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Empowering Teaching and Promoting Innovation Through the Digital Learning Day Campaign: Sign Up Today to Learn More!

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October 26, 2011 02:50 pm

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I am pleased to share details about the first-ever Digital Learning Day, scheduled for February 1, 2012. Alliance President Bob Wise is leading this campaign to celebrate teachers and spotlight innovative strategies that effectively incorporate instructional technology to improve student learning.

Digital Learning Day is a flagship project of the Alliance’s newly created Center for Secondary School Digital Learning and Policy (the Center) where leaders within industry, education, and policy fields will focus on the effective uses of technology in the entire education system. The Center will address issues and cultivate models to highlight topics including online- and blended-learning opportunities, robust digital content and the common core state standards, models for funding and investment, innovative practice and pedagogy, teacher continuing education, STEM education, and much more.

But Digital Learning Day isn’t just a day-it’s a year-round campaign that highlight teachers, schools, districts, and states that are implementing effective approaches that personalize instruction, increase teacher effectiveness, streamline resources, increase rigor, and expand learning opportunities for all students.

Digital Learning Day is far too big for the Alliance to go it alone. Through our core partnership program, the Alliance is working with leading national educational organizations representing principals, district administrators, state education leaders, parents, librarians, state legislators, school board members, and other national educational policy professionals. Together, we will highlight promising practices and make sure that educators at all levels–no matter their comfort with using technology–can join the wave of innovation sweeping though schools across this country.

The Alliance has also assembled an advisory board of leading educators to offer direction on content, messaging, and development of the first-ever Digital Learning Day. It will also ensure we begin a drumbeat of reform efforts that help teachers start conversations within their schools and districts that begin to address the need to re-think classroom instruction to fully address the needs of every student.

These individuals have also been tapped to develop educator toolkits that will help teachers, principals, and administrators think about their use of technology in the classroom as well as provide meaningful activities to perform on Digital Learning Day. Each classroom may look very different on that day, but in every case teachers will be making progress toward a more effective use of technology to improve instruction in an effort to make every child ready for college, a career, and life.

We are also garnering the vast expertise of educational technology companies, including Google, Intel Corporation, SMART Technologies, GlobalScholar, Epsilen, McGraw Hill, and Pearson Foundation as funding partners who will help successfully implement Digital Learning Day.

Visit, Share, Join Today: We urge you to visit our new website at http://www.digitallearningday.org and sign up to participate in Digital Learning Day. Please share this link with educators, community leaders, and others who may have an interest in hosting a Digital Learning Day on February 1, 2012 in their locale(s). In the coming months, the Alliance will be sharing ideas, tips, and tools, so we urge you to sign up today to join the wave of innovation that is improving America’s schools and helping develop a more competitive workforce for America’s place in a global economy.

Sara White Hall is the director of the Center for Secondary School Digital Learning and Policy at the Alliance for Excellent Education.

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