The Bedford City School District will participate in the first-ever Digital Learning Day campaign February 1, 2012. On Digital Learning Day, every teacher in the Bedford City Schools is being urged to try something new in the classroom, as it relates to digital learning. Technology has been in the classroom for a long time, so this national campaign will also give Bedford teachers the opportunity to share with each other, and the community, the unique and creative technologies that they have successfully used in the past.

“It was important for our district to participate in the first national Digital Learning Day to show the community how crucial the use of technology is in our teaching practices at all grade levels,” said Bedford Superintendent of Schools Sherman C. Micsak. “This will give us a unique opportunity to reach out to our parents and other community members and actually demonstrate for them the digital learning practices currently being utilized in our classrooms.”

To spotlight these innovative teaching practices and to showcase student technological successes, the district will sponsor a Connectivity Fair from 6-8 p.m. February 1 in the Bedford High School cafeteria and several classrooms. Teachers and students will set up exhibits and conduct actual classroom demonstrations that highlight creative uses of technology at all grade levels. Technology-related prizes will be raffled off every half-hour throughout the evening.

One example of how Heskett Middle School is creatively using technology in preparation for Digital Learning Day is by reviewing about 60 books from the primary schools’ libraries and creating movie trailers to explain the books and promote literacy to the younger students. These trailers will be posted on YouTube. A quick response (QR) code will then be placed on each book that was reviewed. Glendale and Central Primary School students will be given iPods with which they can scan a code to be connected to the corresponding YouTube movie trailer from the Heskett students.

Another example of a Digital Learning activity could be to allow parents and community members to Skype into classrooms to read a book to students. Skype is a service that allows users to communicate with each other by voice and video over the Internet.

Digital Learning is any instructional practice that is effectively using technology to strengthen the student learning experience. This national campaign was created by the Alliance for Excellent Learning to bring awareness to the more cutting-edge uses of technology in the schools, to celebrate innovative teaching, and to highlight practices that make learning more personalized and engaging for students. Digital learning provides students with the opportunities to build the skills needed to succeed in college, a career, and life.

For more information about Bedford Schools' Connectivity Fair or other Digital Learning Day activities, call Mike Zaletel, District Technology Integration Coach, at 440-439-1500, ext. 6337 or email at mzaletel@bedford.k12.oh.us. For more information about the national Digital Learning Day in general, visit: http://www.digitallearningday.org. Bedford Schools are spotlighted on the website, under the Events tab, in the Local Event Highlights.

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