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Digital Learning Day 2013: Why Should I Participate? January 23, 2013

Posted by Jen Habley in Check this out!.
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By Robyn Young, School Librarian, Avon High School, Indiana

As school librarians, we know that digital learning takes place every day in our libraries.  We use online databases for research, create pathfinders for our classes, video edit, use social media and a multitude of other concepts.  So why should we participate in the national Digital Learning Day on February 6, 2013 if we are already doing all of this?  For that reason exactly…if you are already doing it, why not share what you are doing in your library with others so that they know the great things that are going on within your walls?

Since this is a national day of learning, it is extremely easy to participate.  Go to http://digitallearningday.org and click on Get Started Now.  This will take you to a page where you can sign up to officially participate.  There are two parts to this:

  1. Sign up to be registered as a Digital Learning Day subscriber by clicking on the Participate tab. Just enter your contact information and you will start receiving tips that will be useful for you to use with students or teachers.
  2. Go to the National Events page and register to watch the Digital Town Hall event that will occur in Washington, D.C. from 8:30-3:30. You don’t have to participate in the whole day, just have it running and you can take a look or participate when you have a chance.  Last year, I invited teachers in on their prep time or lunch to watch it with me on a large screen.

Other things to look for on the website:

  1. I really like the page that tells you how to Spread the Word.  It contains links to videos that you can share with staff members, buttons you can put on your website, parent letters that you can send home, and a video from Governor Bob Wise that explains all you need to know about Digital Learning Day.
  2. The Toolkits page provides lesson plans and ideas that you can use to incorporate into your classroom on Digital Learning Day or any day.

DLDayFinally, follow DLD on Twitter (#DLDay) and Facebook.  Digital Learning Day is easy to participate in, useful in spreading the word about what you are already doing, and a great way to find new resources that might be helpful to your teaching.  What new resources will you be using with your students and teachers on February 6, 2013? Share your ideas in the comments below!

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