Virtual School Meanderings

January 9, 2014

Digital Learning Day Tip of the Day: Arts & Digital Media

A final item from Monday’s inbox, this time from the neo-liberals…

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Add Your Event

We want to know how you plan to celebrate Digital Learning Day. Whether it’s trying a new lesson, creating a video, or hosting a showcase, we want to know. Add your dot to our map TODAY to win a prize from our swag shop!

Make Your Plans TODAY!

1. Excite today’s students by ‘speaking their language’ and incorporating interactive lessons and digital tools into class instruction
2. Get colleagues involved by showing how technology helps students stay engaged and learn more
3. Make parents happy by teaching their children applicable skills that produce real results
4. Help your school become a premiere place for meaningful education

Introducing the Tip of the Day: Digital Arts & Media Toolkit

Happy New Year!  Can you believe It’s only 30 days until Digital Learning Day?  We plan to continue to provide the popular “Tip of the Day” every day leading up to February 5, 2014. In an effort to keep your inbox clutter free, we will be sending a weekly summary of these tips as a countdown to the big day! However, each day, the daily tip will be posted on our website at: The first tip is available below as a sample, and each tip will be available through social media. Follow us on twitter and like us on Facebook to ensure you see the tip each day!

Digital Learning Day Check List:

  • Plan your school or district level event and add it to the map.
  • Order any swag from our online shop by January 15th to avoid rush fees.
  • Spread the word to your colleagues about being part of this movement to make a difference with digital learning in America’s schools.
Today’s Tip:

Research has shown again and again that arts education is closely linked to emotional development, social development, academic achievement, and civic engagement. Technological advancements are creating new ways of producing art and music all the time, and it is important that we recognize the importance of these creative outlets in the development of children. In the 21st century economy, aesthetics and creativity are becoming more and more important, and so we must recognize that art and music play and will continue to play a significant role in our children’s education. Check out our great new Digital Arts & Media toolkit! Here is a snippet:

MusicShake Edu. MusicShake is a free digital music creation website. Designed as a user-friendly “No-Brainer Musician Project,” even users who know little or nothing about music can produce their own pieces, including producing their own drum and instrumental parts either from scratch or by selecting preexisting parts from the website’s cache. Can be used for a variety of genres.

ComicMaster. One of the better interactive comic creation websites available through the internet, ComicMaster allows users to choose page layouts, backgrounds, characters, props, and create speech and thought bubbles for characters.

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