February 17, 2016: Digital Learning Day

WHEREAS, Digital Learning Day provides an opportunity to explore the effective use of technology in a positive and transformative manner; and

WHEREAS, teachers, students and schools across the nation are using innovation and technology to transform and improve education, offering new and exciting ways for students to learn; and,

WHEREAS, Digital Learning Day provides each teacher, student, parent, and school with the opportunity to learn how to use technology in combination with great teaching to modernize, personalize, and improve learning; and,

WHEREAS, today’s world demands the nation have a highly trained workforce skilled in the use of technology and digital content in order to compete in the global economy; and,

WHEREAS, digital learning and the effective use of technology can assist every teacher by providing real-time information to track individual student progres and create improved and efficient learning processes giving teachers more flexibility and more time to spend with each student; and,

WHEREAS, the Michigan Virtual School has worked in partnership with over 600 Michigan schools and districts and is celebrating its 200,000th online course enrollment; and,

WHEREAS, the fifth national Digital Learning Day will take place on February 17, 2016 to educate teachers, students, schools, parents, policymakers, and the public on ways to integrate high-quality digital learning and the effective use of technology to improve the learning of every student;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim February 17, 2016 as Digital Learning Day in Michigan.