What are your plans for National Digital Learning Day on February 1, 2012?

Join us a week before the big day on Teachers Teaching Teachers http://edtechtalk.com/live-ttt in a conversation with some pretty exciting National Writing Project teachers. Watch the LiveStream of our Hangout and participate in the live chat on Wednesday, January 25 at 9:00 PM Eastern / 6:00 PM / World Times http://goo.gl/9XWCQ

+Paul Oh helped us invite this amazing list of guests. They are listed below, along with one thing we've asked them in our conversation about Digital Learning Day.

+Natalie Bernasconi, Central California Writing Project and middle school teacher; presenting the Digital ID wiki http://digital-id.wikispaces.com/Welcome as part of California Digital Learning Day presentations in Sacramento on Feb. 1

+Gail Desler, Area 3 Writing Project and Instructional Technologist in Elk Grove, California; also presenting the Digital ID wiki as part of Digital Learning Day presentations in Sacramento

+Andrea Zellner, Red Cedar Writing Project, doc student at Michigan State University, who is working with Michigan State’s MA in Ed Tech program to “try something new” and document; artifacts from and about the experiences will be found here: http://dlday2012.tumblr.com/

+Leigh Wolf, Program Director for the MA in Ed Tech Program, is coordinating efforts with Andrea; here’s a link to a post at Leigh’s blog http://www.leighgraveswolf.com about Digital Learning Day.

+Tom Fox, Northern California Writing Project & National Writing Project, English Professor at Chico State University, will be presenting digital compositions created by his students at the Digital Learning Day presentations in Sacramento

+Jack Zangerle, Hudson Valley Writing Project, 8th Grade ELA teacher in Dover, NY, doing things for Digital Learning Day in his classroom

+Matt Dunleavy, former Tech Liaison of the Tidewater Writing Project in Virginia, and a professor at Radford University, currently working with Chris Dede from Harvard on an Augmented Reality project called EcoMobile, which will be presented in D.C. on Feb. 1 as part of Digital Learning Day activities there.

What is Digital Learning Day?
Here's part of their answer on http://www.digitallearningday.org :

Digital Learning Day is a culminating event in a year-round national awareness campaign to improve teaching and learning for all children. On Digital Learning Day, we are asking everyone, no matter your comfort with technology–teachers, librarians, school leaders, afterschool programs, community groups, parents–to sign up and be counted in this effort by doing the following:

Start a conversation. At a PTA/PTO meeting, in your school, department, library, or community-based organization, talk about your goals for your students and how digital learning can help meet their needs. Watch the Digital Learning Day National Town Hall http://www.digitallearningday.org/events/ meeting on February 1, 2012 and participate virtually. Watch the daylong webcast http://www.digitallearningday.org/events/ and pass it on to others who care about student learning! Not sure where to start? Check out our Getting Started section (coming soon) and soon you'll be on your way!

Try one new thing. Sample an online lesson, use mobile devices in class, start a wiki, use digital storytelling, start a project-based learning unit, but above all, challenge your teaching, learning, and pedagogy and see what digital technology can do for you and the students you serve! Check out our resources and toolkits http://www.digitallearningday.org/toolkits/ and go digital!

Showcase your success. Submit a video of how you are innovating to give the students you work with the best learning experience possible! Better yet, have your students take the lead and show us how digital learning works for them!

Check out the Awesome Ideas! page http://www.digitallearningday.org/toolkits/teachers/awesome_ideas to see what others are doing to celebrate Digital Learning Day.

Digital Learning Day is not just for schools; learning takes place in many environments, so libraries, community or afterschool programs, and other groups along with parents and students are all invited. Sign up http://www.digitallearningday.org/sign-up/ today, learn more, and join us for a celebration of innovation. Visit the toolkit section to get started!
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