W.Va. Board of Education Backs Efforts to Expand Technology

November 08, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education on Tuesday joined former Gov. Bob Wise in support of the first national Digital Learning Day on Feb. 1. As president of the Alliance for Excellent Education, Wise is leading the effort to promote digital learning.

"Digital Learning Day is more than just a day," Wise said. "It is about building a digital learning movement that provides teachers with better tools to truly provide a quality education for every child. The use of technology has made nearly everything in modern life more efficient, accessible, richer, and faster. It is hard to imagine modern life without the rapid innovations that have boosted productivity, created jobs, and changed daily life, yet education remains largely untouched by the power of technology in the classroom and particularly in teaching and learning.”

The West Virginia Board of Education earlier this year adopted a resolution outlining 10 elements of high quality digital learning to make sure West Virginia’s schoolchildren are using 21st century tools to learn 21st century skills. Board members directed that the digital learning elements, such as access, personalized learning, instruction, content, funding and delivery, be incorporated through alignment with state code and board policy.

The digital learning elements build upon West Virginia’s 21st century learning plan called “Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it.” Global21 establishes the 21st century learning curriculum, including core subjects as well as performance learning skills.

“Digital learning gives teachers more opportunities to enhance the unique talents and abilities of every student,” said state Superintendent of Schools Jorea Marple. “It frees teachers to be more innovative in their teaching.”

Initial support for Digital Learning Day comes from leading content and technology companies including Google, Intel Corp., SMART Technologies, Epsilen, GlobalScholar and Pearson Foundation. Additional partners in Digital Learning Day include the Carnegie Corp. of New York and nearly 20 leading national organizations representing educators, leaders, and the best in thinking about educational technology and learning.

To learn more about Digital Learning Day, visit http://www.DigitalLearningDay.org, or contact the Office of Communications at 304-558-2699.

--The West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) are committed to ensuring all students in the state are college and career ready when they graduate from a public school. What West Virginia students are learning in school exceeds national and international standards. Through the WVDE’s 21st century learning plan called Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it.,” West Virginia is seeing better student performance on the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST2); the SAT and the ACT college entrance exams; the job skills assessment called Work Keys given to career and technical education students; and in a high school graduation rate that exceeds the national average. 



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