Digital Learning Day is part of a year-round national awareness campaign to improve teaching and learning for all children. Join us on the third annual Digital Learning Day, Feb. 5, as we celebrate innovative teachers and instructional strategies wherever learning takes place — schools, libraries, after-school programs, or other locations.
Technology has changed the way we do everything from shopping to reading books. It's time to take action to leverage this potential with more innovative uses of technology in our schools to ensure every student experiences personalized learning with great teaching.
Digital learning is any instructional practice that is effectively using technology to strengthen the student learning experience. Digital learning encompasses a wide spectrum of tools and practice, including online and formative assessments; online content and courses; applications of technology in the classroom and school building; adaptive software for students with special needs; learning platforms; and access to high level and challenging content and instruction.
In West Virginia, digital learning elements build upon the state's efforts to prepare students for college and career success through a 21st century learning curriculum, including core subjects and performance skills.
The West Virginia Board of Education and the state Department of Education sponsored a virtual learning demonstration. Second grade classrooms in Kanawha, Raleigh, Harrison and Mingo counties received a simultaneous lesson from 2014 West Virginia Teacher of the Year Erin Sponaugle. Sponaugle taught the kids about Berkeley the Bear, based on the state's animal, the black bear. Other partners who made this event possible included CISCO, Citynet and Pomeroy.