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Thirty-five States and DC Committed to Celebrate Digital Learning Day: States Pledge Support for National Awareness Campaign Highlighting Technology’s Role in School Reform and Strengthening Instructional Practices

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“These states have really embraced the issue and are planning exciting statewide celebrations to support the numerous initiatives around the effective applications of technology in education.”

To date, more two-thirds, or thirty-five, of the fifty states, plus the District of Columbia, have signed up as partners in support of the first-ever national Digital Learning Day taking place on Wednesday, February 1, 2012. Spearheaded by the Alliance for Excellent Education, Digital Learning Day is a national awareness campaign designed to celebrate innovative teachers and highlight instructional practices that strengthen teaching and personalize learning for all students.

“I’m excited to see the momentum building for Digital Learning Day,” said Alliance President Bob Wise. “These states have really embraced the issue and are planning exciting statewide celebrations to support the numerous initiatives around the effective applications of technology in education.”

On Digital Learning Day, a virtual national town hall meeting will be webcast live from Washington, DC, and will include highlights from four to six satellite locations. The town hall meeting boasts support from

  • twenty-five core partners made up of national membership organizations, and a broad array of stakeholder groups, including principals, school board, content area specialists, and instructional technology professionals;
  • thirty-three states that are planning their own statewide celebrations;
  • twenty-six instructional technology experts who are hard at work developing toolkits and resources to support educators at the state, district, school, and classroom levels; and
  • nineteen nationally known companies and foundations, such as Intel Corporation, Google, and SMART Technologies.

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The following states (shown in green on the map to the right) are signed up as partners for Digital Learning Day: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The District of Columbia has also signed up.

Celebrations of Digital Learning Day will be determined within each participating state. Some activities these states are planning include a proclamation from the state governor, a showcase of student work through digital learning, lesson plan contests for teachers, announcements of digital learning projects, and highlights of promising practices within and among states.

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE), for example, will kick off the state’s twenty-nine-day Web 2.0 Challenge on Digital Learning Day. Each day during February, IDOE will introduce a new resource complete with tutorials and tips on its blog; the challenge is for educators to explore the shared tools and post thoughts and ideas about how they could use them to enhance student learning. Additionally, the state will encourage districts to post a short video telling their own Digital Learning story to the IDEO YouTube channel.

“Educators all over Indiana work every day to advance and expand their efforts to take advantage of technology to improve student outcomes,” said Candice Dodson, director of eLearning at IDEO. “Digital Learning Day gives us—and all states—a chance to shine a light on the exciting ways digital learning is happening in schools.”

Learn more about Digital Learning Day or sign up to participate at http://www.digitallearningday.org.

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