Virtual School Meanderings

February 6, 2013

Happy Digital Learning Day! Here’s How You Can Participate!

This showed up the morning (many of the same items from the earlier message)…

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Happy Digital Learning Day!

Signifying the growing importance and demand for digital learning strategies in the classroom, nearly 25,000 teachers, millions of students, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park, and U.S. Representative George Miller (D-CA), are joining the Alliance for Excellent Education today for the second annual Digital Learning Day. Digital Learning Day is a national campaign that promotes digital learning and spotlights successful instructional technology practice in K–12 public school classrooms across the country.

“Digital Learning Day isn’t about slapping a netbook on top of a textbook,” said Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia. “It’s about pairing educational innovation with thoughtful planning and great teaching to provide all children with the twenty-first-century skills they need in today’s economy.”

Educators from across the country will participate in Digital Learning Day by giving interactive digital lessons, collaborating with colleagues over the internet, or simply trying something new with technology in their classrooms.

For examples of how you can participate in the Digital Learning Day celebration, consult the schedule of activities below.

Digital Learning Day Schedule:

Try a Lesson Now!

We encourage you try one of these lessons and share your experiences about it through social media on Digital Learning Day. Join the tens of thousands of educators who will tailor these lessons for use in their classrooms on Digital Learning Day and beyond.

Participate in Live Morning Chats on Digital Learning with Education Experts

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

9:00 – 11:30 a.m. (ET)
Live Chat: Focus on Instruction, Lesson Plans, and Innovative Strategies and Tools
(Scroll down for directions on how to access the chat.)

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)
Live Chat Special Edition: Rock Stars on Education Policy, Practice, and Media
(Scroll down for directions on how to access the chat.)

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

Watch the Digital Town Hall Live Simulcast

Digital Learning Day’s Digital Town Hall will be simulcast live on Wednesday, February 6, from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (ET). This high-profile broadcast will feature and celebrate dignitaries, policymakers, and education leaders. Educators who tune in will see promising practices in digital learning from across the country and be provided with an energetic program to help make the case for effective use of technology in education. Polling with mobile devices will be used to capture live impressions from viewers. Watch it here.

Participate in the Live Afternoon Chat with Education Experts

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. (ET)
Live Chat: Project 24—A Focus on the Digital Learning Transition
(Scroll down for directions on how to access the chat.)

Today, 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 School Division (PA)
  • Barbara Treacy, Managing Project Director of the Learning and Teaching Division, EDC
  • Robyn Young, Librarian, Avon High School, Avon Community School Corporation (IN)

Participate in the Facebook “Takeover” with U.S. Representative George Miller (D-CA). 

We yield the floor to the Honorable George Miller, U.S. Representative from California … on the Digital Learning Day Facebook page, that is! Immediately following the Digital Town Hall on February 6, U.S. Representative George Miller is taking over the Digital Learning Day Facebook page from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. (ET). He’ll be posting about digital learning, education, and answering questions from our Facebook friends. (Scroll down for directions on how to access the “Facebook Takeover” chat.)

How to Access the “Cover It Live” Chats
1.  Go to Scroll down until you see the chat window for the Cover It Live chat in which you wish to participate.
2.  Click the play button on the Cover It Live chat window for the chat 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


The Alliance would like to say again, THANK YOU to all of its wonderful partners. Their input/collaboration and willingness to work together have contributed to the great success of this year’s Digital Learning Day. Without them, Digital Learning Day would not reach the tens of thousands of teachers and millions of students around the world. Visit the Digital Learning Day partners page to see this awesome group of organizations.

Follow the action on Twitter (#DLDay) and on Facebook. And don’t forget to use social media to share your experiences!

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Alliance for Excellent Education, 1201 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 901, Washington, DC 20036 United States

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