This year, the Alliance for Excellent Education is pleased to host Digital Learning Day Live! as part of the Teaching and Learning Conference. Conference attendees will also have the option to participate in a series of interactive workshops on how to use technology as part of an effective personalized learning strategy. The full schedule of Digital Learning Day events will take place on Friday, March 13, 2015.
If you have already registered for T&L2015 and received your 5 letter code, you may Click here to register for DLD now! No further payment will be required.
8:30 – 9:45 a.m.: Interactive Product Demonstrations
Register to join the official kick-off of Digital Learning Day at the Teaching & Learning Conference! Registered attendees will start the morning with hands-on, interactive demonstrations of new and emerging digital classroom tools.
Attendees will rotate through multiple stations while learning about fun ways to leverage technology in the classroom and incorporate ordinary materials into digital learning lessons. Conference attendees will also enjoy free products and raffle prizes!
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Future Ready Schools Workshops
The Future Ready Schools Initiative is a bold new effort to maximize digital learning opportunities nationwide and help school districts move quickly toward preparing students for success in college, a career, and citizenship. The initiative provides districts with resources and support to ensure that local technology and digital learning plans align with instructional best practices, are implemented by highly trained teachers, and lead to personalized learning experiences for all students, particularly those who are traditionally underserved.
At the center of the Future Ready Schools Initiative is a series of regional summits during which district teams develop action plans and metrics to measure their progress in using digital tools to improve teaching and student learning outcomes. The regional summits focus on a comprehensive set of issues that drive student learning, highlight experiences of districts in each region, and offer district leaders tangible ways to build capacity among their teams and throughout their districts.
As a compliment to the regional summits for district leaders, the Future Ready Schools workshops on Digital Learning Day will explore the role of teacher leaders in supporting their school’s transition. Advance registration is required for the following workshops (click on the link to learn more).
1:00 – 2:15 p.m.: Digital Learning Day Live!
Digital Learning Day Live! is the culminating event of thousands of Digital Learning Day celebrations that will take place across the country in classrooms, schools, districts, and states on March 13, 2015. The live event will feature education leaders from schools and districts across the country that demonstrate how great teaching, combined with effective technology, can positively impact America’s schools—particularly those that serve high-risk and high-poverty populations.
All conference attendees are invited to participate in Digital Learning Day Live! to learn about some of the nation’s most promising digital learning initiatives and engage in a thought-provoking discussion about what it takes to integrate technology effectively, strategically, and meaningfully in schools.
2:30 – 3:45 p.m.: World Premier: School Sleuth: The Case of the Wired Classroom
Conference attendees are invited to attend the world premiere of “School Sleuth: The Case of the Wired Classroom,” a new film produced by Learning Matters, leaders in education reporting for over 40 years. This lively and entertaining film noir parody explores fears, expectations and the reality of how technology is (and isn’t) being used in America’s classrooms. To solve this case, the School Sleuth visited schools and teachers in California, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Oregon, New York, New Jersey and elsewhere to uncover the truth.
While technology and the internet changed the rest of our world a long time ago, schools have lagged behind. Now, federal and state government are spending billions to get our schools and classrooms up to speed, and teachers everywhere are wrestling with this new challenge. Equal access to technology is important, but—as the film makes clear–what happens next, once access is achieved, is critical. When this powerful technology is harnessed to simply produce higher test scores, its vast potential is lost, and those students are denied opportunities to dig deep, raise questions and find answers, and have real control over their own learning.
The School Sleuth, who moonlights as Education Correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, received the George Foster Peabody award in 2000 for solving “The Case of An Excellent School.” The new film includes cameo appearances by a number of instantly recognizable celebrities.
Before registering for DLD, you MUST register for the conference. Your registration confirmation email will contain a 5 letter code (ex: ABCDE) that you will use for DLD (and Pre-Conference Workshop) registration. No further payment will be required.