West Virginia Schools to Participate in Digital Learning Day

Posted: January 30, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Thousands of West Virginia students and teachers will join their counterparts in other states on Feb. 1 in celebration of the first Digital Learning Day, part of a year-round national awareness campaign to improve teaching and learning.

Digital Learning Day, coordinated by The Alliance for Excellent Education, encourages the innovative use of technology and digital media, and highlights teaching practices that make learning more personalized and engaging for students.

“Teachers who embrace digital learning are effectively using technology to strengthen the student learning experience,” said state Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple. 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 so that students and teachers experience what digital technology can do to help our students become `Good kids doing great work’ at schools statewide.”

The West Virginia Department of Education has created a web page at http://wvde.state.wv.us/dlday that provides multiple resources teachers and school administrators can use to incorporate digital learning into their schools. Teachers and others have been asked to share their successes on Twitter using #WV #DLDAY.

“Digital Learning Day is more than just a day,” said Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia. “It is about building a digital learning movement that provides teachers with better tools to truly provide a quality education for every child. Simply layering on technology alone will not move the education needle very much. Effective technology combined with great teachers and engaged students have the potential to transform the world of learning. The time has come to ensure that every child has access to the engaging experience that comes with powerful teaching and rigorous content available through digital learning.”

To learn more about the event, visit http://www.digitallearningday.org or contact the Office of Communications at 304-558-2699.

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