The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

January 30, 2013

Gettin’ digital

Keeping schools up with technology keeps students interested, engaged

— Ask someone who graduated in the 1970s, what is a notebook?

They’ll describe a product that features about 100 pieces of lined paper, bound by a wire that twists around the pages to keep them intact.

Then ask someone who is due to graduate in the current decade, and they’ll likely say, “you know, a notebook, a laptop computer.”

And so it goes. Just as technology has transformed our ways of doing just about everything, the ways of learning in school are evolving at a rapid pace, as well.

As is the very definition of once-common classroom essentials.

In fact, education leaders believe that unless you engage students with the latest gadgets in technology, students just may not be interested at all.

Raleigh County Schools invites students, teachers, schools, parents, administrators and the community to get digital on Feb. 6 as they participate in National Digital Learning Day.

For a generation that is growing up with access to the Internet on their smartphones and can utilize “Google” to gain instant information on an endless variety of topics, it’s time to make sure classrooms are up to speed.

So our future generations don’t get left behind.

Raleigh County Schools Superintendent Jim Brown said recently, “The whole concept is about engaging students and providing them with a rich and personalized education experience using technology. Any instructional practice that uses technology strengthens student learning.”

Across the nation, 2 million students, 20,000 teachers, 25 national member organizations and 39 states and the District of Columbia are expected to participate in Digital Learning Day via the live webcast.

Anyone can sign up to view the live webcast from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 6. During the webcast, education experts will discuss the future of digital learning as well as highlight some of the progressive uses of technology in individual schools across the nation.

It’s time to get up to speed in the classroom.

Because there’s no better investment for our future generations than a sound education.

For more information on Digital Learning Day or to register to view the free webcast on Feb. 6 at 1 p.m., visit