Sunday, February 12, 2017


Today, as we move through the 21st century, connectivity has increased, opening many channels that were not available before. Now, adults and students can communicate quickly and effectively through social media, expanding our reach to those around the globe. Global collaboration easily occurs through virtual platforms, as evidenced in the image below.
Photo from India shared at the #INZpirED Twitter chat
this past Friday night.

In addition, digital communities meet regularly and share ideas through tweets and blogs empowering educators and students to expand their own learning paths. The digital world has opened doors to innovative practice, inspiring inquiries, and engaged learning. 
It is in this digital world that ideas move from thought to actions and swell beyond local areas to regions and into global movements. 

On February 20, 2017, #NYEDChat will air at 8 pm EST to celebrate digital learning in preparation for Digital Learning Day 2017 on February 23rd. An invitation to all state chat moderators, parents, and students has been sent out via Twitter and Facebook. Everyone is welcomed to join #NYEDChat, the voice of New York State educators, to celebrate innovative ways that ignite active learning.  

What is Digital Learning? 
The Digital Learning Day site defines it as "any practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student's learning experience." Across the world, education chat leaders and participants explore digital learning as an integrated component of a student's day-an engaging practice that blends technology with content areas. In one-to-one environments, students can easily explore inquiries of choice, create projects based on information gathered, and amplify their voices through digital means. Beyond the school day, adults are provided opportunities to connect with other individuals in asynchronous, high-powered conversations, and professional learning opportunities that would not be accessible without digital means. 

Why was Digital Learning Day started?
The Digital Learning site states that #DLDay started as a way to actively spread innovative practices and ensures that all youth have access to high-quality digital learning opportunities no matter where they live." The short video below from Digital Learning Day 2015 provides a glimpse into the event.

On Twitter, educational chats discuss relevant and timely topics. Join #NYEDChat on February 20th to examine innovative, collaborative, and inspiring digital practices that allow students to become content creators and owners of their learning. Let's bring education leaders, teachers, parents, and students together to celebrate #DLDay with the understanding that it is "not about technology; it's about the learning." 

Tonight, I link with the #DigiLitSunday community of writers under the leadership of Margaret Simon to explore digital learning. 

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