More than 680,000 students and 33 states will be participating in events organized around national Digital Learning Day on Wednesday, February 1.
The Digital Learning Day initiative was created to demonstrate how technology can be used to deliver high-quality instruction in grades K – 12, share examples of innovative education programs using technology, and provide support and resources for teachers, libraries, school leaders, afterschool and community programs, parents, and district and state leaders.
“Effective technology, combined with great teachers and engaged students, has the potential to transform the world of learning,” explains Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia.
“Digital learning gives teachers more opportunities to personalize education, utilize data and content more efficiently, and be more innovative in their teaching to ensure all students meet today’s challenging standards.”
Using webcast technology, the organizers will connect participants and stakeholders on Feb. 1 and bring DLDay into classrooms across the nation. Two events will be featured:
- the DLDay Webcast, from 9 a.m. – noon (ET), is an in-depth look at practices and opportunities to increase digital learning for every child, including demonstrations and live chats with educators. The webcast will be rebroadcast at 2:30 p.m. (ET) and archived at www.digitallearningday.org.
- a live National Town Hall Meeting with schools around the country, from 1 – 2:30 p.m. (ET), with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, and Sal Khan of the Khan Academy, as well as presentations from more than 20 teachers on successful digital learning practices.
Wise notes that every child should have access to “the engaging experience that comes with powerful teaching and rigorous content available through digital learning. The teachers are here, the technology is everywhere, and the students are ready and able. Now it’s time to put it all together.”
To learn more and access information and toolkits about digital learning, connect with DLDay on their website, Facebook page or via Twitter (and use the hashtag #DLDay).
Digital Learning Day is allied with the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Young Adult Library Services Association.