LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) is pleased to announce its participation in the Digital Learning Day campaign. This national campaign is designed to celebrate innovative teaching and highlight practices that make learning more personalized and engaging for students, exploring how digital learning can provide all students with the opportunities they deserve—to build the skills needed to succeed in college, a career, and life. By participating in Digital Learning Day, which is February 6, 2013, Arkansas strives to build momentum for a wave of innovation that changes policies, shifts attitudes, and supports wide-scale adoption of these promising instructional practices.
All education stakeholders—districts, schools, and teachers—are encouraged to register to support and participate in Digital Learning Day.
In support of Digital Learning Day, the ADE will feature districts and schools that are using innovation to make a difference for students in a special Digital Learning Day collection on the Arkansas iTunes U website. Beginning Thursday, November 1, 2012 and continuing through Friday, February 1, 2013, the ADE will begin to collect electronic responses from educators 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?
Educators are strongly encouraged to be creative in their submissions. Teachers can either submit their responses in writing, in a short video clip or a short audio clip. Educators are also encouraged to share websites that have been beneficial or useful to them, as they have moved forward in integrating digital technology into their everyday classroom practices.
All submissions should be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and should include the educator’s name, email address, district, school, content area, grade level and phone number.
The ADE also encourages educators to sign up on the Digital Learning Day website, and receive access to targeted toolkits outlining ideas and ways to plan a Digital Learning Day celebration, as well as updates, informational videos, webinars, and other resources.
While visiting the website, add an activity to the Digital Learning Day Celebration Map. No matter the approach, grade level, subject, geographic location or a teacher’s specific comfort level with using technology, this campaign will challenge education professionals and policymakers at all levels to start a conversation, make a proclamation, improve a lesson, and/or create a plan.
On Digital Learning Day—Wednesday, February 6, 2013—a national town hall meeting will be held to highlight and celebrate participants across the nation. In Arkansas, promising practices in districts, schools, and classrooms across the state will be celebrated with a special commemorative certificate for each appropriate participating educator. The ADE will also track the number of education stakeholders from Arkansas participating in Digital Learning Day.
The campaign is a movement that will help provide a quality education for EVERY child. Change is up to YOU; please help build this wave for innovation, personalized learning, and great teaching by participating in the Digital Learning Day campaign effort.
To learn more about how to be a part of this groundbreaking event, sign up at http://www.digitallearningday.org. Visit the Arkansas Digital Learning Day webpage at http://www.arkansased.org/divisions/research-and-technology/digital-learning-day for additional information.