In partnership with the Alliance for Excellent Education and Getting Smart, KnowledgeWorks and Ohio Education Matters are pleased to announce Ohio’s participation in the first-ever Digital Learning Day on Wednesday, February 1st, 2012.
By participating in Digital Learning Day, Ohio strives to build momentum for a wave of innovation that changes policies, shifts attitudes, and supports wide-scale adoption of promising instructional practices.
This national effort is designed to celebrate educational practices that make learning more personalized and engaging for students and to explore educational policies to support innovative models of teaching and learning.
Events will take place across the U.S.-- and you are cordially invited to the following activities in Ohio.
"Getting Smart" Book Chat with Tom Vander Ark
KnowledgeWorks, Ohio Education Matters, The Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology and the Ohio Resource Center will co-host this exciting opportunity to engage in dialogue with Digital Learning Now! luminary Tom Vander Ark about his recently-released book Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World. Executive Director of Innosight Institute Michael B. Horn lauds: "Provocative and bold, Tom Vander Ark's Getting Smart challenges long-held assumptions about education, points to why innovation will be so critical to enabling the education system of the future, and paints a vision of what learning could look like throughout society—and how we so desperately need it.” This book chat will conclude with reflection from President Debe Terhar of the State Board of Education of Ohio.
Education Committee to Hear Testimony on Digital Learning
The Education Committee of the Ohio House of Representatives of the 129th General Assembly will begin its February 1st hearing with testimony on digital learning from Tom Vander Ark, and a cadre of digital learning stakeholders. This opportunity to engage with the committee is especially important as the recommendations of the Ohio Digital Learning Task Force will be released on March 1.
Ohio Digital Learning Day Reception
KnowledgeWorks, Ohio Education Matters, Getting Smart, and The Alliance for Excellent Education in partnership with the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, Ohio Grantmakers Forum and eTech Ohio will co-host a reception to celebrate National Digital Learning in Ohio. Remarks by: Senator Peggy Lehner, Chair of the Senate Education Committee and member of the Ohio Digital Learning Task Force; Representative Gerald Stebelton, Chair of the Ohio House of Representatives Education Committee; Brian Ross, President and CEO of KnowledgeWorks, and digital learning luminary Tom Vander Ark of Getting Smart and more. The event (including light fare and refreshments) is an opportunity to recognize the work of the Ohio Digital Learning Task Force and celebrate the potential of digital learning in Ohio.
Town Hall Meeting in Nation's Capital
Featuring Ohio's New Tech West
Digital Learning Day events will take place across the country, with many ways to participate. Don't miss the special live Virtual Town Hall meeting from 1:00-2:30pm EST that will feature Cleveland Metropolitan School District's New Tech West, a member of the New Tech Network of innovative schools. This Town Hall meeting will feature U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, President of the Alliance for Excellent Education and Former Governor of West Virginia Bob Wise, Founder of the Foundation for Excellence in Education and Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Harvard University professor and author Chris Dede and others. Click here to sign-up for more information about National Digital Learning Day, including detailed instructions for the Virtual Town Hall meeting. For more information visit: http://www.digitallearningday.org/.