple their technical facility with the guidance of a wise faculty.
Here’s a true story that points up while digital technologies are good at moving quickly through information, finding things fast, and collecting factual material. They are not so good at setting goals, providing direction, or relating means to ends.