Guest post by Joe Mazza
|Image credit: digitallearningday.org|
On Wednesday, February 6, 2013, educators, students, teachers, parents, and leaders across the country will celebrate the innovation in teaching and learning that digital learning provides by pledging to try something innovative with technology to improve the learning experience. Nearly a half million students will participate as their teachers innovate and apply best practices in teaching and learning to provide a more engaging and personalized experience for students.
During this Wednesday’s 9PM EDT/6PM PST Parent-Teacher Chat #PTchat on Twitter, we’ll share out the best Digital Learning Day 2013 resources and ideas shared during the day in schools around the world. Join us to share what YOUR SCHOOL did to celebrate.
What is Digital Learning?
Digital learning is any instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience. Much more than “online learning,” digital learning encompasses a wide spectrum of tools and practice, digital learning emphasizes high-quality instruction and provides access to challenging content, feedback through formative assessment, opportunities for learning anytime and anywhere, and individualized instruction to ensure all students reach their full potential to succeed in college and a career.
Characteristics of Digital Learning in Schools
- Personal and flexible.
- Led by teachers with significant support.
- Collaborative and aligned to a common vision.
- Flexible and high-quality resources.
- Data driven, transparent, and ongoing.
Parents Can Help Build The Wave Of Innovation
You have probably seen more technology in use in your children’s schools lately. Maybe your child’s class has an interactive whiteboard. Maybe your teacher uses email. Maybe they utilize Blackboard or some other platform so that students can learn anytime, anywhere. Technology has changed literally everything in our world. These developments have created jobs, made the world more connected, and changed the way we interact. They also have the power to change the way our children learn. Thanks to technology, teachers are able to offer learning experiences that are more personalized, accelerated, engaging, and connected to the world students live in.
The nation is finally at a point where the technology is available to keep up with the demands of student needs. And technology is getting more and more affordable every day. In fact, some schools are saving money by using more technology. But there is so much more that can be done, which is why the Alliance for Excellent Education hosts Digital Learning Day.
- Review the Parent Discussion Guide.
- Take PBS’s quiz: Your Digital Parenting Style: Protecting and Empowering Kids.
- Include information about Digital Learning Day in your next PTA/PTO newsletter