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Digital Learning Day Resources
All across the country, schools are undergoing a transformation in teaching and learning with the help of digital technology. As educators re-imagine school in new and different ways, Digital Learning Day provides an opportunity to collaborate with peers, share ideas, try new digital tools, and celebrate education innovation. Most importantly, it encourages everyone to play a role in the transformation of their own schools and communities. From virtual student debates to a digital project showcase, local Digital Learning Day events are as diverse and unique as the students that participate. The possibilities are endless. Thousands of classrooms in addition to community centers, school districts and even states get involved in the day by hosting events and activities that highlight or encourage new ways of using technology for learning.
Looking for free tools to help power your digital learning activities? With the right mix of instructional support and appropriate devices, these digital tools can help strengthen student creativity, collaboration and critical thinking skills.
For more than a decade, the GCFLearnFree.org program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 180 topics, including more than 2,000 lessons, 800+ videos, and 55+ interactives and games, completely free.
Technology is advancing at a rapid pace, and we rely more and more on computers for everything from cooking to organizing our taxes. An understanding of computer basics is invaluable, and Alison provides free, online courses to help you get started. Introductory material includes Microsoft Digital Literacy courses, which cover basics like keyboard and mouse use, security and privacy, and the internet. Other course offerings include specialties in Microsoft Access 2010, Microsoft Office 2010, and touch typing. Alison makes it easy to get caught up on new technology. Find a course now to start learning.
Whether you are new to the computer or just want to brush up on your skills, you can find a free course online to meet your needs. Working through tutorials is a great way to practice computer skills you can use every day at home or work.
Adult Online Learning
Like free online learning services, massive open online courses (MOOCs) are among the hottest new trends sweeping schools, colleges and education today. Technology tools that allow students of all ages — even adults — to access classes and lessons via the Internet, all are set to revolutionize learning by providing widespread access to courses from prestigious worldwide institutes.
Learn how to code, speak Spanish or brush up on statistics without paying a cent.
Online learning may not appeal to everyone; however, the sheer number of online learning sites suggests that there is at least a strong interest in convenient, portable learning options — many of which are study-at-your-own-pace. For your reference, we’ve selected 50 top learning sites and loosely collected them into the categories you’ll find below. While this is not a rankings list by any means, (for that you should consult our ranking of the best online colleges) by using a variety of criteria, we’ve filtered in some of the most popular sites in each category.
Student Online Learning
NASA’s journeys into air and space have deepened humankind’s understanding of the universe, advanced technology breakthroughs, enhanced air travel safety and security, and expanded the frontiers of scientific research. These accomplishments share a common genesis: education. As the United States begins the second century of flight, the Nation must maintain its commitment to excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education to ensure that the next generation of Americans can accept the full measure of their roles and responsibilities in shaping the future. NASA will continue the Agency’s tradition of investing in the Nation’s education programs and supporting the country’s educators who play a key role in preparing, inspiring, exciting, encouraging, and nurturing the young minds of today who will be the workforce of tomorrow.
The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries.