Early on, the phrase “digital learning” conjured up lonely, solitary images of kids at a computer screen, disconnected from teachers or interaction with others. Thankfully, that has begun to change and a new vision of digital learning – one that empowers and connects teachers and students across the country -- has begun to emerge.
Over and over again, teachers tell me that digital tools have given them the ability to teach the way they have always wanted to – allowing them to gain insight into students individual learning styles like never before. At the same time, digital learning can connect teachers, librarians and other educators in communities of practice to help them grow as professionals. The possibilities are truly exciting.
That’s why the Alliance for Excellent Education is proud to support Digital Learning Day, which celebrates teachers and shines a spotlight on successful instructional practice and effective use of technology in classrooms across the country. At the Digital Learning Day website, you’ll find free toolkits, resources, and ideas to help you try one new thing or showcase what’s working to improve learning. Already more than 21,000 teachers representing more than 4 million students have pledged to participate on February 6, 2013. I invite you to sign up TODAY to join the wave of innovation sweeping across our nation’s schools. Participation is free and provides a great opportunity to highlight teachers doing great things and efforts to promote the effective use of technology.
In addition to the celebrations taking place across the nation, the main event of the day is the Digital Town Hall on February 6 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (ET). You’ll hear from teachers, students, schools, and districts that are implementing digital learning in rural, urban, and suburban settings in ways that serve high-poverty and at-risk populations.
We’ll host White House Chief Technology Officer Todd Park and U.S. Representative George Miller as our special guests. We’ll also go live to the Miami, Florida where we’ll be joined virtually by Superintendent Alberto Carvalho. There will also be live chats and lots of ways to interact. Visit www.digitallearningday.org for more information.
The Alliance is also working with hundreds of districts nationwide to pilot a self-assessment to jump-start a comprehensive planning process that we’ll be launching on Digital Learning Day. You can also “like” Digital Learning Day on Facebook and follow us on Twitter or with the #DLDay hashtag.