Science NetLinks (@ScienceNetLinks) and our Thinkfinity partners joined in a Twitter-based chat on education technology on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, 8-9 p.m. EST, in honor of Digital Learning Day. Follow the conversation using #EdTechChat.
K-12 educators especially were encouraged to contribute to the conversation. The Twitter chat offered an opportunity to share ideas and best practices, to ask questions, to clear away roadblocks, and to learn about the latest digital tools and tech-based resources available. Our hope was that this forum could provide insight into innovative ways that digital tools can be leveraged to transform learning and teaching experiences.
Digital Learning Day is a national campaign focused on improving teaching and learning. It began in 2012 as a means of celebrating successful digital learning instructional practices and the effective use of technology in K-12 classrooms across the country.
Digital learning is any form of instruction that effectively uses technology to strengthen the student learner-centered experience. Experts believe that digital learning resources, when used to their peak capacity, allow for rigorous expectations of knowledge acquisition and academic achievement for students. Delivered through means tailored toward students' individual learning styles, technologically enhanced education is more relevant and collaborative and moves beyond the boundaries of the classroom and school environment.
The chat was organized by Thinkfinity.org's funder, the Verizon Foundation (@VerizonGiving). Participating in the chat with Science NetLinks were our Thinkfinity content partners National Geographic Society—Education (@NatGeoEducation), Smithsonian's National Museum of American History—History Explorer (@explorehistory), Wonderopolis (@Wonderopolis), ReadWriteThink (@RWTnow), and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics—Illuminations (@NCTMlllum). Education and technology experts from the International Society for Technology in Education (@isteconnects), Technology Student Association (@NationalTSA), and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab (@MediaLab) also were on hand to share their resources and expertise.
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