Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Digital Learning Day

A quick note in advance of tomorrow’s first ever Digital Learning Day, an important nationwide celebration of innovative teaching and learning that makes thoughtful use of digital media and technology.

All day tomorrow, February 1st, a majority of states, hundreds of school districts, thousands of teachers, and nearly 2 million students will encourage the innovative use of technology by trying something new, showcasing success, kicking off project-based learning, and focusing on the ways that digital tools can help improve student outcomes.

We’re pleased that the Pearson Foundation was among the first of many sponsors of this first ever nationwide celebration—one that builds on many of the same interests we’ve explored for years in our own Mobile Learning Institute and New Learning Institute programs. (Check out the New Learning Institute for detailed video case studies of similar investigations, including our own ongoing work with the Smithsonian Institution.)

Tomorrow, the Alliance for Excellent Education will host an in-depth webcast featuring moderated discussion of video footage of innovation in action looking at leadership, instruction, innovation, every subject area, and effective teaching.

Then, at 1:00 p.m., EST, the Alliance is hosting a National Town Hall meeting featuring FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in a special joint appearance. The event will profile great teachers that effectively use technology to deliver instruction, and focus on education innovation projects happening across the country.

Look for a roundup of key take-aways later this week.

A few quick facts:

  • Over 16,000 teachers and nearly 1.7 million students have 
registered directly as part of the national Digital Learning Day effort.

  • 38 states, many with their own registration processes are hosting 
their own Digital Learning Day activities and celebrations. This state
 program covers 88% of US students.
  • President Obama has provided a statement sending greetings to
 Digital Learning Day participants and encouraging every educator to think
 about how technology can support effective teaching and learning.

  • Dignitaries from across the aisle will support the potential for digital learning in schools.

13 states have issued Governor Proclamations for Digital Learning 
Day, including Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky,
 Maryland, New Hampshire, Ohio, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and

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