by Michael Wille
Today is Feb. 1, Digital Learning Day: “a nationwide celebration of innovative teaching and learning through digital media and technology that engages students and provides them with a rich, personalized educational experience.” People across the country are coming together to promote the integration of modern technology both in and outside the classroom. Parents have the opportunity to learn more about new and innovative options for their children. Since students learn in different ways, this public awareness campaign will provide them a path of discovery on what works best for them.
What is Digital Learning? From the website: “Digital learning is any instructional practice that is effectively using technology to strengthen the student learning experience. Digital learning encompasses a wide spectrum of tools and practices, 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.”
With millions of students already benefiting from these programs, elected officials and school board members in Illinois should find courses their districts are currently lacking and if feasible, fill in the gaps for their pupils with a form of digital learning.
In December, the Institute hosted former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise, co-founder of the Alliance for Excellent Education and a leading advocate for digital learning. He highlighted the positive benefits of these new forms of learning for both students and teachers. Later in the month he was interviewed on the topic in Washington, D.C. Listen to that interview here.
Last night, the Institute's Senior Director of Governmental Affairs Collin Hitt was interviewed on the enormous potential of digital learning. Watch below:
The Institute will celebrate Digital Learning Day tomorrow morning with an event featuring Ron Packard, CEO of the online learning company K12, Inc.