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What did you do on Digital Learning Day?

| March 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

The US has declared each 6 February national Digital Learning Day (DLD) to encourage school administrators and teachers to integrate technology into classes in meaningful ways. Justin Reich, who blogs at EDTechResearcher on, posed the following questions that apply to teachers everywhere on DLD:

  • Is your school using technology to gain efficiencies in old practices, or to do things that are truly different?
  • Does your school teach students how to create a digital footprint to be proud of?
  • Do your assessment rubrics for online projects evaluate students’ ability to use digital technology to enhance their understanding?
  • To what extent is your school measuring the impact of your technology investments?
  • Could you prove to your stakeholders (parents, school boards) that the vast sums invested in technology are making a difference in student learning?
  • Does your school have a coherent vision that defines high quality learning? Is your technology plan specifically designed to serve that vision?
  • How does your school prepare students for a world where the vast majority of learning takes place outside of school?

Reich also suggested that many so-called innovations in education technology “either have no meaningful impact on teacher practice or disproportionately benefit the affluent”, and urged curriculum planners and researchers to focus on how typical technologies are used in typical school settings and to create research agenda that “translate research findings into meaningful, actionable advice for practitioners”.

Around the US, schools embraced the second annual DLD, with many using only a digital curriculum the entire day. At Capitol High School in Charleston, Kanawha County in West Virginia, for example, students designed digital games based on science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education, as part of the government’s National STEM Video Game Challenge, a component of the Educate to Innovate Campaign.

Category: Autumn 2013, e-Education

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