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Try one new thing on Digital Learning Day

January 26, 2012

It seems Christmas was just here, and now Digital Learning Day is already next Wednesday. From DEDOE’s Delaware Center for Educational Technology:

Digital Learning Day is February 1, 2012. It is national awareness day to celebrate great teaching, encourage more personalized and relevant learning, and work to ensure that every child has access to the best learning experiences. Digital Learning Day is a call to educators, students, parents, and other stakeholders everywhere to:

Try one new thing
Start a conversation
Showcase what’s working

I guess with this blog, I’ve got “Try one new thing” and “Start a conversation” covered 🙂

The national Digital Learning Day organization has a full day of activity planned, including a national town hall meetup with Arne Duncan and others. Sign up for notifications here and sign up for the town hall here. Check out the Toolkits section for practical ideas of things you can do. Then look at the Showcase of Promising Practices.

More about the Town Hall:

The National Town Hall will feature U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Federal Communications Chairman Julius Genachowski. It will also involve live interaction with school sites around the country, profile great teachers who effectively use technology to deliver instruction, and focus on successful education innovation projects that demonstrate how technology can be used in the classroom to improve student outcomes.

A lot of the focus is on online courses and interactive online learning systems. I see these kinds of technologies one day becoming a supplement but never a replacement for traditional classroom teaching. But for some students, they may be just the thing. And educators should keep up with the technology as one more tool in their bag of tricks.

In Delaware, I think this year we could honor Digital Learning Day just fine by learning to make better use of the technology we already have.

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