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Digital Learning Day: Empowering Teachers, Connecting Students


Ann Flynn
, Director Education Technology & State Association Services, National School Boards Association
Jayne Marlink, Executive Director, California Writing Project
Jason Pittman, Science Teacher, Hollin Meadows Elementary School (Alexandria, Virginia)
Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education

What does digital learning look like in the classroom? How can it have a powerful impact on students and teachers? How can digital learning technologies provide better access to learning, make use of resources, and ensure students graduate from high school ready for college and a career?

Technology has changed the way we do everything from grocery shopping, to listening to music, and reading books. It is time to take action to leverage this potential with more innovative uses of technology in the nation’s schools to ensure every student experiences personalized learning with great teaching. The technology and software available to educators is developing and improving rapidly, and the costs of technology are dropping. How can the nation make the most of this opportunity to close achievement gaps and ensure that all students are prepared for college and a career?

On January 6 the Alliance for Excellent Education held a webinar to highlight some successful schools and provide more information about getting involved and learning more about how technology can have a powerful impact. The webinar featured panelists from the Educator Working Group that supports the Alliance’s Digital Learning Day efforts.

During the webinar, panelists discussed how they have seen digital learning make a difference in the lives of students and teachers and elements of success in digital initiatives. The panel also discussed plans for the first-ever national Digital Learning Day scheduled on February 1, 2012. Digital Learning Day is the flagship event of the Alliance’s Center for Secondary School Digital Learning and Policy.

Gov. Wise also provided highlights from the recently released issue brief, “The Digital Learning Imperative: How Technology and Teaching Meet Today’s Education Challenges.”

This webinar is made possible in part with support from Carnegie Corporation of New York and other funders.

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