CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Thousands of students focused on the power of technology in the classroom on Wednesday Feb. 5, 2014 after Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin proclaimed the date Digital Learning Day (DLD). DLD, 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.
“We have the ability to personalize learning with the help of technology,” said Tomblin. “Technology is a powerful tool which can engage students and provide an avenue for 24/7 learning. Digital technology is essential as we work together to prepare our students for college and careers.”
“From simple beginnings at Mountainview Elementary School in West Virginia, Digital Learning Day has become a worldwide event for showcasing how technology can improve student outcomes and support teachers,” said Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia. “Still, there are schools and classrooms where students are asked to check their devices at the door. Digital Learning Day was created to provide all educators—from those who are technology averse to the technology rock stars—with the support and guidance they need to feel comfortable using different types of technology to improve learning in their classrooms.”
West Virginia students, teachers and schools joined their counterparts in other states for the third annual DLD. 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.
“I hope this demonstration highlights the importance of virtual and distance learning, especially in light of the number of days students have missed in recent weeks because of inclement weather and other unforeseen circumstances,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Jim Phares. “Effective technology combined with great teachers and engaged students have the potential to transform the world of learning.”
The West Virginia Department of Education created a web page at http://wvde.state.wv.us/dlday which 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 #WVDLD2014 #DLD2014, and #DLDay.
To learn more about the event, visit http://www.digitallearningday.org or contact the Office of Communications at 304-558-2699.