Local students participate in Digital Learning Day

2014-02-07T20:25:00Z 2014-02-07T22:19:42Z Local students participate in Digital Learning DayCarmen McCollum carmen.mccollum@nwi.com, (219) 662-5337 nwitimes.com

Students at Warren Elementary School in Highland were among thousands across the country who celebrated Digital Learning Day this week.

Digital Learning Day is a national campaign to shine the spotlight on successful instructional technology in the classroom.

J.J. Boylan, principal at Warren Elementary School in Highland, said digital media, computing and Internet use is the world students live in making it a global community rather than "different boundaried" countries.

"Our kids in elementary school now will be competing with children all over the world for employment," he said. "We want them to be prepared to use these devices. We are trying to make every day a Digital Learning Day for our students."

Digital Learning Day was Wednesday. Many local schools were closed then because of frigid weather and celebrated with activities the remainder of the week. Warren Elementary students celebrated the day Thursday.

Boylan said he tweeted pictures throughout the day, giving parents an opportunity to see what their youngsters were doing in class.

"Five years ago, we couldn't do anything like that. Technology has changed the way we do things and the way teachers teach. It's great," he said.

At Hebron Middle School, eighth-grade teacher Kristy Stephens had students work on a digital newsletter for the middle school. The students used an iPad to create a three-minute video to post online. The video will be posted to YouTube and features all the events and activities for the next two weeks.

Danny Pastrick, a Hebron science teacher, took his eighth-grade students Thursday to the Challenger Learning Center at the Purdue University Calumet Campus in Hammond. The center uses technology to allow students to "Return to the Moon."

At Hammond High, students used the one-to-one computer initiative to create videos that showed how to solve algebra End-of-Course assessment prep questions.

Students in Advanced Placement classes created videos to show how to align state standards with course content. The videos also were posted to YouTube and the students' progress can be followed on Twitter.

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