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Drawing Attention to Digital Learning

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As part of its push for more "effective technology use to improve education," the Center for Digital Learning and Policy (a division of the advocacy group Alliance for Excellent Education) has declared today Digital Learning Day. The event website offers activities for teachers and students including ideas from news literacy and history projects to multimedia resources to a digital storytelling challenge. A Library of Congress toolkit — highlighting the agency's resources for teachers — is also prominently featured.

Digital and multimedia writing are bound to figure prominently in many classrooms participating in Digital Learning Day. Here are some of our favorite posts on the subject:

Celebrating Writing, Digital and Otherwise — A roundup of evergreen teacher resources on the occasion of the National Day on Writing.

Engaging Students Through Multiple Literacies — One teacher's experience challenging her students to produce critical reactions to "texts" on war and wartime, incorporating six different digital and non-digital media.

Twitter Launches First-Ever Fiction Festival — An international social media writing challenge produced some genre- and format-bending results.

'Hypertext Narrative, Kinetic Poetry': Library of Congress to Highlight Electronic Literature — The Electronic Literature Showcase offered a wealth of ideas and inspiration for writers, programmers, and tinkerers interested in the intersection of technology and art.

From the archives:

Bridging the Digital Divide Is Like Salmon Fishing in the Yemen — On the occasion of Digital Learning Day 2013, blogger Peter DeWitt read a 2011 film as an extended metaphor for how technology is used in K-12 education.

Ed. Experts Critique 'Digital Learning Day'Education Week reporter Ian Quillen analyzed reactions to the inaugural Digital Learning Day, in February 2012.

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