Ten years ago, the policy landscape for digital learning was uncertain. Schools and the public did not realize early the potential that the effective use of technology can have to close inequities and personalize instructional opportunities for students.
More recently, Digital Learning Day has become #DLDay—an online celebration where educators share great ideas, amazing stories, and promising practices through social media and within their own schools and communities. Thousands of local events, interactive activities, and lessons mark the importance of innovation in schools and remind district leaders that every day should be a digital learning day in public school classrooms.
That sentiment could not be more powerful today as Digital Learning Day has assumed an entirely new meaning. In response to school closures during spring 2020, many schools and districts were forced to build the digital learning infrastructure necessary to deliver high-quality remote learning and help their teachers and parents pivot quickly to implement research-based digital learning practices into their distance learning plans.
Now, more than ever, digital learning is not confined to a school or classroom. Instead learning is mobile and should be available to students anytime and anywhere. Whether learning happens at home, school, a library, or local coffee shop it must be high-quality, customizable, and equitable for each and every student.
Although current circumstances created by a global pandemic are undesirable, they offer district, school, and classroom leaders an opportunity to transform the policies and daily practices that guide teaching and learning. Through collaborative leadership, educators can redesign the school experience and deliver on the potential digital learning holds for creating a workforce that truly is future ready.
Source: Digital Learning