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From Thursday, November 1, 2012 through Friday, February 1, 2013, the Arkansas Department of Education will be electronically collecting educators’ responses to the following question: How are you using technology to prepare your students for the challenges of the college classrooms and careers of the future? As responses come in, they will be reviewed and evaluated for inclusion in a special Digital Learning Day collection on the Arkansas iTunes U website.
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Check out all the national, state, and local events! Let us know if you would like to tie your local activity into your state’s celebration and we will connect you with the state leader. Is your state signed up yet? If not, let us know of an organization or individual who may be willing to lead a statewide effort and we will follow up directly.
Through digital learning blog posts, see what educators are talking about. Last week, Robyn Young, school librarian at Avon High School in Indiana, blogged about rethinking cell phone use in the classroom. Here’s a snippet:
My cell phone died. OK—it didn’t die … I killed it. It fell off of my counter and landed right in the middle of my dog’s water bowl. … I snatched the phone out of the water as fast as I could, but it was too late. It was dead. And I didn’t back up the data on it. The really bad part is that I’ve always kind of made fun of the people who don’t back up the data on their phones or who aren’t more careful with them, but now that it has happened to me, I guess that it’s really not that funny. … I thought about our students and how we ask them to unplug, turn off, or disconnect every single day. After personally being forced to “disconnect” for three days without a phone, I don’t know how students do it each day, and I understand completely why they sneak their phones out during class. Read more.
Would you like to be a guest blogger? If so, contact Rachel Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Digital Learning Day is building upon the momentum of its first year through a drumbeat of positive messages, resources, and materials. Help spread the word about the power of digital learning and encourage your district, schools, and teachers to join the wave of innovation sweeping through the nation; the more the merrier! Here’s what you can do:
- Post the Digital Learning Day button on your website.
- Hand out the Digital Learning Day Save the Date flyer at your next staff or PTA meeting.
- Display a poster with original Digital Learning Day artwork.
- Urge ten educators to sign up for Digital Learning Day.
- Check out more ways to participate on the Digital Learning Day website.
Join the Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance) on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (ET), for a webinar on the future of teacher preparation in the digital age. The webinar will highlight promising developments and explore the challenges of remodeling teacher preparation programs.
During the webinar, Mary Ann Wolf, who supports much of the Alliance’s work in digital learning, will moderate a discussion with leaders representing a wide range of perspectives on teacher preparation. Barnett Berry, president of the Center for Teaching Quality, will provide a glimpse of what teacher preparation might look like in the future, while Lynne Schrum will share on-the-ground experience of her efforts at West Virginia University. Ronald Thorpe will discuss what the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is doing to take teacher preparation into the digital age. Panelists will also answer questions submitted by viewers from across the county. Click here to register.For More Information, visit our website at digitallearningday.org
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