February 6, 2013 marks the second annual celebration of Digital Learning Day in Washington, D.C. Digital Learning Day represents a set of activities that occur throughout the year across the United States to increase student engagement and celebrate and empower teachers. Last year nearly 2 million students from 39 states celebrated Digital Learning Day. According to digitallearningday.org, over 20,000 teachers, representing more than 4 million students from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, have registered for Digital Learning Day 2013.
Today’s students are digital natives, meaning learners today grew up with technology all around them. They’re using it to learn in their own ways and they are driving a revolution to bring more technology into the classroom. Districts and educators are adapting and incorporating technology-based solutions, however there are a lot of choices in the learning-technology market, and achievement is different for each individual learner and too important to entrust to unproven solutions. According to a report released from education non-profit organizations Joan Ganz Cooney Center and Sesame Workshop, nearly 80% of children between the ages of 0 and 5 use the Internet on at least a weekly basis in the United States. The report indicated that young children are increasingly consuming all types of digital media, in many cases consuming more than one type at once.
Without technology and online learning programs like Edmentum, schools across the country would not be able to reap the benefits of the flexibility and rigor online solutions provide to students. Heath Wright, Director of Extended Day Programs at Abilene Independent School District, talks about his experience working with Edmentum.
“Our students are experiencing success with Plato Courseware. It is great that we have a program that gives them the flexibility they need to graduate. In creating this program, we wanted to be able to give our students every opportunity and allow them to participate in the different activities to help them get to where they wanted to be both in academics and personal interests.”
Jennifer Camilleri, Principal at Western Avenue Elementary in Flossmore, IL, talks about the success she has experienced with Study Island.
“What’s really great about Study Island is it gets students who are maybe unmotivated in school and gives them a chance to feel successful. They get to use the computer which has become such a big tool now for these kids since we are moving forward with technology. We’ve received tons of emails for kids saying how much they loved their assignments.”
As digital learning continues to expand, we must ensure that schools and districts have the resources and tools available to succeed. Edmentum partners with schools and districts to create an environment focused on digital technology. With more than 50 years of experience driving significant advances in the industry, Edmentum offers a wide variety of innovative solutions spanning a multitude of program areas to empower 21st century teaching and learning. As a 21st century online learning provider, Edmentum celebrates Digital Learning Day’s mission today and throughout the year.