Digital Learning Day: KnowledgeWorks Celebrates Next-Generation Innovation in Nation’s Classrooms

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Partnership with Alliance for Excellent Education focuses on successes in digital and blended learning developments in education in the United States.

Digital learning represents a launch pad for enormous educational innovation that offers all children an excellent education with 21st-century skills

KnowledgeWorks is among several digital learning advocates who will celebrate successful technology use in the classroom during the second annual Digital Learning Day Wednesday.

KnowledgeWorks, which supports innovative education initiatives, is a campaign sponsor of this year's Digital Learning Day, a national initiative that celebrates teachers and shines a spotlight on successful instructional practice and effective use of technology in classrooms across the country.

“Digital or blended learning fulfills the promise of students being able to learn anytime, anywhere, as noted by KnowledgeWorks’ important research about the future of education,” said KnowledgeWorks Interim CEO Tim Tuff. “As we celebrate Digital Learning Day, we can be encouraged that children are able to get the education they need to prepare for college and careers in an increasingly challenging global environment.”

The effort is being driven by the Alliance for Excellent Education, led by its president, former West Virginia Governor Bob Wise. Last year’s inaugural event attracted 15,000 teachers and more than 1.7 million students who either participated in a live town hall meeting in Washington, webcasts or local events. This year is expected to be even bigger.

“Digital learning represents a launch pad for enormous educational innovation that offers all children an excellent education with 21st-century skills,” Wise said. “All school districts, regardless of their size or makeup, stand to benefit from this teaching and learning technology revolution. That’s why the Alliance is bringing together students, teachers, school leaders, and many others on Digital Learning Day to show the best practices in the use of classroom technology and move forward with a national digital learning agenda.”

Other Digital Learning Day sponsors include AT&T, Intel and Smart Technologies.

KnowledgeWorks will promote Digital Learning Day using a full range of digital tools and insight from its subsidiaries, including EDWorks and New Tech Network. It also includes blogging and tweeting about the event from KnowledgeWorks leaders and digital education technology experts. KnowledgeWorks’ World of Learning blog features essays about the benefits and opportunities of digital and blending learning.

Contributions from across the organization are located on a hub page which has been created specifically for the event. Hundreds of teachers, coaches and others are working on the ground in KnowledgeWorks’ EDWorks and New Tech Network subsidiary schools – where digital technology is helping teachers become more effective and adding value to student learning in the classroom.

As part of Digital Learning Day and throughout the year, New Tech Network’s Erin Frew, principal of Cleveland's West New Tech High School, will play an integral role as an expert resource for the Alliance’s tool kit to help teachers in specific subject areas. Frew will also participate in a panel discussion in Columbus on Wednesday at COSI titled “Leadership’s role in launching and expanding blended learning in Ohio.”


KnowledgeWorks, a Cincinnati-based social enterprise, is bringing the future of learning to America’s schools and creating widespread, lasting change in the communities and states we serve. Our portfolio of school approaches includes New Tech Network, and EDWorks Fast Track, New Start and STEMLab high schools. KnowledgeWorks subsidiary Strive is a national initiative that works to build the civic infrastructure in communities to identify, sustain and scale what works for kids.

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