The Alliance for Excellent Education announced that 37 states, 10,000 teachers and 1.5 million students signed up in support of the first national Digital Learning Day on Feb. 1.
Digital Learning Day is a national awareness campaign designed to celebrate innovative teachers and highlight instructional practices that strengthen teaching and personalize learning for all students.
“Digital Learning Day isn’t about technology for technology’s sake — it’s about recognizing the great potential that effective technology combined with powerful teaching and rigorous content has to transform the world of learning,” said Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia. “Through the Internet, students are more connected to the outside world today than during any other time in history, yet they are frequently asked to ‘power down’ when they go to school. Digital Learning Day is about ‘powering up’ to help students use their interest in technology and social networking as new ways to learn.”
A key event for Digital Learning Day was the virtual National Town Hall, featuring a roundtable discussion with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Federal Communications
Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski. Broadcast live from Washington, DC., via Skype, the National Town Hall featured teachers, students, and leaders from select schools throughout the country, and Eminence Independent Schools was chosen as one of these satellite sites.
Eminence Schools proudly had two teachers chosen to participate in this national initiative.
From 10 to 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1, Jill Griebe, the Eminence Independent literacy coach, and Jennifer Montgomery, the Eminence Middle School seventh and eighth-grade language arts teacher, conducted a virtual town hall presentation on how to use digital formative assessments through the use of Turning Technologies for personalization of mastery learning.
“The use of technology has made nearly everything in modern life more efficient, accessible, richer, and faster,” Wise said.
“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. These participating schools and states have truly embraced the idea of digital learning and are planning exciting celebrations of their own to highlight how effective applications of technology in education can improve student outcomes.”
“The urgency of providing a quality education means every child has access to the engaging experience that comes with powerful teaching and rigorous content available through digital learning,” Wise continued. “The teachers are here, the technology is everywhere, and the students are ready and able. Now it’s time to put it all together.”
“Eminence Schools desire to create a district where we equip every student with the Next Generation Skills necessary to succeed in the ever-changing climate of our new global marketplace.”
Eminence Superintendent Buddy Berry said, our school board, staff, and students have really committed to reinventing how school and learning occur, and our selection for participation with the National Digital Learning Day really helps validate our efforts. “The DLD also will prove to be a launching pad for several upcoming, revolutionary announcements for the near future of Eminence Independent Schools where we continue to Expect Eminence Excellence” he said.