Building upon a growing movement, the Alliance for Excellent Education, and its partners are calling on teachers, schools, principals, community leaders, parents, and students to participate in the first-ever national Digital Learning Day on February 1, 2012. Digital Learning Day will celebrate innovative teaching practices that make learning more personalized and engaging and encourage exploration of how digital learning can provide more students with more opportunities to get the skills they need to succeed in college, a career, and life.
Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, made the Digital Learning Day announcement during an October 12 appearance on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” with Jeb Bush, president of the Foundation for Excellence in Education and former governor of Florida. Watch video from the appearance by clicking on the image to the right.
On October 13, Wise provided additional details on Digital Learning Day at the Foundation for Excellence in Education’s 2011 Excellence in Action National Summit on Education Reform.
“Digital Learning Day is more than just a day,” said Wise. “It is about building a digital learning movement that provides teachers with better tools to truly provide a quality education for every child. The use of technology has made nearly everything in modern life more efficient, accessible, richer, and faster. It is hard to imagine modern life without the rapid innovations that have boosted productivity, created jobs, and changed daily life, yet education remains largely untouched by the power of technology in the classroom and particularly in teaching and learning.”
Wise noted, “simply layering on technology alone will not move the education needle very much.” He said that digital learning “erases the line between high tech or high teach” and stressed that the nation must have both—high tech and high teach to truly prepare all students for the global economy.
“Digital learning gives teachers more opportunities to personalize education, utilize data and content more efficiently, and be more innovative in their teaching to ensure all students meet today’s challenging standards,” Wise said.
Initial support for Digital Learning Day comes from leading content and technology companies including Google, Intel Corporation, SMART Technologies, Epsilen, GlobalScholar, and Pearson Foundation. Additional partners in Digital Learning Day include Carnegie Corporation of New York and nearly twenty leading national organizations representing educators, leaders, and the best in thinking about educational technology and learning, as well as an advisory group of twenty-five educators.
As part of Digital Learning Day, the Alliance and its partners will make customized toolkits available for all audiences, grades, and subjects to help every individual and organization involved think about how they can contribute to the campaign. Teachers, principals, students, leaders, parents, and communities are invited to visit www.DigitalLearningDay.org to register to receive toolkits, resources, and invitations to run-up events and activities. Mark your calendar for Digital Learning Day on February 1, 2012 and help spread the word through Facebook or on Twitter with the dedicated hashtag, #DLDay.
Read Wise’s complete remarks here