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February 4, 2013

Join the Conversation! Digital Learning Day Live Chats

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Digital Learning Day - Engaging Students. Celebrating Teachers. Creating Better Schools.

#DLDay: Live Chats on Digital Learning with Education Experts

Wednesday, February 6, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (ET)

Learn About Advances and Successful Strategies in Digital Learning
Through a Series of Live Chats with Education Experts from Around the Country as Part of the National 2013 Digital Learning Day

As part of the Digital Learning Day celebration on February 6, the Alliance has brought together education experts to share the best practices in digital learning and how to improve the educational experience and outcomes for all students in a series of live online chats.

Experts will lead interactive sessions on instructional practices, including Facebook “Takeover” by U.S. Representative George Miller, Senior Democratic Member of the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee, and a “Special Edition” moderated chat featuring PBS education correspondent John Merrow, USA Today education reporter Greg Toppo, Alliance for Excellent Education President and former West Virginia Governor Bob Wise, and moderator Jill Barshay of the Hechinger Report. (Directions on how to access these chats appear at the bottom of this email).

Chats will include teachers, district leaders, and other educators implementing successful digital learning strategies and practices in their schools. Topics will focus on lesson plans with digital learning, planning and implementing instructional strategies, promising practices within and among states, and showcasing student work through digital learning.

Tap into this network of knowledge by joining in one or more of the following live chats with digital learning experts from across the United States.

Live Chat Schedule

9:00 – 11:30 a.m. (ET)
Focus on Instruction, Lesson Plans, and Innovative Strategies and Tools with Digital Learning

Join the experts below and educators from around the world to talk about the lesson plans, including the live, interactive plans shared for Digital Learning Day, implementing technology in instruction, and tips and tools that can help meet the needs of students. Participants are encouraged to ask questions, talk with colleagues, and brainstorm new ideas.

  • Peg Cagle, Educator, Lawrence Gifted/Highly Gifted Magnet, Los Angeles Unified School District (CA)
  • Erin Frew, Principal, New Tech West High School, Cleveland Metropolitan School District (OH)
  • Jill Griebe, Educational Recovery Specialist (Literacy), Eminence Independent Schools (KY)
  • Hope Johnston, Distance Learning Advisor, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (NC)
  • Gail Pletnick, Superintendent, Dysart Unified School District (AZ)
  • Ben Smith, Teacher, Red Lion Area High School, York County School Division (PA)
  • Robyn Young, Librarian, Avon High School, Avon Community School Corporation (IN)

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (ET)
Special Edition: Live Chat with Rock Stars on Education Policy, Practice, and Media

  • John Merrow, Education Correspondent, PBS
  • Kim Sharp, Instructional Media Coordinator, Vistas High School Program, Klein Independent School District (TX)
  • Greg Toppo, Education Report, USA Today
  • Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education
  • Jill Barshay, Contributing Editor, Hechinger Report (chat moderator)

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. (ET)
Focus on Digital Learning Transition

The Alliance will officially launch an exciting initiative focused on encouraging and supporting districts through the digital transition. Join the educators and administrators below who will be providing their experience and knowledge to this effort over the next twenty-four months. Ask questions, share ideas, and suggest areas of focus for the events related to this initiative.

  • Monica Beglau, Director, eMINTS National Center, University of Missouri–Columbia (MO)
  • Patrick Larkin, Assistant Superintendent, Burlington Public Schools, MA
  • Ben Smith, Teacher, Red Lion Area High School, York County Schools (PA)
  • Barbara Treacy, Managing Project Director of the Learning and Teaching Division, EDC
  • Robyn Young, Librarian, Avon High School, Avon Community School Corporation (IN)

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. (ET)
Facebook “Takeover” with U.S. Representative George Miller (D-CA)

We yield the floor to the Honorable Representative from California…on our Facebook page that is! Immediately after the Digital Town Hall, U.S. Representative George Miller is taking over the Digital Learning Day Facebook page from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. He’ll be posting about digital learning, education, and answering questions from our Facebook friends.

  • U.S. Rep. George Miller, Senior Democratic Member of the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee

How to Access the “Cover It Live” Chats
1.      Go to, where you will see three “Cover It Live” chat windows.
2.       Click the play button on the Cover It Live chat window for the discussion in which you want to participate.

How to Access the “Facebook Takeover” Chat with U.S. Rep. George Miller

1.      Log into your Facebook account.
2.      Visit the official Digital Learning Day Facebook page at
Ask questions and make comments!

For More Information, visit our website at

©Copyright 2012. Alliance for Excellent Education

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