Celebrate Virtual Education on Digital Learning Day
It’s a great time to celebrate education—last week was School Choice Week, and today is Digital Learning Day. School Choice Week encourages parents, students, and organizations to speak out about the importance of offering students different education options, while Digital Learning Day emphasizes the effective use of technology in our classrooms. Both movements have the same goal—to promote dialogue about the progress of education.
This year, over 200 partners collaborated during National School Choice Week and hosted at least 3,600 events across the nation with the goal of highlighting the variety of education options available, including:
- Public schools
- Public charter schools
- Virtual schools (public and private)
- Magnet schools
- Private schools
Students who choose virtual schools experience and appreciate digital learning in a unique way. In fact, every day is Digital Learning Day in virtual schools. Each day, students use technology to engage with their online curriculum. They learn lessons at a pace that’s customized to their unique needs, and along the way they make meaningful connections with their teachers through one-on-one interaction. Students also socialize in the virtual classroom and through online clubs and activities. All of these interactions are facilitated by technology, and virtual school students embrace it daily.
Digital learning empowers students to take ownership of their learning. Teachers learn to manage their classrooms a little differently, and students become more active in their own education, which better prepares them for college and career. In virtual schools, students are familiar with this increased amount of independence. And digital learning doesn’t just offer independence—it allows for more individualization.
When the traditional classroom isn’t the best fit for a student, digital learning can offer a better environment and better resources. Of course, digital learning isn’t right for every student, but it offers an individualized solution to millions of children.
If you want to celebrate Digital Learning Day, find out how you can participate or spread the word. How else can you and your student celebrate digital learning all year long? Share your thoughts about digital learning in the comments.