CWP’s Digital Learning Day and Beyond is an opportunity to celebrate great digital teaching, foster digital writing and literacy, encourage more personalized and relevant learning, and provide access for students to powerful technology-mediated educational experiences. Visit the links below for information about celebrating, participating, and staying involved at the California/CWP and at the national level. For a Digital Learning Day and Beyond overview to share with colleagues, download here.
From January 21 – May 31, 2013, the California Writing Project (CWP) will coordinate the Digital Learning Day and Beyond initiative, which is comprised of three components:
- Upstanders, Not Bystanders: A Digital Call to Write and Call to Action invites teachers and students, K through university, to write digital genres about historic, public, or personal upstanders. Through podcasts, videos, blogs, Voice Threads, Glogsters, and more, students will describe how this person is an upstander and explain why their upstander serves as a call to action. Educators will work with CWP and Common Sense Media to showcase students’ digital writing on a variety of public forums. Follow the link above for more information and resources for how you and your students can participate.
Be sure to link here to sign up and share your Upstanders, Not Bystanders
plans for writing and going public.
plans for writing and going public.
- Teaching the New Writing and Reading, provides educators a conference day, co-sponsored by CATE, and regional follow-up programs, sponsored by CWP regional sites, that focus on digital teaching, writing, and learning strategies that support the Common Core State Standards and foster readiness for college and career writing. Follow the link above for program and registration information about the conference.
- California Digital Citizenship Month — May 2013, co-sponsored by Common Sense Media, will celebrate student writing produced from January-May and also bring students, educators, and parents together to learn strategies for being responsible, thoughtful digital citizens and upstanders in the face of cyberbullying.
- Connect with your CWP regional site to see what leaders there are planning in support of Upstanders, Not Bystanders and Digital Citizenship Month. Link here for their websites.
- Plan for ways to involve your students, school, or community in Digital Citizenship Month and look for announcements, beginning in February, for more resources and support from Common Sense Media and CWP.
- Link to CWP's Digital Writing and Learning page to find CWP and regional site programs and strategies designed to support and sustain digital writing, teaching, and learning.
Sponsored by the Alliance of Excellent Education, Digital Learning Day on February 6, 2013, is a national celebration of teachers that shines a spotlight on successful instructional technology practices in classrooms across the country.
Specific Ways to Participate
1. Sign-up and Register here: http://www.digitallearningday.org/registration/
Not only will you help put California’s educators on the map as involved and interested, you’ll receive daily tips, blogs, and innovative ideas on how to participate in this national campaign.
2. To see all the ways you can participate in national events and opportunities, link here: http://www.digitallearningday.org/participate/
Be sure to explore the wealth of instructional resources and toolkits developed by the Alliance for Excellent Education and its partners and revisit these links often to sustain your learning and participation beyond February 6. http://www.digitallearningday.org/learn-and-explore/digital-learning-tools/
3. Carve out time now to connect to the national DLD events on February 6, 2013 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
Link here to see the schedule of events: http://www.digitallearningday.org/news-and-events/events/national-events/
Especially make time for the Digital Learning Day Digital Town Hall on February 6, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (ET). The Digital Town Hall will focus on how great teaching, combined with effective technology, makes a positive impact on improving America’s schools, particularly those that serve high-risk and high-poverty populations. It will profile teachers, students, schools, and districts that are implementing digital learning in innovative and successful ways, including:
Cajon Valley Union School District (El Cajon, CA) and Teacher Consultants from the San Diego Area Writing Project.
National Events will be webcast and archived on the DLD website so that those of us in California will not miss out.
4. Share resources and start discussions about digital teaching and learning and about the complexities of access and support for California’s students. Consider starting with these publications and web resources:
Stepping Up Report: http://www.all4ed.org/files/SteppingUp.pdf
Clickable Infographic: http://www.all4ed.org/criticalchallenges
See all the Alliance’s digital learning webpages: http://www.all4ed.org/digitallearning
For a Digital Learning Day and Beyond overview to share with colleagues, download here: