Digital Learning Day encourages technological instruction

Ashley Beyer, Lifestyles Editor

Digital Learning Day on Feb. 1 was intended to be a day to focus on the digital aspects of education, according to Principal Madelyn Ball.

Digital Learning Day is a national event, and though Maryland did not participate, Ball said she hoped to still get the school involved since technology is integrated throughout JC.

“The website offered teachers ideas for their classes on Digital Learning Day.  I don’t really know how much teachers participated,” Ball said.

This day was supposed to “encourage teachers to enhance instruction [on digital learning] and students discovering knowledge [about the Internet] rather than being taught a specific skill,” according to Ball.

Some students were unaware that there was a Digital Learning Day. “I didn’t know about it until I read about it on the Daily Bulletin that day, and I still didn’t know what it was,” sophomore Megan Grieg said.

“We didn’t really do anything in class. The only remotely digital thing we did in class was watch a movie in French,” freshman Scott Walczyk said.

According to Ball, the faculty has been discussing “developing a digital citizen curriculum, but are not sure whether it would be in advisory or a class.”

Ball plans to have Digital Learning Day again, but wants to see more participation and ideas. “Next year I would like to see one hundred percent of teachers using technology on Digital Learning Day,” Ball said.

“I think the day went relatively well. The teachers all tried to use technology to a greater advantage,” French teacher Regina Ferry said.

“I felt like [Digital Learning Day] is something that we do every day. It’s not one special day,” English teacher Matthew Blair said.

Ashley Beyer is a Lifestyles Editor for The Patriot and