States Pledge Support for National Awareness Campaign Highlighting Technology’s Role in School Reform and Strengthening Instructional Practices
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Alliance for Excellent Education announced that more than two-thirds of all states have signed up as partners in support of the first-ever national Digital Learning Day, which will take place on February 1, 2012. 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 Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia. “These states have really embraced the issue and are planning exciting celebrations within their own states to support the national discussion about effective applications of technology in education.”
On Digital Learning Day, a virtual national town hall meeting will be broadcast live from Washington, DC, and will highlight 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-seven states and the District of Columbia 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 all the state, district, school, and classroom levels; and
- nationally known companies, such as Intel Corporation, Google, and SMART Technologies.
As shown in the map to the right, the following states (in blue) are signed up as partners for Digital Learning Day: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, 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, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Washington, DC has also signed up.
Orange spots on the map denote individual sites that are participating in Digital Learning Day.
The celebration of Digital Learning Day will be tailored 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.
For example, on Digital Learning Day, the Indiana Department of Education will kick off the state’s twenty-nine-day “Web 2.0 Challenge.” Then, on each day in February, it 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 three-minute video telling their own Digital Learning story to the Indiana Department of Education 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 the Indiana Department of Education. “Digital Learning Day gives us—and all states—a chance to shine a light on the exciting ways digital learning is happening in schools.”
All are welcome to participate in this celebration of innovation. Act now! Join the important national and local discussions by signing up to learn more about Digital Learning Day at http://www.digitallearningday.org.
The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC-based national policy and advocacy organization that works to improve national and federal policy so that all students can achieve at high academic levels and graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship in the twenty-first century. For more information about the Alliance for Excellent Education, please visit www.all4ed.com.