Countdown Begins for 2013 Digital Learning Day—Will Be Held Six Months From Today on February 6, 2013
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August 6, 2012
New DigitalLearningDay.org Website Provides Opportunities for Educators at All Levels to Get Involved, Demonstrates How Digital Learning is Improving Education Every Day
WASHINGTON, D.C.—As teachers and students prepare to go back to school, there is at least one important date they will be marking on their calendars: February 6, 2013. In just six short months, they will be joining millions of students and tens of thousands of teachers, as well as dozens of states and national organizations for the second annual Digital Learning Day (www.digitallearningday.org), an unprecedented campaign that celebrates teachers and shines a spotlight on successful instructional practice and effective use of technology in classrooms.
“It’s not just about technology, it’s about using technology effectively to help teachers improve learning outcomes for students,” said Bob Wise, former governor of West Virginia and president of the Alliance for Excellent Education, the host of Digital Learning Day. “Digital Learning Day will demonstrate how great teaching and great instructional innovation, when combined with the effective use of technology, can help personalize and improve learning for every student.” (Visit http://youtu.be/zlFnR13ksC0 or click on the image above to watch video of Governor Wise announcing Digital Learning Day 2013).
In conducting the first Digital Learning Day, the Alliance for Excellent Education embarked on an ongoing national awareness campaign resulting in leading-edge policy papers, extensive expert online discussions, a digital learning webinar series, guest blogs, and other resources to help school leaders in K-12 public schools avoid pitfalls and implement effective instructional technology strategies to improve results.
Educators from all grade levels, school administrators, and policymakers from the school district, state, and federal levels are joining the Digital Learning Day wave to participate in the conversation, share information and expertise, and learn new practices. These ongoing activities and discussions will culminate in a national event webcast live from the Newseum in Washington, D.C., featuring premier guests, speakers, and teachers from around the country, as well as state-of-the-art learning resources and tools.
The first Digital Learning Day, held this past February, featured participation by nearly 2 million students, 18,000 teachers, thirty-nine states, and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski. (A highlight reel from Digital Learning Day 2012 is available at http://youtu.be/1Tq1l1qklEM.)
The new Digital Learning Day website (www.digitallearningday.org) includes extensive resources for teachers, principals, administrators, parents, as well as school district and community leaders. The website also features specific ideas about how K-12 students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others can participate at www.digitallearningday.org/participate/.
“We were thrilled with the level of participation in the first Digital Learning Day earlier this year,” said Wise. “We’re planning for an even greater level of dialogue and involvement next February so teachers and students can find new and exciting ways to enhance learning and improve outcomes.”
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.org.
To learn more about Digital Learning Day, visit www.digitallearningday.org.