So this Wednesday February 1, 2012 marks the first ever nationally recognized Digital Learning Day! The first time I heard about this I thought, Of course…, surprised it hadn’t existed before this year. So what is it, exactly? Digital Learning Day is the culmination of a year-long national awareness campaign to encourage innovative teaching and learning through digital media and technology that engages students and provides them with a rich, personalized learning experience. Digital learning is defined as:
“…any instructional practice that is effectively using technology to strengthen the student learning experience. Digital learning encompasses a wide spectrum of tools and practice, including using online and formative assessment, increasing focus and quality of teaching resources and time, online content and courses, applications of technology in the classroom and school building, adaptive software for students with special needs, learning platforms, participating in professional communities of practice, providing access to high level and challenging content and instruction, and many other advancements technology provides to teaching and learning.”
You can recognize Digital Learning Day in a number of ways by simply trying one new thing with technology. It could be using a feature in Finalsite that you’ve never tried, like uploading a resource file, facilitating a class blog or discussion board, or conducting an online quiz. Or it could mean “flipping” your class with online instructional videos to teach a new concept–something I previously blogged about here, and something teachers right here in Madison are already trying with great success.
The official Digital Learning Day website has excellent resources and toolkits to help teachers get started. And, of course, I am always willing to help see your vision through. Don’t forget that you have great resources in your building, too, whether it’s the library media specialists, computer lab paras, or your colleagues who tend to be quick to embrace technology as a teaching tool. So start talking to each other and leave a comment below about what you might do to celebrate digital learning.