LA’s BEST and the Los Angeles Digital Literacy Alliance Taking Part in Third Annual National Digital Learning Day

February 4, 2014

LA’s BEST and the Los Angeles Digital Literacy Alliance Taking Part in Third Annual National Digital Learning Day

Digital Citizenship, Digital Literacy and Digital Learning the focus of Local Participation

February 4, 2014—LA’s BEST after school program, in partnership with the Los Angeles Digital Literacy Alliance (LADLA), is joining tens of thousands of educators and millions of students from all fifty states and the District of Columbia to celebrate the third annual Digital Learning Day on Wednesday, February 5. Digital Learning Day, spearheaded by the Alliance for Excellent Education, recognizes innovative teaching and common-sense, effective applications of education technology that supports teachers, improves learning, and helps students achieve at their highest potential.

On Digital Learning Day from 3-5 pm on February 5, 2014, LA’s BEST students from Gratts Elementary will travel to the Los Angeles Central Library  630 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90071, where they will learn about coding and create their own interactive stories, games or animation projects using Scratch, a creative digital learning software available free on line from MIT’s Media Lab. Then they will explore the digital resources available at throughout the library.

"The library is the perfect place for kids to learn digital literacy skills that will help them succeed in school and, eventually, in the workplace," said City Librarian John F. Szabo. "We are excited to partner with LA's BEST for the Digital Learning Day, which is part of our FULL STEAM ahead program featuring free children's workshops in science, technology, engineering, art and math."

As part of LADLA’s citywide Digital Learning Day celebration, students at Hollywood High School will be certified in AVID Editing and will be filmed by the Mobile Film Classroom. At John Muir Middle School in Burbank, students will begin a game design program, which will be documented by Freshi Media.

“LADLA serves to nurture and propel the next generation of digital citizens in Los Angeles,” says Jennifer Cano, LA’s BEST Director of Digital Learning.  “LA’S BEST students benefit from its Alliance partners' expertise in creating meaningful, hands-on engagement with digital media and computer programming tools.”

In addition to the local events, Digital Learning Day will include a national showcase event that will be streamed live from the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. The showcase will be moderated by Judy Woodruff, coanchor and managing editor of the PBS NewsHour and will feature Acting U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education James H. Shelton III, U.S. Representative George Miller, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, Library of Congress Librarian James H. Billington, Cecilia Muñoz, the White House’s Director of Domestic Policy Council, Wyoming Department of Education Director Rich Crandall, and Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Lillian Lowery.

Educators, parents, students, members of the media, and others can sign up for the free virtual conference at https://vts.inxpo.com/scripts/Server.nxp?LASCmd=AI:4;F:QS!10100&ShowKey=17940 to be connected to live video, lesson plans, instructional videos and toolkits, as well as live chats with digital learning experts.  Also highlighted will be key initiatives to bring broader adoption of technology into classrooms, including an urgent need to update the federal E-rate program, an immensely successful initiative that has connected 94 percent of schools to the internet. However, as more teachers, students, and devices attempt to access a school’s network, it cannot meet the exploding demand for high-speed connections.

Visit DigitalLearningDay.org for ideas about how students, parents, administrators and others can participate. Stay connected with LADLA on the facebook page and follow the action of Digital Learning Day on our Twitter Page @LADLAlliance using the #DLDay hashtag.

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LA's BEST - Better Educated Students for Tomorrow - is a nationally recognized after school education, enrichment and recreation program serving more than 28,000 children with the greatest needs and fewest resources throughout the City of Los Angeles. LA's BEST After School Enrichment Program provides a safe haven for children ages 5 to 12 at 194 elementary school sites each day during the critical hours after school — at no cost to parents. Established in 1988, LA's BEST is a partnership including the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Unified School District and the private sector. LA’s BEST is part of Beyond the Bell, whose mission is to ensure that all children and youth in LAUSD have access to high quality, safe and supervised academic, enrichment, and recreation programs that inspire learning and achievement beyond the regular school day. For more information, please visit www.lasbest.org.

LA’s BEST partnered with Common Sense Media, the Mobile Film Classroom, Project Accessible Hollywood The Braille Institute, The Getty, Youth Policy Institute, Children’s Digital Media Center (UCLA & CSULA), Iridescent Learning, Project Accessible Hollywood, International Family Film Festival, the International Science Discovery & Learning Center, Freshi Media and the Los Angeles Public Library to create the Los Angeles Digital Literacy Alliance (LADLA).  LADLA serves as a hub to connect children ages 5-18 and their families with digital media experts, resources and organizations that will advance digital literacy in Los Angeles. 

The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC–based national policy and advocacy organization that works to improve national and federal policy so that all students can achieve at high academic levels and graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship in the twenty-first century. For more information about the Alliance, visit http://www.all4ed.org.