Are You Prepared for Digital Learning Day?


On February 6, 2013, schools, teachers, librarians and national organizations will celebrate Digital Learning Day 2013, a day to celebrate educators and librarians who create inspirational learning opportunities for young people by effectively integrating technology use and practices in and out of the classroom. The American Library Association (ALA) will support Digital Learning Day 2013 as part of the continued effort to highlight the everyday work done by librarians to support digital literacy.

The ALA is asking librarians across the country help spread the word about Digital Learning Day. The Digital Learning Day website lists numerous ways you can participate, but here are a few:

  • Write a blog about your digital learning experiences
  • Plan an activity on Digital Learning Day
  • Launch a project or lesson using digital learning or discussing technology’s role in learning on that day
  • Invite a local business person in to your class to talk about the skills needed to succeed
  • Do a presentation to the parent-teacher association about the benefits of digital learning

Digital Learning Day, sponsored by the Alliance for Excellent Education, is the culmination of year-long activities in K-12 schools, public libraries, and among educators from all walks of life.

Through our ongoing work with the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy Digital Literacy Task Force, we have learned about the critical role librarians play in developing resources for classroom teachers and in designing dynamic learning opportunities for students and the public.

Learn more about Digital Learning Day.

Marijke began at OITP in 2009 to support a grant project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation looking at broadband capacity in public libraries. She immediately became immersed in broadband adoption and E-rate issues and has not looked back. Marijke leads and coordinates all of ALA’s work on E-rate. She is also co-chair of the Edlinc Coalition, the primary coalition promoting E-rate policy for libraries and schools at the national level. In addition to E-rate, Marijke supports the Program on Networks focusing on broadband adoption issues for diverse populations. Marijke also serves as Program Director for OITP’s emerging portfolio on children, youth, and technology. Prior to coming to OITP, Marijke worked for several community organizations that focused on empowering at-risk populations, especially focusing on youth and pre-school children. She continues to have a strong inclination to find projects that address access to information barriers so everyone, regardless of circumstance, can access, apply, and benefit from information in any format. Marijke received her master’s degree in library science from Indiana University, Indianapolis.

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