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Afternoon Announcements: January 31, 2012

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January 31, 2012 06:50 pm

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Digital Learning Day is almost here and the momentum surrounding the day is growing. As 39 states are now taking part in the first national initiative to integrate technology within the classroom, publications all across the country are highlighting local efforts to get involved. If you haven’t quite positioned yourself to jump on the digital bandwagon, the latest news will surely get you ready to plunge.

The New York Times draws attention to their extensive history of covering technology’s role in education applauds the Alliance for Excellent Education’s mission of continuing the focus. Additionally, Education Week gives you a synopsis of just what to expect for tomorrow first annual Digital Learning Day with ways to stay informed about your state’s plans ahead of Wednesday’s big event.

States and local communities are staying ahead of the curve by coordinating their own events that target increased integration of technology in schools. CBS Detroit (MI) documents how the Michigan Department of Education, in partnership with the Alliance, announced its participation as a state host in the inaugural Digital Learning Day campaign and kick off to Michigan’s “Year of the Digital Learner.”

According to The Hays Daily News in Kansas, Governor Sam Brownback has declared Digital Learning Day in the state. States across the country are officially declaring the day in order to encourage more local communities to get on board.

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