On February 1, 2012, the Alliance for Excellent Education joined with thirty-nine states, 18,000 teachers, and nearly 2 million students for the first-ever national Digital Learning Day, an unprecedented campaign that celebrated teachers and highlighted successful instructional practice and effective use of technology in classrooms. Building on that success, the Alliance will host the second annual Digital Learning Day on February 6, 2013.
“Digital Learning Day is not just about technology; it’s about using technology effectively to help teachers improve learning outcomes for students,” said Bob Wise, former governor of West Virginia and president of the Alliance for Excellent Education, the host of Digital Learning Day. “Digital Learning Day will demonstrate how great teaching and great instructional innovation, when combined with the effective use of technology, can help personalize and improve learning for every student.” (Visit http://youtu.be/zlFnR13ksC0 or click on the image above to watch video of Gov. Wise announcing Digital Learning Day 2013.)
Digital Learning Day is a yearlong showcase of how technology joined with teaching can take learning in the United States to a much higher level and provide all students with experiences that allow them to graduate from high school prepared for college and a career. It involves educators from every grade, students, parents, community members, and policymakers at all levels sharing information and expertise, learning new practices, and highlighting successes.
These year-round activities will culminate in a live national webcast on February 6, 2013 from the Newseum in Washington, DC—that will feature national policymakers, education technology experts, and teachers from around the country, as well as state-of-the-art learning resources and tools. (A highlight reel from Digital Learning Day 2012, featuring the National Town Hall with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, is available at http://youtu.be/1Tq1l1qklEM.)
In support of these activities, the Alliance will produce leading-edge policy papers, extensive expert online discussions, a digital learning webinar series, guest blogs, and other resources to help school leaders in K–12 public schools avoid pitfalls and implement effective instructional technology strategies to improve results.
The new Digital Learning Day website (www.DigitalLearningDay.org) includes comprehensive resources for teachers, principals, administrators, parents, as well as school district and community leaders. It also features specific ideas about how these individuals can participate at www.DigitalLearningDay.org/participate.