Tools for Digital Learning

Communicator
February 2013, Volume 36, Issue 6

On February 6, 2013, Digital Learning Day brought thousands of educators together to celebrate innovative uses of technology in classrooms across the country. Keep digital learning alive all year long with these free tools and resources.

Articles: Browse Principal magazine’s archives for useful articles on integrating technology in the classroom. The January/February 2012 issue focused on technology, featuring articles such as “Building Social Media Connections.” The magazine’s Innovation department is specifically dedicated to showcasing new technologies that principals can use at their schools. Check out:

Jerry Overmyer provides a run-down of what flipped classrooms are and how educators can implement them in their schools.

Principal Dan Breiman explains the success of game-based learning at his school.

Tookits and Lesson Plans: The Digital Learning Day website offers a whole host of online resources for educators seeking to enhance instruction through technology, including subject-specific toolkits for teachers:

Teachers can also find detailed lesson plans for their classrooms. Many lessons include video introductions and supplemental materials, and range from teaching Newton’s Laws using digital tools to teaching students to use blogs to write book reviews.

Webinars: The Alliance for Excellent Education provides a series of webinars on digital learning. Access archived webinars on topics such as using digital strategies to technology in rural schools. Check out the Alliance’s upcoming events page to register for future webinars, including one on February 28 on technology and infrastructure.

Blogs: Digital Learning Day has compiled a round-up of the latest blog posts on education technology. Posts explore topics from internet safety to cell phones in the classroom to technology integration.

With these accessible tools, it’s easier than ever for schools to explore new frontiers in education technology and make every day a digital learning day.

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