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West Virginia State Board of Education Powers Up Digital Technology

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March 11, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Board of Education is the first to recognize 2015 Digital Learning Day (DLD). During its monthly meeting in Charleston, members heard from Union Elementary School students in Upshur County via Skype about plans they have for DLD. In addition, a proclamation from the Office of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin was presented, officially designating March 13, 2015 as DLD in West Virginia.

DLD celebrates the power of technology in the classroom. 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. From simple beginnings at Mountainview Elementary School in West Virginia, DLD has become a worldwide event for showcasing how technology can improve student outcomes and support teachers. DLD was created to provide all educators with the support and guidance they need to feel comfortable using different types of technology to improve learning in their classrooms.

"There are some West Virginia county school systems that have already missed 18 days of instruction due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances," said Michael Green, vice president of the West Virginia Board of Education. "As a board, we are working to replace traditional schoolhouse walls and deliver learning anytime from anywhere. DLD acknowledges the progress being made by our schools, teachers and students."

Thousands of students will participate in DLD. For example, students at Pinch Elementary School in Kanawha County will showcase an iPad app for students from another grade; students at Wright Denny Intermediate School in Jefferson County will participate in the Global Describe and Draw Project at kidlink.org; and, teachers at Lincoln High School in Harrison County will offer a variety of hands-on activities in their classrooms and throughout the building. To learn more about other DLD celebrations in West Virginia schools visit http://wvde.state.wv.us/dlday/2015.

"Effective technology combined with great teachers and engaged students have the potential to transform the world of learning," said Michael Martirano, West Virginia Superintendent of Schools. "Providing innovative ways to teach students is paramount to the One Voice, One Focus: All Students Achieving Vision Plan. We cannot ignore the power of digital technology as we work together to prepare our students for college and careers."

Teachers and others have been asked to share their successes on Twitter using #WVDLD2015, #DLD2015 and #DLDay. To learn more about the event, visit http://www.digitallearningday.org or contact the West Virginia Department of Education Office of Communication at 304-558-2699.

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