Digital Learning Days taking place across Chesterfield County Public Schools on Feb. 23

Chesterfield County Public Schools students will participate in Digital Learning Day on Feb. 23, as part of the school division’s efforts to create and highlight innovative instructional and learning practices.

Digital learning is any instructional practice that effectively integrates 21st century technology tools to enhance and strengthen a student’s learning experience. Chesterfield County Public Schools moved toward a blended learning model (combining the best of face-to-face instruction with the use of technology resources) as part of its continued efforts to better engage students in authentic learning opportunities.

“Today’s technologies broaden our ability to teach, extending learning opportunities beyond the classroom’s traditional four walls,” School Board Chair Dr. Javaid Siddiqi said. “Digital Learning Day affords our school division the opportunity to highlight some of the innovative and engaging ways our teachers are integrating technology and challenging students to think in a different manner.”

The school division’s Innovation Days are designed to reinforce the 21st century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and effective communication while enhancing student engagement through relevant, hands-on learning opportunities. School leaders and teachers have been encouraged to integrate 21st century technology teaching-and-learning tools, create project-based learning opportunities, and infuse community service projects in the Innovation Days.

Started in 2012, Digital Learning Day has provided a powerful venue for education leaders to highlight great teaching practice and showcase innovative teachers, leaders and instructional technology programs that are improving student outcomes. Digital Learning Day promotes the effective use of modern day tools afforded to every other industry to improve the learning experience in K-12 public schools.

Below are some of the ways Chesterfield County schools are participating in Digital Learning Day:

  • Bellwood Elementary fourth graders will use ZOOM, an online classroom, to spend an hour face-to-face with a ranger from Denali National Park learning about the science of sled dogs.
  • Alberta Smith, J.B. Watkins and Bettie Weaver elementary school teachers will go paperless for the day.
  • Winterpock Elementary kindergarten classes will utilize Google Hangout to work with a kindergarten class in North Carolina.
  • Robious and Salem Church middle school will focus onDigital Citizenship.  In support of the CCPS Design for Excellence 2020 and the “School Guide to Digital Citizenship,” staff members will utilize technology to answer the essential question, “What is the place of digital media in our lives?”
  • Swift Creek Middle staff members will choose a new blended learning instructional strategy that is new to them and plan a lesson utilizing it.
  • Carver College and Career Academy staff members will use Google video chat to interview and talk with business partners and others in the academic field.

Throughout the school year, Chesterfield County Public Schools will hold two additional Innovation Days to celebrate Earth Day and Bright Idea Day.