What's Up for Digital Learning Day?
Many of you have no doubt already informed yourself about your state's plans ahead of Wednesday's inaugural Digital Learning Day, an observance launched by the Alliance for Excellent Education, one of two education advocacy groups behind the Digital Learning Now initiative.
But if you'd like more information about what's going on either in your backyard or around the country, check out the state events page on the Digital Learning Day website. Several states are using webcasts to showcase best practices for digital learning from within their borders, and a few are kicking off larger initiatives.
You can also register for the webcast of a national town hall meeting in observance of the day, beginning at 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday afternoon. The event will feature U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, American Federation of Teachers chief Randi Weingarten, and National Online Teacher of the Year Kristin Kipp, among others. And we'll be sure to follow up with coverage of some of the day's bigger news.
The Alliance for Excellent Education is headed by former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise, a Democrat, who fused a bi-partisan coalition former Florida Republican Gov. Jeb Bush's Foundation for Excellence in Education to launch Digital Learning Now in late 2010. The effort aims to push states into policy reforms that increase access to digital learning opportunities.