Michigan Digital Learning Day

SPREAD THE WORD!

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) and its collaborative partners are spreading the word and supporting educators to make Every Day Digital Learning Day in 2017!

WHY DIGITAL LEARNING?

It strengthens a student’s learning experience. 

It offers access to challenging content. 

It provides feedback through formative assessment. 

It affords opportunities for learning anytime and anywhere.

It supports individualized/personalize instruction for all students.  

Digital learning furthers Michigan’s vision of providing every public school learner with an inspiring, engaging, and caring environment that fosters creative and critical thinkers as outlined in the 10 in 10 Strategic Plan .

This “Digital Learning Landing Page” was created to share information about digital learning that can support educators in their efforts to integrate high-quality, innovative practices that effectively use technology to strengthen a students’ learning experience.  

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

DIGITAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES IN MICHIGAN 

The 1Million Project to Close the Digital Divide

The 21st century learning environment extends beyond the walls of the traditional classroom. Michigan schools have purchased over half a million devices in the past four years through the Technology Readiness Infrastructure Grant (TRIG) Device Purchasing Activity. With the prevalence of devices, many teachers have shifted to use of digital instructional materials that require connectivity beyond the school day. Seventy percent of educators assign homework that requires internet connectivity. Equitable access to the internet is crucial to maximize student learning; it is no longer a luxury. [more]

Michigan ArcGIS Online United States School Competition 2017
 
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is pleased to announce the ArcGIS Online United States Competition 2017 in which students create and share maps about their home states. ArcGIS is a geographic information system (GIS) for working with maps and information that can be represented geographically. GIS-based projects provide for integrated learning experiences across content areas and allow for community collaboration to tackle local and global challenges. ArcGIS software is freely available for K-12 instructional use from Esri. [more
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TRIG supports Digital Learning every day by empowering students in Michigan to excel at next generation assessments, leveraging technology for learning and by preparing educators and students to achieve lifetime success in a global economy.

Make sure YOUR district is taking advantage of the following supports offered by TRIG and continue to make Every Day Digital Learning Day!

MI Open Books: Educators and students can gain access to up-to-date, customizable and free digital Social Studies resources. Download your K-12 books today at http://textbooks.wmisd.org/download.html

EduPaths: Bite-sized professional learning available at no cost to assist educators navigate their professional growth. Take a short course – or two! -  on over a hundred topics now! Visit https://www.edupaths.org/ to get started.


Did you know that Digital Learning Day can be every day when using the Michigan eLibrary (mel.org)?!  Michigan residents have free access to quality, vetted online resources that support digital learning from PreK through Adult. If you are a new user of MeL, or have not visited the website in awhile, check out some of the recent additions and updates:

Kids InfoBits (http://www.galesupport.com/migeoipcheck/migeoipcheck-gale.php?database=ITKE)
(grades 3-5) recently added over 600 STEM videos 1 to 3 minutes in length that support STEM in the elementary classroom

Research in Context (http://www.galesupport.com/migeoipcheck/migeoipcheck-gale.php?database=MSIC)

(grades 6-8+) recently added over 750 short science videos that support topics taught in the middle school curriculum

Databases (http://databases.mel.org)

provide citations and MLA has been updated to version 8 in each

Click here to learn more about digital resources available through the Michigan eLibrary!

Classroom Tools
MI Streamnet (mistreamnet.org)
Expand your classroom beyond its walls with tools for online and blended learning. This portal provides current and relevant resources that help teachers learn about and bring successful online and blended learning opportunities to their classrooms.

21Things4Students (21things4students.net)
Make learning technology fun while teaching skills for tomorrow’s careers! This free, online curriculum helps students improve their technology proficiency as they prepare for success in the real world.

Professional Learning
MI Moot 2017 – Transforming Classrooms (mimoot.org)
Join with your colleagues on August 1 & 2 for what promises to be an energizing and impactful event focused on best practices in blended learning. Attendees will explore blended learning resources, discover the latest trends, practice new skills, network with like-minded educators, and have some fun.

21Things4iPads (21things4ipads.net)
Learn to use iPads for project-based learning! Introduces educators to a specially selected collection of relevant apps and integration and productivity strategies that help unlock the full potential of using iPads in and for the classroom.

21Things4Teachers (21things4teachers.net)
Easily incorporate more technology in your classroom! This resource provides a chance for educators to collaborate with fellow teachers in a cohort, or as an individual, to learn more about 21st century technology skills in a supportive environment with a highly skilled instructor.


Resources
MACUL Community (maculcommunity.org)

This online community space is the home for MACUL Advocacy resources, SIG (Special Interest Group) content, blog articles, trending topics and important MACUL organizational updates. It is also a place for digital learning, best practice, professional development opportunities and career resources for anyone and everyone in PK-20 education. 

MACUL Conference (maculconference.org)
March 15-17, 2017 — The 41st annual Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) Conference is at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Mi. It is one of the Midwest's largest educational technology conferences with 5000+ educators from across Michigan, the region, and Canada. Register for a conference that offers attendees an opportunity to explore new tools, discover the latest edtech trends, gain valuable resources, network with like-minded educators and have some fun.  

Click here to see more learning opportunities from MACUL!


We asked the MVS Online Mentors and Teachers of the Year for their thoughts on the importance of digital learning. Thank you to all the educators who help make every day a Digital Learning Day!  


Register your Digital Learning Day event at: http://www.digitallearningday.org/register-your-event/ 

Celebrate by posting, tweeting, and sharing your Digital Learning experiences on social media.  Don’t forget to use #MIDLDay, #DLDay, and tag @OfficialDLDay when posting, tweeting, and blogging.

Explore the Digital Learning opportunities and resources below.It provides feedback through formative assessment. 

Signing-up for the MDE’s Digital Learning Day Thunderclap at: https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/53065-celebrate-digital-learning-day, which will go live on February 23.

Join the national celebration on February 23 — check the #DLDay hashtag to see how others around the country are contributing!