GOOD

'Digital Learning Day' Aims to Bring a Tech Revolution to the Classroom

The campaign wants to help schools and teachers plug in to technology.


From iPads to one-to-one laptop programs, school districts across the nation are increasingly looking to technology to boost student achievement. But if educators aren't well-trained on how to effectively incorporate hardware and software into the classroom, the technology can't produce results. A new campaign called Digital Learning Day, which takes place on February 1, is aiming spearhead a tech revolution in schools.

Launched by the Alliance for Excellent Education, a Washington D.C.-based education advocacy organization, Digital Learning Day is part of Digital Learning Now, an ongoing effort to build a digital movement connecting teachers to high-quality tools and resources. The group's president, former West Virginia governor Bob Wise, says that although technology has improved modern life in numerous ways, teaching and learning "remains largely untouched by the power of technology." Wise hopes teachers, librarians, school and district administrators, community groups, and parents will sign up to participate in Digital Learning Day.


The campaign offers some helpful suggestions on how to plug in. Schools that are new to digital learning can get their feet wet by hosting a community conversation about how to help meet students' needs. Campuses are already using digital learning techniques can challenge themselves with something new, like starting a wiki, incorporating digital storytelling, or trying out an online lesson. Educators who excel at using technology are encouraged to submit videos showing their successes.

To help participants to build their digital learning skills, the campaign has developed toolkits that include examples of project-based learning, collaboration opportunities, lesson portals, and innovative ideas. Twenty-eight states and dozens of individual school districts and campuses already have signed up to participate.

Photo via (cc) Flickr user flickingerbrad

Articles
via Barry Schapiro / Twitter

The phrase "stay in your lane" is usually lobbed at celebrities who talk about politics on Twitter by people who disagree with them. People in the sports world will often get a "stick to sports" when they try to have an opinion that lies outside of the field of play.

Keep Reading
Culture

The Free the Nipple movement is trying to remove the stigma on women's breasts by making it culturally acceptable and legal for women to go topless in public. But it turns out, Free the Nipple might be fighting on the wrong front and should be focusing on freeing the nipple in a place you'd never expect. Your own home.

A woman in Utah is facing criminal charges for not wearing a shirt in her house, with prosecutors arguing that women's chests are culturally considered lewd.

Keep Reading

In August, the Recording Academy hired their first female CEO, Deborah Dugan. Ten days before the Grammys, Dugan was placed on administrative leave for misconduct allegations after a female employee said Dugan was "abusive" and created a "toxic and intolerable" work environment. However, Dugan says she was actually removed from her position for complaining to human resources about sexual harassment, pay disparities, and conflicts of interest in the award show's nomination process.

Just five days before the Grammys, Dugan filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and her claims are many. Dugan says she was paid less than former CEO Neil Portnow. In 2018, Portnow received criticism for saying women need to "step up" when only two female acts won Grammys. Portnow decided to not renew his contract shortly after. Dugan says she was also asked to hire Portnow as a consultant for $750,000 a year, which she refused to do.

Keep Reading