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WV students prepare to participate in annual Digital Learning Day

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Thousands of West Virginia students and teachers are getting ready for Digital Learning Day. It's the second year for the national event, planned for Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Digital Learning Day is part of a year-round national awareness campaign to improve teaching and learning, according to the U.S. Department of Education. "The use of technology in our classrooms is happening all the time but Digital Learning Day gives us a reason to stop and recognize how technology influences our learning and how it helps to improve academic achievement," said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Jim Phares in a news release from the department.

Digital Learning Day, coordinated by The Alliance for Excellent Education and led by former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise, encourages the innovative use of technology and digital media, and highlights teaching practices that engages students and provides them with a rich, personalized, educational experience.

Nearly 2 million students and 20,000 teachers participated in the inaugural event in 2012, including many in West Virginia. "Teachers who embrace digital learning are effectively using technology to strengthen the student learning experience," Phares added. "Technology has changed the way we do everything from shopping to reading books. It's time to take action to leverage this potential with more innovative uses of technology in our schools."

The West Virginia Department of Education has created a web page that provides resources educators can use to incorporate digital learning into their schools. Teachers and others have been asked to share their successes on Twitter using #WV #DLDAY.

"Digital learning represents a launch pad for enormous educational innovation that will offer all children an excellent education with 21st Century skills," said Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education. "All school districts, no matter what size or shape, stand to benefit from this teaching and learning technology revolution. That's why we're bringing together students, teachers, school leaders and many others to show the best practices in the use of classroom technology and move forward with a national digital learning agenda."