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Digital Learning Day -- and Beyond
Digital Learning DayDozens of education partners, including NCTE, are ready for the third annual Digital Learning Day, Wednesday, February 5. Digital Learning Day is "a national campaign that celebrates teachers and shines a spotlight on successful instructional practice and effective use of technology in classrooms across the country." The following resources from NCTE and NCLE represent the ways digital learning is happening in classrooms with students and teachers.

In "Plugging In: What Technology Brings to the English/Language Arts Classroom" from Voices from the Middle, Sara Kajder shares the three "nonnegotiable" questions that lead instruction in her classroom, with or without the consideration of technology.

As Lara Hebert reminds us in her blog on the Literacy in Learning Exchange, "Digital Learning Is about More Than Tools."

In the lesson plan "Weekly Writer's Blogs: Building a Reflective Community of Support," students explore the conventions of blog writing while using it to self-reflect on their writing and communicate with classmates about one another's reflections.

January 2014 #nctechat archiveDid you miss the NCTE Twitter chat on digital learning? Take a look at the transcript from the January 19 #nctechat with guest hosts Kevin Hodgson (@dogtrax) and Troy Hicks (@hickstro). There was a lively conversation about classroom technology's past, present, and future as well as tech tips, teaching tools, and great ideas for teaching digital reading and writing in your English classes. provides practical suggestions on how to teach with technology.

In their article for English Journal, "No Longer a Luxury: Digital Literacy Can’t Wait," Troy Hicks and Kristen Hawley Turner share some ideas for how to "remix our teaching for a digital age," and also detail five practices that destroy digital literacy.

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