Happy Digital Learning Day! Today marks the 4th annual Digital Learning Day sponsored by the Alliance for Educational Excellence. What is digital learning?
Digital learning is any instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience. It emphasizes high-quality instruction and provides access to challenging content, feedback through formative assessment, opportunities for learning anytime and anywhere, and individualized instruction to ensure all students reach their full potential to succeed in college and a career. – Source
There is a lot of great digital learning happening at MHS on a daily basis! In the past week I have seen Google Classroom being used to facilitate the research process, interactive learning tools being created in Easiteach for use in the classroom, Discovery Education videos shared as homework assignments to support literature being explored in class, and students engaged in a webquests during class time to explore new concepts. In each of these instances, what is most exciting is that the focus has been on learning and not on the technology. Teachers are using tools with students to engage them, differentiate instruction, and facilitate tasks to allow more time for higher order thinking. Digital Learning Day is meant to provide an opportunity for educators to share best practices.
If you have the opportunity today, ask a colleague about how they are using technology in their classroom. Check out the Digital Learning Day site to learn how others around the world are using technology in classrooms. Stop by my office or send me an email to talk about an idea you have, I want to help you turn those ideas into realities . . . every day at MHS can be a digital learning day!