Next Wednesday,
February 1
, is the first-ever
Digital Learning Day
. This national effort is designed to celebrate
educational practices that make learning more personalized and engaging for
students and to explore educational policies to support innovative models of
teaching and learning. There are three events in Columbus designed to build
Buckeye momentum for a wave of innovation that changes policies, shifts
attitudes, and supports wide-scale adoption of promising instructional

Getting Smart Book Talk with Tom VanderArk (The Ohio State
University, Thompson Library, Campus Reading Room, 2 PM)

Engage in dialogue with Digital
Learning Now! luminary Tom
Vander Ark
about his recently-released book Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is
Changing the World.
Executive Director of Innosight Institute Michael B.
Horn lauds: "Provocative and bold, Tom Vander Ark's Getting Smart challenges
long-held assumptions about education, points to why innovation will be so
critical to enabling the education system of the future, and paints a vision of
what learning could look like throughout society—and how we so desperately need
it.” The book talk will conclude with reflection from President Debe Terhar of
the State Board of Education of Ohio.

Education Committee
Testimony on Digital Learning
(Ohio Statehouse, Room 17, 5 PM)

The Education Committee of the Ohio
House of Representatives of the 129th General Assembly will begin its February
1st hearing with testimony on digital learning from Tom Vander Ark
and a cadre of digital learning stakeholders. This opportunity to engage with
the committee is especially important as the recommendations of the Ohio
Digital Learning Task Force will be released on March 1.

Ohio Digital Learning
Day Reception
(Ohio Statehouse, Atrium, 6 PM)

Join this reception to celebrate
National Digital Learning Day in Ohio. Remarks by: Senator Peggy Lehner, Chair
of the Senate Education Committee and member of the Ohio Digital Learning Task
Force; Representative Gerald Stebelton, Chair of the Ohio House of
Representatives Education Committee; Brian Ross, President and CEO of
KnowledgeWorks; digital learning luminary Tom Vander Ark of Getting Smart, and
more. The event (including light fare and refreshments) is an opportunity to
recognize the work of the Ohio Digital Learning Task Force and celebrate the
potential of digital learning in Ohio.

Register online now for any or all of these events. The
day’s hosts and sponsors include KnowledgeWorks,
Ohio Education Matters, Getting Smart, and the Alliance for Excellent Education in
partnership with Thomas B. Fordham
, Ohio Grantmakers Forum
and eTech Ohio.

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