Happy Digital Learning Day!
National Digital Learning Day Celebration At The Newseum in Washington, DC
The Alliance for Excellent Education hosted a full day of activities where more than 100 teachers participated in hands-on instructional demonstrations, activities at the Newseum, and a Digital Town Hall showcasing promising practices in digital learning from across the country.
9:30 a.m. Instructional Strategies for Digital Learning
This session is geared toward educators and others wanting to learn more about specific instructional strategies and approaches with digital learning. Topics include problem-based learning; flipping the classroom; mobile learning; online tools to support blended and face-to-face instruction; and formative and alternative assessment (e-portfolios). Educators will introduce these instructional strategies, model the approaches, and provide tools and resources to support the instructional strategies. These instructional strategies will be conducted live at the Newseum and recorded for future access.
10:00 a.m. Digital Learning: Lessons in Action
This session will include interactive content demonstrations on specific instructional strategies utilizing digital learning. Educators will present the lessons live at the Newseum and participants will interact with and implement a portion of the lesson. For educators who participate virtually, introductory videos and detailed lesson plans will be provided before Digital Learning Day. The demonstrations will include an interactive component through online communities of practice, live chat options, and/or social media to ensure that teachers and students will have the opportunity to collaborate on the lessons in real time on Digital Learning Day.
The digital learning content demonstrations will be conducted in four areas: math, science, language arts, and civics/social studies; critical areas, such as working with ELL or special education students, will be woven into the lessons. Lessons will incorporate multiple strategies with digital learning, such as collaboration, personalized learning, project-based learning, flipping the classroom, virtual access to experts, e-portfolios, bring your own device (BYOD), simulations, and real-time assessments.
11:45 a.m. Networking Break and Educator Luncheon
The networking luncheon will be set up outside the Knight Studio at the Newseum and will offer VIPs and selected teachers the opportunity to network and chat. There will also be a “reflections” area where video will be captured about general aspirations for digital learning and impressions of the morning demonstrations.
1:00 p.m. Digital Town Hall
The Digital Town Hall will celebrate the great work and potential for digital learning happening around the country in a range of districts and schools to ensure that students can graduate from high school prepared for college and a career. The event will be streamed live around the world, building upon the nearly 40,000 sites that tuned in last year. Through online communities, such as epic-ed and social networking sites, virtual and in-person participants can participate in discussions throughout the day. High-profile dignitaries will be showcased as well as three exceptional examples of schools or districts making the successful transition to digital learning. Polling with mobile devices will be used to capture impressions across the United States and “clickers” in the audience to add interaction to the event. Educators joining the Alliance will watch the Digital Town Hall live in the Newseum’s auditorium. Register to watch the Digital Town Hall live!
2:30 p.m. Networking Break
National policy leaders and dignitaries will be present while video cameras capture reactions to the Digital Town Hall.
3:00 p.m. Special Newseum Tour
A Newseum educator will give an overview of online and onsite resources and offerings. Participants can then take a self-guided tour of the Newseum to explore the fifteen galleries, fifteen theaters (including a 4D immersive experience), and primary source materials from five centuries of news history. Newseum associates will be available to answer questions and make connections along the way.
*All times are ET.