2014 Digital Learning Day: Tools, Information, and Inspiration
Today’s third annual Digital Learning Day was spearheaded by the Alliance for Excellent Education a Washington, DC–based national policy and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those traditionally underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship. Live events, resources, inspiring blended learning implementation stories, and practical tools were – and still are – available as part of Digital Learning Day.
Thousands of participating schools and districts Digital Learning Day recognizes schools and school districts that use effective applications of education technology to support teachers, improve learning, and help students achieve at their highest potential. Tens of thousands of teachers and millions of students from all fifty states and the District of Columbia participated in thousands of state and local events.
Here are other highlights from the day:
- Thousands of state and local events were held throughout the country on Digital Learning Day, including more than 3,000 local events that educators added to the Digital Learning Day map.
- More than 3,000 people registered for the virtual conference hosted on the INXPO platform (3,326 to be exact!). Of those, nearly 2,000 participated in the virtual conference. The average participant spent 2 hours and 45 minutes in the virtual conference.
- Digital Learning Day was featured on at least 20 local TV stations in 15 different media markets, including Washington, DC; Charlotte; Las Vegas; and Tampa Bay.
- On Digital Learning Day alone, there were a total of 16,581 mentions or references to the #DLDay hashtag on Twitter, reaching 3.85 million individuals.
- More than 100,000 people visited DigitalLearningDay.org since the start of 2014; nearly 17,000 individuals visited the site on February 5 alone.
- Nearly 100 pictures of digital learning in action have already been shared by educators and students showing how they participated in Digital Learning Day.
Panels featuring key policy makers A national showcase streamed live from the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. The showcase Make a Difference with Digital Learning was moderated by Judy Woodruff, coanchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour and featured Acting U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education James H. Shelton III, U.S. Representative George Miller, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, and many others. A second event Digital Learning: The Journey So Far featured policymakers who shared their experiences about making digital learning possible and educators who are using blended learning to empower students and teachers.
Showcase highlights Recurring themes in the 3 hours of discussion included:
- Digital/blended learning is the best way to personalize at scale and meet kids where they are and give them what they need, when they need it.
- Teachers and students need to trust each other, collaborate, and learn together in an evolving digital environment.
- There is deep need for community – not just school or district – involvement to ensure success.
- Schools and communities must have adequate broadband to support digital learning.
- There is a need for high-quality content in every subject area.
- Digital learning needs to be reflect and teach real-life experience and skills.
- Teachers and students need to collaborate and learn together in an evolving digital environment.
- Mobile/BYOD is here to stay and should be leveraged.
- Computers/technology will never replace teachers.
Did your school or district participate in Digital Learning Day? Share you pictures and stories at firstname.lastname@example.org!