Teachers and administrators from Lower Moreland Township School District
are joining tens of thousands of educators, millions of students, and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in partnering with the Alliance for Excellent Education on Wednesday for the second annual national Digital Learning Day—a day of events that celebrates teachers and shines a spotlight on successful instructional technology practice in the classroom.
The centerpiece of Digital Learning Day is the national Digital Town Hall being simulcast live from the Newseum in Washington, DC. Also participating in the Digital Town Hall are U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park and Rep. George Miller (D-CA), senior Democratic member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
Digital Learning Day is a national campaign to improve teaching and learning that began in 2012. This year’s Digital Town Hall will highlight effective digital learning strategies from schools in Arizona, California, Florida, and Pennsylvania. Additionally, Digital Learning Day will, for the first time, incorporate hands-on instructional demonstrations on digital learning content areas, such as math, science, civics/social studies, and English language arts. Secretary Duncan is participating in the teacher demonstrations and interactive lessons and will be featured in the Digital Town Hall via video.
States and school districts are planning a variety of activities to promote the use of digital learning; highlighting promising practices within and among states; showcasing student work through digital learning; and conducting lesson plan contests for teachers.
So far over 20,000 teachers, representing more than 4 million students from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, have signed up to participate in digital learning activities throughout the day and beyond. The 2013 Digital Learning Day builds on last year’s inaugural event that included participation by thirty-nine states, 15,000 teachers, and 1.7 million students.
Digital learning represents a launch pad for enormous educational innovation that offers all children an excellent education with twenty-first-century skills,‖ said Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia. All school districts, regardless of their size or makeup, stand to benefit from this teaching and learning technology revolution. That’s why the Alliance is bringing together students, teachers, school leaders, and many others on Digital Learning Day to show the best practices in the use of classroom technology and move forward with a national digital learning agenda.