"Every child deserves that high-quality access to devices, Wi-Fi and content," said Thomas C. Murray, state and district digital learning director at the Alliance for Excellent Education. In St. Paul, Ark., Principal Duerr spent the last four years turning around a school that was on a state improvement plan and nearly closed. She grew up in this small-town area and left a suburban job to make a difference in her rural community.
When Principal Daisy Dyer Duerr came to St. Paul in 2011, St. Paul High School was on the verge of being taken over by the state. Students were not meeting state expectations in math or literacy. “We choose to live in this area, but we don’t choose for our kids to have any less of an education because of where we live,” Duerr said. Duerr believed technology could help turn around the school. Through several grants, the principal transformed traditional classrooms into digital learning spaces.
Let’s Get Digital! In the NewsApril 21, 2015
Black-and-white composition notebooks may soon be a thing of the past. On Digital Learning Day, students and parents at Lee Elementary demonstrated their tech-savvy skills. Created four years ago, Digital Learning Day is a nationwide celebration of “the positive impact Educational Technology has on today’s learners.”
Students, teachers, administrators, and staff across the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District recently took part in the nationwide Digital Learning Day, which took place on Friday, March 13. HCISD joined tens of thousands of educators and millions of students from around the country in partnering with the Alliance for Excellent Education for the fourth annual Digital Learning Day—a technology-rich learning day that celebrates teachers and shines a spotlight on successful instructional technology practice in the classroom.
How Technology Is Changing The Classroom In the NewsMarch 23, 2015
Technology has changed our lives drastically over the course of the last 20 years. From the advent of the internet, to the use of smartphones, social media networks and the use of cloud computing, tech’s impact is clear. But in what way is technology being used to transform the classrooms of today into the learning centers of tomorrow? Is today’s rapidly advancing tech being implemented in ways that allow students from various communities and different walks of life to take full advantage of its benefits?
Last Friday, March 13, was the 2015 Digital Learning Day, an effort to promote innovation and technology integration. With our eLearning2 Digital Age Learning initiative, it felt like just another day of learning! To me, every day is "Digital Learning Day!" I asked staff to Tweet out pictures of their students accessing content, collaborating and creating using both the #DLDay and #eLearning2 hashtags. The result was a great mix of activities from all grade levels, K-12.
DLDay 2015 Highlights In the NewsMarch 19, 2015
The numbers are still coming in, but so far, 2,000 Digital Learning Day celebrations were held across the country and the globe, with over 500,000 students, educators, and community leaders participating. Digital Learning Day is a true testament to the incredible innovation, leadership, and transformation happening 365 days a year in schools, libraries and youth programs. Not only did it provide an opportunity to collaborate and share, Digital Learning Day was also a day to reflect on and celebrate the many ways that digital learning is empowering educators and students.
Garapan students celebrate Digital Learning Day In the NewsMarch 18, 2015
THE fifth graders at Garapan Elementary School learned many things about the American Revolution by “visiting” U.S. museums on the Internet during Digital Learning Day on Friday. All public school students experienced digital learning throughout the day as their teachers and librarians showcased the use of classroom technology, digital-learning tools and software.
Across the world on Friday, educators celebrated Digital Learning Day by sharing the strategies that have worked in the classroom. Technology’s role in schools includes connecting the informational dots, capturing and reflecting on student artifacts and helping teachers personalize their approaches.
Last week, communities and schools across the country were gearing up for Digital Learning Day. This wave of enthusiasm for digital learning is hardly new, or limited to one day out of the year. For some teachers, digital learning is helping them tackle some of the biggest problems they face in the classroom—and the ones students will face once they leave it.