CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Thousands of West Virginia students and teachers will join their counterparts in other states on Feb. 6 in celebration of the second annual Digital Learning Day, part of a year-round national awareness campaign to improve teaching and learning.
“The use of technology in our classrooms is happening all the time but Digital Learning Day gives us a reason to stop and recognize how technology influences our learning and how it helps to improve academic achievement,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Jim Phares.
Digital Learning Day, coordinated by The Alliance for Excellent Education and led by former Gov. Bob Wise, encourages the innovative use of technology and digital media, and highlights teaching practices that engages students and provides them with a rich, personalized, educational experience. Nearly 2 million students and 20,000 teachers participated in the inaugural event in 2012, including many in West Virginia.
“Teachers who embrace digital learning are effectively using technology to strengthen the student learning experience,” Phares added. “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.”
The West Virginia Department of Education has created a web page at http://wvde.state.wv.us/dlday that provides multiple resources educators 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 represents a launch pad for enormous educational innovation that will offer all children an excellent education with 21st Century skills,” said Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education. “All school districts, no matter what size or shape, stand to benefit from this teaching and learning technology revolution. That’s why we’re bringing together students, teachers, school leaders and many others to show the best practices in the use of classroom technology and move forward with a national digital learning agenda.”
On the national level, Digital Learning Day will feature the national Digital Town Hall being held at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Attended by prominent national education and policy leaders, the national Digital Town Hall will profile teachers, students, schools, and districts that are implementing digital learning in innovative and successful ways, including schools in Arizona, California and Pennsylvania. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan also is scheduled to participate via video.
To learn more about the event, visit http://www.digitallearningday.org, or contact the Office of Communication at 304-558-2699.