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Seven Ways to Learn on Digital Learning Day

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Update: Organizers called it a “national awareness campaign to improve teaching and learning for all children.” And that’s something we can get behind. We reached out to organizers to find an event in the wired big apple.

Unfortunately, here in New York City, there wasn’t a single event held. The closest event was across the river in New Jersey. Here’s hoping next year, somewhere among the roughly 1,700 schools, the campaign will reach kids here. 

Today, February 1, is Digital Learning Day, and really it’s a good excuse to explore the way technology has changed education. We offer up some ideas from interactive chem labs to a virtual field trip.

At 1 P.M. ET Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education will hold a town hall on a webinar at the Digital Learning Day website.

Check out #dlday for all the chatter. Just looking for some fun ways to learn?

  1. Go mix some chemicals and put them over a bunsen burner at Late Nite Labs, demo the Bio lab. They tell us a new version of the Chem lab is forthcoming.
  2. Visit Florence, Italy’s Museo Galileo online. Excellent virtual tour includes 3d tour and extensive list of objects like “Surgical Instruments for Operations on the Skull” from the second half of the 18th century. Be very thankful they’re not operating on your head with these things that look like bike tools.
  3. If you haven’t already tried Codecademy, now’s the time to see what all the clamor is all about. Start by typing your name and you’re off.
  4. Learn about a $330 million project that includes 45 states to revolutionize student assessment.
  5. Take a lesson with Sal’s Khan Academy about the evils of SOPA/PIPA:

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  6. Join the webcasts being held and replayed at DigitalLearningDay — some highlights:
    • Dr. Robert Goodman, New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning with descriptions of how they have used technology to innovatively reframe K-12 mathematics  and HS science curricula with great results.
    • Project-based science learning or low-income elementary students in Jason Pittman’s class at Hollin Meadows cience and Math Focus School in Virginia.
  7. Reflect on how far education has evolved over 40 years with New York Times coverage of edtech.


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