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  Digital Learning Day Comes to Delaware  
Rodel Foundation of Delaware.
 
PRESS RELEASE                     Contact: Matt Amis, Senior Communications Officer
     March 13, 2015                                                                                        302.504.5245
                                                                                    mamis@rodelfoundationde.org

Rodel Teacher Council Host Guests for Digital Learning Day
 
 
WILMINGTON, Del.
—Three members of the Rodel Teacher Council opened their doors Friday to offer visitors a firsthand glimpse of technology-guided learning. It was all part of Digital Learning Day—a national celebration that showcases innovative teachers, leaders, and instructional technology programs that are improving student outcomes.
 
Jennifer Hollstein, an English teacher at Charter School of Wilmington, led her 11th grade class in a discussion of literary topics while students utilized the online platform NoodleTools to guide their research and outlines for compositions. Students also collaborated on group work using Google Docs.
 
Nearby at Mount Pleasant High School in Wilmington, students in Robyn Howton’s 11th grade AP Language and Composition class took to Kahoot to review a previous lesson, while others researched the Harlem Renaissance on laptops. Later they analyzed the poetry of Langston Hughes using Google Docs and shared thoughts on Padlet.



At Towne Point Elementary School in Dover, third-grade students in Michele Johnson’s library block worked through an Hour of Code, a self-paced computer programming activity that transforms basic tenets of programing into fun, self-guided activities.
 
“The kids work at their own pace,” Johnson said. “And it’s an activity that shows them the back-end of what computer gaming looks like, so they’re able to learn basic programming.
 


“It’s very engaging. The kids have a really good time. When we say we’re working on an Hour of Code today, they get really amped up.”
 
Digital Learning Day—an initiative of Alliance for Excellent Education—takes place in classrooms across the country.
 
Technology is just one component to the collaborative, student-driven style of learning outlined in the Blueprint for Personalized Learning in Delaware. The report, which was released last fall, is a collaborative effort of the Rodel Teacher Council and one of the few teacher-created blueprints of its kind in the nation.
 
The mission of the Rodel Foundation of Delaware is to help Delaware build one of the finest systems of public education in the world by 2020.
 
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  The mission of the Rodel Foundation of Delaware is to help Delaware build one of the finest systems of public education in the world by 2020.
 
               
 
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