If Tomorrow is #DLDay, When Do We Celebrate Learning with Pencils? #LwPDay

February 5th is Digital Learning Day! Fun, I know. There’s a pledge you can take, by clicking a link. I took it, I know.1 There’s even an official avatar. How many days do you know that have their own avatar?

#DLDay 2014
#DLDay 2014

Now, I appreciate a good party as much as the next guy, but why do we really need this? Perhaps we’re an anomaly, but we “build awareness about the potential of technology” in our schools daily. Celebrating digital learning on one day a year infers that we shouldn’t – or don’t – learn digitally all the rest.2

And what is digital learning, anyway? Or better yet, what is analog learning? Is there really such a thing? When will we reach the point where learning is just learning?

I’m ready to stop drawing lines in the sand, so I’ll make you a deal. I’ll wear your avatar on February 5th if you wear mine the rest of the year.

Learning with Pencils Avatar
Learning with Pencils Official Avatar #LwPDay #FTW

Show 2 footnotes

  1. Place your hand on your screen and repeat after me: “On my honor, I will do my best to support digital learning. Whatever that means.”
  2. Is this really just a way to give exposure to the #DLDay corporate partners?! Do they really deserve more exposure?
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  • I mostly agree with you but….. the pencil is a totally accepted tool, digital is not. For the same reason we still have edtech conferences, blogs and publications, we still have events like this. I think it would be better if they were a bit more targeted or focused on a specific goal but I do see some value.

    • I know what you’re saying, Dean. Pencils are accepted (although hard to find at some 1:1 schools), and even teaching how to use a tool might be considered a form of advocacy.

      At what point does advocacy for change actually impede its progress?