A list of state and local celebrations and events is here, thanks to the folks at the Alliance for Excellence in Education for putting this together.  It’s possible some in-person events may be postponed or canceled due to weather. 

POTUS kicks it off with shooting an iPad video to promote #DLDay though there may have been some problems according to USA Today.  He also announced new commitments for Digital Learning.  

Tom Vander Ark with some advice on how parents can support their kids in online learning.  Link to many resources for teachers, administrators, parents and students can be found on his Getting Smart website.

Mentor (Ohio) students, schools see results with blended learning. “Walking through the halls of Ridge (Middle School), it’s interesting to hear the conversations of small groups of students huddled around iPads, reviewing worksheets as teachers split their time among the groups.”  We’re happy to have Mentor Superintendent Matt Miller as chairman of the Ohio Blended Learning Network.  A link to the Network page is here.

Michigan Virtual University hosts event around DLDay.

From Mobile, Alabama: What does Digital Learning look like in kindergarten? “In Sarah Gross’s kindergarten class, a recent lesson on the popular children’s book “Brown Bear” culminated in a video, starring each student. Each child took a turn with an iPad, selecting characters and reciting lines from the book. At the end of the lesson, they watched their video on the big screen. The entire lesson, from start to finish, took less than 20 minutes.”

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High costs of testing may derail Common Core.  Sooner or later, it always comes down to money. In this case, the implementation is the larger challenge than getting it passed, or keeping it passed in the first place. Maryland isn’t exactly Tea Party Nation. 

A little more off my usual path, but intriguing nonetheless: Tennessee Governor Haslam proposes free two-year community college tuition.

I am disappointed in Google’s not having a Doodle today to celebrate the occasion.  Maybe next year. 

BONUS LINK: a video on Digital Learning Day 2014, from the Alliance for Excellence in Education 

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