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Girl with TabletAll across the country, schools are undergoing a revolution in teaching and learning with the help of digital technology. As educators re-imagine school in exciting new ways, Digital Learning Day provides an opportunity to collaborate with peers, share ideas, try new digital tools, and celebrate education innovation.

From virtual student debates to a digital project showcase, local Digital Learning Day events are as diverse and unique as the students that participate. Thousands of classrooms, community centers, school districts and even states get involved in the day by hosting events and activities that highlight or encourage new ways of using technology for learning.

What is digital learning? 

Digital learning is any instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience and:

  • emphasizes high-quality instruction,
  • provides access to challenging content,
  • allows feedback through formative assessment,
  • provides opportunities for learning anytime and anywhere, and
  • offers individualized instruction to ensure all students reach their full potential.

Digital learning encompasses many different facets, tools, and applications to support and empower teachers and students, including online courses, blended or hybrid learning, or digital content and resources. Additionally, digital learning can be used for professional learning opportunities for teachers and to provide personalized learning experiences for students.

Digital learning advances school reform by increasing equity and access to educational opportunities, improving effectiveness and productivity of teachers and administrators, providing student-centered learning to ensure college and career readiness for all students, and recognizing teachers as education designers.

Why should teachers celebrate Digital Learning Day? 

In some classrooms and afterschool programs across the country, educators are doing some pretty amazing things with technology! Yet, these pockets of innovation are confined to a small number of schools and communities. Digital Learning Day was started as a way to actively spread innovative practices and ensure that all youth have access to high-quality digital learning opportunities no matter where they live.

Started in 2012, Digital Learning Day has provided a powerful venue for education leaders to highlight great teaching practice and showcase innovative teachers, leaders, and instructional technology programs that are improving student outcomes. This grassroots effort blossomed into a massive nationwide celebration as teachers realized that Digital Learning Day is not about technology, it’s about learning. it’s about enhancing the role of the teacher in America’s classrooms. Digital Learning Day promotes the effective use of modern day tools afforded to every other industry to improve the learning experience in K-12 public schools

Teachers can create… and win!

Create and share your very own collection of digital learning resources and lessons, and you could win an Apple Watch!

In order to qualify, participants must sign up for a free account with Participate Learning. Once logged in, create a collection by:

  • Adding a New Resource: Paste in any URL addressable resource including a website, iOS/Android/Chrome application, Open Educational Resource, video or cloud-based file.
  • Searching Existing Resources: Keyword-based search of the thousands of Participate Learning expert-vetted and community submitted resources and collections. Add resources – or entire collections – to your own collection.
  • Uploading a File: Upload any document, lesson plan or file stored on your computer.
  • Inviting Collaborators: Invite others to contribute resources to your collection.  

Need some inspiration? Browse activities and ideas

Digital Learning Day has partnered with Participate Learning to offer new resources and classroom activity ideas. Participate Learning is a free collection and collaboration platform that lets teachers quickly find, collect, and share digital resources.

For more information, visit Digital Learning Day.

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