Technology in the classroom is changing how students learn and teachers teach. Digital Learning Day started in 2012 with the goal of recognizing teaching leaders for their practices in the classroom resulting in better learning environments for students. This year, the global event will be celebrated on February 23.Connecting students with the most up-to-date information and empowering teachers to present content in new ways has resulted in today’s K-12 classroom being more innovative and engaging than ever. When Digital Learning Day began, not all schools had access to technologies and hardware required to help students succeed on the same level as their peers across the country. By the end of 2016, most schools had access to high speed internet and the computers needed to allow students to learn digitally. The results are more engaged students, peers interacting in the classroom and across borders and teachers making use of these resources enhancing their own skills.
The Digital Learning Day experience celebrates learning and how the use of digital content is enhancing the teacher’s role in the classroom. Instead of the multi-volume encyclopedia, teachers can promote more innovative methods of gathering information. Whether it’s an online encyclopedia, videos or custom course materials, teachers have more teaching resources for their students.
Teachers are not being replaced by computers, instead computers giving teachers more tools to teach students, and the students need the technology to grow. Today’s K-12 student has technology in all facets of their life; parents on smartphones, touch screens at the fast food restaurant and family members socializing and connecting via computers and tablets. As such, students learning how to use these same tools to learn changes the experience in the classroom.
Digital Learning Day promotes opportunities for students to reach their full potential through the use of digital tools increasing their odds of career success and teachers are recognized for using these tools to design an engaging curriculum. Digital Learning Day also highlights how the same technology offers opportunities for teachers: enhancing productivity, providing professional growth and setting the stage for more personalized learning experiences for students.
Having access to technology in the classroom encourages student collaboration and brings a new level of excitement to learning. With the latest information available on tools students enjoy using, learning is less of a chore and more of an experience. The teacher is no longer driving a lecture. They are advising and coaching their students through the learning process, inspiring innovation from their students.
Schools around the world now take part in Digital Learning Day with thousands of workshops, presentations and demonstrations. Adding an event to the 2017 calendar is just a few clicks away. The event can be followed on Twitter with the latest information, recaps from prior five years and examples of what other schools have done.
Celebrate education and student learning this February 23 with Digital Learning Day.