As a parent, you see first hand how students are using technology in all aspects of life, be it Googling a fact from any setting; creating and posting videos; or collaborating with friends on Pinterest. Rapid technological advances have changed the face of society and the economy in recent decades, and it is vital that the education provided to our children keeps pace in this rapidly evolving environment. We all want our children to be qualified for twenty-first-century jobs, and that means that we must work to ensure that they receive a twenty-first-century education.
Sadly, many schools still require students to “power down” during class or fail to leverage technology as effectively as they could for instruction. Looking at some schools across the nation, you can quickly see the ways in which the combination of technology and engaged teachers can transform how children learn; from collaborative tools to online learning platforms, technology often has a profound impact not only on how teachers teach and students learn, but also where and what students learn.
We need your help. There is a growing consensus around the country that common-sense, effective applications of digital learning in the classroom can provide students with a rich, personalized educational experience and dramatically improve student outcomes. It is with this in mind that educators, students, parents, and leaders across the country will be joining together with the Alliance for Excellent Education to celebrate and participate in the third annual Digital Learning Day on Wednesday, February 5, 2014.
We urge you to add your voice to the emerging choir of parents, teachers, administrators, and policymakers who are embracing digital learning in the classroom. With a national event at the Library of Congress and events in all fifty states and the District of Columbia, Digital Learning Day is a great opportunity to use momentum from national and state awareness campaigns to highlight local digital learning efforts to media, community leaders, and local policymakers.
Digital Learning Day is a national celebration of innovation in education, centered on the belief that every child deserves the opportunity to learn in a robust digital environment that supports quality teaching every day. Supported by a powerful grassroots campaign, Digital Learning Day promotes the effective use of technology to improve outcomes and achieve higher college- and career-ready standards for all students. Every child deserves a sound educational foundation, and Digital Learning Day promotes the idea that technology joined with teachers is, and will continue to be, a key part of that foundation.
Five Great Ways to Participate in Digital Learning Day
- Add your voice in support of digital learning in schools.
- Help create a PTA event or showcase at your local school.
- Help plan activities for your child’s class.
- Share your local school’s plans by adding them to the event map.
- Spread the word; invite friends, family, and colleagues to join the movement.