Wednesday is Digital Learning Day

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All around America, thousands of teachers and millions of students are getting ready for the third annual Digital Learning Day, staging local events and conducting special learning activities to advance innovation in education.

In Juneau, Alaska, the state library will sponsor a discussion on producing podcasts. In Haude, Texas, elementary students will research the Winter Olympics online in a competition in which they can “win gold.” In Maine, students are competing in an online “Rice Bowl” challenge; every correct answer raises money to fight world hunger.

A flagship event from the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., will be broadcast over the Internet, hosted by Judy Woodruff of PBS’ Newshour. It will feature educators and students from schools and school districts using technology to make a positive difference in student learning, including Talladega, Ala.; Beaverton, Ore.; Henry County, Ga.; Hillsborough, Fla.; Albemarle County, Va; and West Windsor Township, NJ.

By joining a live video conference, you’ll be able to see the Library of Congress event and take part in live chats with policy makers, participate in polls and view informational videos on demand. The webcast will be in two parts on Feb. 5, with a kickoff session scheduled from 11:00 a.m to noon ET and the National Digital Learning Policy panel discussion from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET.

Digital Learning Day is sponsoring the Alliance for Excellent Education. Its president, Bob Wise, said:

“In the two years since the Alliance’s inaugural Digital Learning Day, the many uses of technology to improve student learning outcomes in the nation’s schools have skyrocketed.

“Still, there are schools and classrooms where students are asked to check their devices at the door. Digital Learning Day was created to provide all educators—from those who are technology averse to the technology rock stars—with the support and guidance they need to feel comfortable using different types of technology to improve learning in their classrooms.

“From simple beginnings at Mountainview Elementary School in West Virginia, Digital Learning Day has become a worldwide event for showcasing how technology can improve student outcomes and support teachers.”

In conducting local events, many educators will be tapping into interactive lesson plans and teaching toolkits available in English language arts, math, science, social studies, and other subject areas.

It’s not to late to take part, or to sign up to “take the pledge” to support digital learning for every student.

 

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