The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 5, 2013

Webcast set for National Digital Learning Day

By Sarah Plummer
Register-Herald Reporter

— Raleigh County Schools will join West Virginia and other states across the nation in promoting Wednesday’s National Digital Learning Day campaign to improve technology-based teaching and learning.

“The use of technology in our classrooms is happening all the time, but Digital Learning Day gives us a reason to stop and recognize how technology influences our learning and how it helps to improve academic achievement,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Jim Phares.

Digital Learning Day, coordinated by The Alliance for Excellent Education and led by former Gov. Bob Wise, encourages the innovative use of technology and digital media, and highlights teaching practices that engage students and provide them with a rich, personalized educational experience.

Nearly 2 million students and 20,000 teachers participated in the inaugural event in 2012, including many in West Virginia, and at least that many are expected to join Wise via webcast this year.

Raleigh has been getting students involved across the county to create a video, which will be unveiled at the 4:30 p.m. board of education meeting Wednesday.

Members of the community are invited to get involved by attending the national Digital Town Hall webcast free online at 1 p.m. Wednesday or by attending the Raleigh County meeting later in the day.

The national webcast will profile teachers, students and schools that are successful in implementing digital learning in innovative ways.

Additionally, the West Virginia Department of Education has created a web page at http:// wvde.state.wv.us/dlday that provides multiple resources educators can use to incorporate digital learning into their schools. Teachers and others have been asked to share their successes on Twitter using the following hashtags, #WV and #DLDAY.

“Digital learning represents a launch pad for enormous educational innovation that will offer all children an excellent education with 21st century skills,” said Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education.

“All school districts, no matter what size or shape, stand to benefit from this teaching and learning technology revolution. That’s why we’re bringing together students, teachers, school leaders and many others to show the best practices in the use of classroom technology and move forward with a national digital learning agenda.”

For more information on National Digital Learning Day or to register to view the free webcast at 1 p.m. Wednesday, visit www. digitallearningday.org/splash.

— E-mail: splummer@register-herald.com