From the Alliance for Excellent Education:
On Wednesday, February 1, 2012, thirty-seven states, 10,000 teachers, and more than 1.5 million students will participate in the first-ever national Digital Learning Day, a national awareness campaign spearheaded by the Alliance for Excellent Education celebrating innovative teachers and highlighting instructional practices that strengthen teaching and personalize learning for all students.
This email summarizes how you can participate in the various events during Digital Learning Day, which include:
- 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (ET): Morning Webcast
- 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (ET): National Town Hall featuring U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski
- 3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (ET): Replay of Morning Webcast
Additional details on each session appear below.
Morning Webcast: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (ET)
An extensive, in-depth webcast demonstrating how digital learning is already being used in classrooms around the country will be available to view from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (ET). During the webcast, educators will share innovative approaches designed to ensure that students graduate from high school, prepared for college and a career. A live chat feature will allow individuals who are interested in learning more about digital learning to engage in an online, real-time conversation with leaders in education technology.
The webcast and live chat will be accessible at http://www.DigitalLearningDay.org. An abbreviated schedule for the webcast appears below. The complete programming schedule for the morning webcast, including a list of featured speakers, schools, and sites, is available at http://www.digitallearningday.org/events/national-events/dldwebcast.
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (ET): Leadership and Innovation
Bailey Mitchell, chief technology and information officer at Forsyth County School District (GA) and Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, will moderate this session featuring district and school leaders who will discuss the importance of vision, leadership, and stakeholder ownership to ensure buy-in at the community, district, school, and classroom levels.
10:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. (ET): Instructional Strategies
In this session led by Esther Wojcicki, a journalism teacher at Palo Alto High School (CA) and member of the Alliance for Excellent Education board of directors, and Gov. Bob Wise, educators will explore how digital learning and technology can provide opportunities for teachers to apply evidence-based pedagogical practices that support effective teaching and learning.
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (ET): Effective Teaching and Professional Learning Opportunities
Led by Barbara Treacy, director of EdTech Leaders Online, and Gov. Bob Wise, this session will feature national, state, and district leaders and educators discussing teacher preparation and on-going, job-embedded learning opportunities that can provide teachers with the instructional strategies and pedagogy, as well as planning time, to maximize the potential of applying technology in the classroom.
National Town Hall: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (ET)
The marquee event for Digital Learning Day is the virtual National Town Hall, which will feature a joint announcement and roundtable discussion with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski.
Additional participants include Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, and Leon Harris, Emmy Award–winning journalist and news anchor for ABC7/WJLA-TV (Washington, DC) and former coanchor of CNN Live Today, who will moderate the event.
Live via Skype, the town hall will broadcast teachers, students, and leaders on the ground at Englewood Schools in Colorado; Mooresville Graded School District in North Carolina; Klein Independent School District in Houston, Texas; and New Tech West High School in Cleveland, Ohio.
Featured teachers will include Kristin Kipp, English teacher at Jeffco 21st Century Virtual Academy in Colorado and the 2011 iNACOL/SREB National Online Teacher of the Year; and Joseph Isaac,biotechnology teacher at McKinley Technology High School in Washington, DC.
The town hall will conclude with a special focus on the Reconnecting McDowell project in West Virginia, which is a comprehensive, long-term effort to make educational improvement in McDowell County the route to a brighter economic future. That segment will feature Jim Brown, superintendent of McDowell County Schools, Gayle Manchin, vice president of the West Virginia State Board of Education, and Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers.
The National Town Hall will also include a live chat moderated by Alliance staff members and education technology experts.
Register to watch the National Town Hall and participate in the live chat at http://digitallearningday.eventbrite.com/.
Replay of Morning Session: 3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (ET)
Being cognizant of the schedules of teachers and individuals living on the West Coast, the Alliance will re-air the morning session from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (ET).
Although the video content will be the same, the Alliance will conduct an entirely different live chat for the afternoon session to allow individuals who are interested in learning more about digital learning to engage in an online, real-time conversation with leaders in education technology.
The webcast and live chat will be accessible at http://www.DigitalLearningDay.org. An abbreviated schedule for the webcast appears below. The complete programming schedule for the webcast, including a list of featured speakers, schools, and sites, is available at http://www.digitallearningday.org/events/national-events/dldwebcast.