Kentucky, 26 other states to celebrate Digital Learning Day, Feb. 1

From the Alliance for Excellent Education

The Alliance for Excellent Education has announced that more than half of all states have signed up as partners in support of the first-ever national Digital Learning Day, Feb.1. Digital Learning Day is a national awareness campaign designed to celebrate innovative teachers and highlight instructional practices that strengthen teaching and personalize learning for all students.

"I’m excited to see the momentum building for Digital Learning Day," said Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia. "These states have really embraced the issue and are planning exciting celebrations within their own states to support the national discussion about effective applications of technology in education."

On Digital Learning Day, a virtual national town hall meeting will be broadcast live from Washington, DC, and will highlight four to six satellite locations. The town hall meeting boasts support from:

* twenty-five core partners made up of national membership organizations and a broad array of stakeholder groups, including principals, school boards, content area specialists, and instructional technology professionals;

* twenty-seven states that are planning their own statewide celebrations;

* twenty-six instructional technology experts who are developing toolkits and resources to support educators at state, district, school and classroom levels; and

* nationally known companies, such as Intel Corporation, Google, and SMART Technologies.

Currently, the following states are signed up as partners for Digital Learning Day: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

The celebration of Digital Learning Day will be tailored within each participating state. Some activities these states are planning are a proclamation from the state governor, a showcase of student work through digital learning, lesson plan contests for teachers, announcements of digital learning projects, and highlights of promising practices within and among states.

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