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Dear Digital Learning Day Participants:
We have been hard at work redesigning the Digital Learning Day website, planning digital learning webinars, preparing for Digital Learning Day’s Back-to-School Olympics, and posting current blogs from expert guest bloggers. Check out the details below!
New and Improved Website
Digital Learning Day is thrilled to share with you a “sneak peek” of its new website, http://www.DigitalLearningDay.org, which is home to new resources and great ideas for how you can plan your own celebration for Digital Learning Day 2013.
Two webinars being held this month will focus on digital learning. There is no cost to participating so please tune in if you schedule allows:
Thursday, July 26, 2012, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., ET: The Role of Teaching in a Learner-Centered, Digitally-Empowered Environment: As schools continue to work to meet today’s learning demands, it is increasingly important that they shift to a learner-centered instructional model driven by high-quality digital learning and the effective use of technology that provides a more rigorous, and collaborative learning environment for each student. Register and submit questions for the webinar at http://media.all4ed.org/registration-jul-26-2012.
- Monday, July 30, 2012, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., ET: Working Draft of Suggested Legislation for Personalized and Digital Learning: This webinar will focus on a working draft of suggested legislation for personalized and digital learning that the Alliance is currently developing. The suggested legislation is meant to assist states as they plan strategically for the future, develop workable timelines for implementation, and create important quality safeguards and transparency guidelines. The webinar also represents the opening of a public comment period, during which the Alliance will seek feedback and comments from policymakers and the public. Register and submit questions for the webinar at http://media.all4ed.org/registration-jul-30-2012.
Digital Learning Day is also offering new content to help with your back-to-school activities, so stay tuned to participate in the first-ever Digital Learning Day Back-to-School Olympics starting Monday, August 20, 2012. Each day, you will receive a series of clues that lead to great websites rich with content. The clues will support common core state standards in math and English language arts, will be categorized by middle and high school, and can be included in lesson plans going forward. The Back-to-School Olympics offer an educational, effective, and fun way for teachers to introduce students to new websites and talk about media literacy.
Latest Digital Learning Blog Posts
- How Not to Keep Kids Safe on the Internet (July 16, 2012). This blog post comes from James Bosco, professor emeritus at Western Michigan University and principal investigator for a MacArthur Foundation–funded Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) project, “Schools and Participatory Learning: Policy and Leadership.”
- Already Thinking About School (July 12, 2012). This blog post comes from Jeremy Macdonald, a fifth-grade and instructional technology teacher at Mills Elementary School in Klamath Falls, Oregon. He offers some learning opportunities and tools that he hopes will benefit his students and that may also be useful or relevant to you, your students, or your colleagues.
- Digital Learning: So Much More Than Just Using Technology in the Classroom (July 11, 2012). This blog post comes from Robyn Young, the school librarian at Avon High School and the Avon Advanced Learning Center in Avon, Indiana. She is a former Media Specialist of the Year in Indiana.
Are you a blogger? Do you have best practices to highlight? Don’t be shy! Please contact Rachel Jones at email@example.com to share your stories.
Thanks as always for your support and participation,
Director, Digital Learning Day and the Alliance for Excellent Education’s Center for Secondary School Digital Learning and Policy
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