Friday, January 24, 2014

Digital Learning Day


Digital Learning Day            


Are you ready to jump start the learning in your classroom? February 5th is the day that can do that. It is Digital learning Day!

The Superintendent for the Department of Education in Virginia has expressed her support of National Digital Learning Day that is designed to “highlight learning that is more personalized and engaging for students” in a January Memo. What is Digital Learning? A good specific definition is a bit difficult to find because this depends so much on what is being referred too.  From the  Georgia Governor’s Office of Student Achievement  and Florida’s Virtual School:
Digital Learning is learning facilitated by technology that gives students some element of control over time, place, path and/or pace."

From the Alliance for Excellent Education and Center for Digital Learning and Policy:  
“Digital learning is any instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience”.

Whatever the definition, our students want more digital learning and that is what Digital Learning Day is all about.

There are many ways that you can incorporate digital resources into your classroom.  It can be very overwhelming so the idea is to take one step at a time and consider the technology that is in your building already.  Some of the New Kent Teachers are trying things like Animoto, Kidblog, and Kerpoof.
Here are few other resources that you can use to get started:
  1. The Digital Learning Day tool kit page has some great ideas.  This list of ideas suggests some things like:
  • Teach an interactive digital lesson in the classroom - Try one here (More to come soon and each lesson will include an introductory video and detailed lesson plan.)
  • Ask technology savvy teachers to mentor other teachers in their building or district
  • Encourage the use of teacher portals and professional learning communities
  • Use Digital Learning Day to focus on CyberBullying or digital citizenship
  1. Visit one of the Digital Learning Day partners: Getting Smart Blog to learn more about the innovations in learning happening everyday.
  2. Try Wonderopolis for a wonder-of-the-day discussion.
  3. Have the students use the tools to develop their own learning in a Genius Hour.
  4. You can use my personal favorite Google Earth to explore places related to the content students are learning about.
  5. Start curating resources and creating your own digital enhanced lessons for your classroom using:
  • Youtube Edu - Upload youtube video’s for education to your own youtube channel by categories for each lesson.
  • Graphite.org - create a lesson “flow” of curated websites and apps by subject
  • emediaVA - free educational content searchable by VA SOL and access to SAS® Curriculum Pathways® interactive, standards-based resources
  • Eduwidgets- developed in and for Virginia schools, this is an online authoring application that teachers and students can use to create interactive digital content for classroom devices, tablets, and the Web.
  • Educreations- video a lesson and post it to share with others.

Once you have decided how you would like to celebrate Digital Learning day put how you plan to celebrate on the Digital Learning Day map. Some other local spots on the map that are celebrating Digital Learning Day include Glen Allen Elementary School and The Virginia Society for Technology in Education.

The key is to Just Have Fun and make learning fun for your students!

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