By Catrina Coakley-Burns
Digital Learning Day is an annual celebration of the digital tools that empower both students and teachers in learning environments. We take a look at the origins of the event and why, this year more than ever, digital learning should be a top priority for educators.
What is Digital Learning Day?
Digital Learning Day is an ongoing initiative by All4Ed to recognise the power of education technology (edtech) to facilitate digital learning. Digital tools have undoubtedly transformed the nature of classroom learning over recent years, and Digital Learning Day pays homage to the forward-thinking teachers who utilise these digital tools to enhance their pupils’ learning experiences.
When is Digital Learning Day?
Digital Learning Day 2022 will be celebrated on Tuesday 22nd February by thousands of educators and students around the world.
What is Edtech?
Edtech (or education technology) refers to digital technology that is used to promote education or facilitate learning and development. There are a wide range of edtech tools, products, applications and services that increase the opportunities for digital learning in the classroom and beyond. For example, cloud-enabled tools can promote collaboration between students, machine learning and blockchain tools can help teachers during the marking process and the internet of things (IoT) can make digital classrooms a reality.
Why is Digital Learning Important?
Since the very early days of the internet, there has been some element of digital technology incorporated into the education system. However, the pandemic has accelerated the adoption of edtech and proven why digital learning needs to be at the forefront of the education agenda. With schools being physically closed at numerous points during the pandemic, teachers had no choice but to utilise digital technology whilst giving online lessons. Digital learning became a central focus for educators needing to deliver individual and authentic experiences to students outside of the normal classroom environment. The digital learning environments established during periods of national lockdown have had a lasting impact on the widespread appreciation for edtech. Edtech broadens the scope for learning, since students develop digital skills alongside learning about traditional subjects covered in the classroom. The skills students pick up whilst utilising technology may also help to resolve the growing digital skills gap in our society. What’s more, personalised digital learning strategies, made possible through edtech, can promote more inclusive experiences for students and level the playing field in education, in terms of access to customised and engaging learning opportunities.
Here at Flame PR, we understand the important role that edtech plays in facilitating positive digital learning experiences. We have a wealth of experience working across the skills and training landscape, with our portfolio including clients in education, skills and recruitment. Contact us today to find out more about how our service offering of public relations, broadcast PR and digital marketing can amplify your voice in the growing edtech space.