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What's Digital Learning Day?

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 3:28 PM

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Happy Digital Learning Day.

Digital Learning Day, organized by the Alliance for Excellent Education, promotes the use of technology in schools.

Is that a good thing? Our colleagues at StateImpact Florida explain:

Advocates argue access and customization are the biggest advantages to digital instruction. Students often find digital instruction more engaging — pull out those smart phones and Wi-Fi enabled iPods, students — and the materials can be more interactive and easily updated.

Critics argue there’s often no evidence that digital instruction is more effective, and school districts may be wasting money on ineffective, shiny gizmos. Education business analyst Lee Wilson argues digital textbooks on the iPad can cost more than five times as much as a traditional textbook and require additional management and training for effective use.

Schools across Ohio are participating in digital learning.

There are the more than 30,000 students attending online schools.

There are schools across Ohio -- including the Medina, New Albany-Plain, Streetsboro and other districts -- teaching in blended learning classes that combine teacher-led instruction with online educaiton.

There are public school districts launching online schools of their own.

And there are many teachers using technology in their classrooms to teach reading, math, science, social studies--and inspire students.

Follow the Digital Learning day chat on Twitter with the hashtag #DLDay to find links to digital learning resources and learn from teachers, parents and students across the country.

Follow along with an Ohio-centric educational technology chat under the #OETChat hashtag at 8 p.m. tonight.

Or join a chat about New Lexington High School Principal Robert Dodd for a chat about 1 digital device: 1 student classrooms, and online learning under the #NLHSDigital hashtag at 4 p.m. today.

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