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3 Ways to Celebrate Digital Learning Day in Your Classroom

3 Ways to Celebrate Digital Learning Day in Your Classroom

Classroom technology seems to change and innovate at a rapid pace. At Edmentum, we’re no stranger to innovation in the classroom when it comes to digital curriculum, online learning, and the latest and greatest that edtech has to offer students across the country. We are so lucky to be able to see all the amazing things that educators do in their classrooms with technology. Our goal is to help support integrated technological experiences for students across the nation for all schools and districts. That’s why we love celebrating Digital Learning Day on February 28, a day dedicated to spreading innovative practices and ensuring that everyone has access to high-quality digital learning opportunities, no matter their location. Pretty cool, right?

Started in 2012, Digital Learning Day has provided a powerful venue for education leaders to highlight great teaching practice and showcase innovative teachers, leaders, and instructional technology programs that are improving student outcomes. This grassroots effort blossomed into a massive nationwide celebration as teachers realized that Digital Learning Day promotes the effective use of modern-day tools afforded to every other industry to improve the learning experience in K–12 public schools.

Interested in celebrating Digital Learning Day in your classroom? Here are three fun ways to get involved:

  1. Talk about the importance of Internet safety

Part of navigating our online world is making sure that your students are practicing safe behaviors every time they use the Internet. Take some time on Digital Learning Day to explain the importance of Internet safety to your students. Common Sense has put together some awesome lesson plans for grades K–12 that talk about a variety of subjects like talking safely online, risky online relationships, and more. Also, be sure to decorate your classroom with our handy poster from EducationCity!

  1. Sign a digital citizenship pledge

There’s no better opportunity than Digital Learning Day to sign a digital citizenship pledge with your students. While you’re on the topic of online safety, be sure to explain and discuss with your students why digital citizenship is so important and how it can affect their future college admission decisions, job searches, and more. Common Sense has put together a fantastic digital citizenship pledge and classroom toolkit to get you started.

  1. Evaluate online source credibility

As an educator, you have an important role in helping your students build investigation, evaluation, and critical-thinking skills when it comes to conducting research. The ability to evaluate different types of media and forms of content has even made its way into the Common Core State Standards, as this skill is becoming increasingly important for your students to learn as they transition into adulthood. We’ve gathered a few age-appropriate resources to help you teach your students about how to navigate the different parts of a website, how to find the right site, how to evaluate its credibility, and how to start the conversation about credibility in your classroom.

Technology has had revolutionary impacts on the classroom and daily life in general. Take advantage of this Digital Learning Day not only to celebrate the amazing doors that technology has opened but also to help your students understand the importance of using that technology appropriately. By learning and applying strong digital citizenship skills, we can continue to make meaningful strides forward for everyone!

Looking for more ways to model appropriate online behavior for your students? Here’s a quick guide on how to determine if the sites and apps you use are safe!