“Start a conversation, try one new thing, showcase success”

Chicago Public Schools’ Office of Leadership and Learning formally invites you to participate in the fifth anniversary of Digital Learning Day on Wednesday, February 17, 2016. Created by the Alliance for Excellent Education, Digital Learning Day celebrates the positive impact technology has on today’s learners. Check out this year’s recommended themes and activities below:


Digital Warrior Certificate - Students, parents, staff, and other community members can honor CPS staff who are successfully integrating technology to enhance learning. Download the certificate and then send a photo or video presenting the award to cpsconnects@cps.edu with the subject line “Digital Warrior.” Here are some of our current Digital Warriors across the District:

Plan Your Own (PYO) Event - In addition to the District recommended activities seen here, we strongly encourage everyone to celebrate Digital Learning Day in their own way. Whether you complete an activity on your own, with a few friends, or with your entire school, there are plenty of ways to join in the fun. Share your planned activity with us!





LearnStorm Chicago 2016 Powered by Khan Academy - Chicagoland students are invited to practice their Math skills and show they can do anything when participating in LearnStorm Chicago 2016 Powered by Khan Academy. Running January 29 – April 1, 2016, students and schools can earn recognition and prizes for their efforts. Learn more and sign-up today!


Parent Portal - Parent Portal is a free, web-based tool that allows parents to view their student’s grades and attendance online. Parents can set automatic alerts to be sent to their email or phone when their student is late to class or when a student’s grade drops below or rises above a certain threshold predetermined by them. Join thousands of other parents who have already signed-up!

Tech Talk 2016 - Staff are invited to sign-up for Tech Talk 2016, themed Connect. Innovate. Achieve. Hosted at Lane Tech College Prep High School on April 8, 2016, Tech Talk is an annual day of professional development and collaboration for teachers, technology coordinators, librarians and school leaders that focuses on educational technology tools, resources and best practices. Visitthe official Tech Talk 2016 website for details and register via the Learning Hub today!



Safari Montage - Safari Montage, accessible anytime/anywhere, houses thousands of videos and other educational content. Start thinking about your current college and career aspirations by exploring Safari Montage’s CPS webpage.

SOAR Library - Did you know that 389 schools have access to 13,558 audiobooks and ebooks with the CPS Soar Library system? Read biographies and memoirs about individuals who are working in careers you aspire to take on or research what it takes to achieve your college and career aspirations. Click here for more information about the SOAR Library.



Chicago City of Learning - Chicago City of Learning (CCOL) offers students and parents the opportunity to explore personal interests and enhance learning 24/7. Explore CCOL’s special Digital Learning Day playlists to get hands on with Digital Learning:  Check our CCOL’s Digital Learning Day student and parent playlists.

Booktrailer Bonanza - Department of Literacy: Libraries is hosting a month-long "Booktrailer Bonanza." CPS students are invited to create short videos that highlight a book they have read recently and can recommend to other students. Students must have a CPS school staff member submit approved videos on their behalf by completing a Google form. Read a book! Share a book! To find out more, visit the Library Science page on the Knowledge Center or reach out to library@cps.edu. Click here to see some of last year’s submissions.



The Future of Technology - Technology is rapidly changing. Share what you think technology will look like in the year 2025 to earn this special badge..



Have Questions?

Click here to learn more about the national celebration for Digital Learning Day. For anything related to local Digital Learning Day recommendations, contact Kaleena Narwani, Manager of Connected Learning Opportunities, via email at krnarwani@cps.edu or by phone at 773-553-3185.




Chicago Public Schools is pleased to participate in the national Digital Learning Day on February 5, 2014 for the 3rd year in a row. We believe every child deserves the opportunity to learn and engage in a rigorous, well-rounded instruction that includes a robust digital environment preparing them for success in college, career and life. This day we highlight many achievements taking place in our schools. In many CPS schools, teachers and students leverage the power of technology for teaching and learning in ways that a few years ago may not have seemed possible. Through the use of technology, students connect with experts beyond their school walls, access rich online content, engage in models and simulations, create content, collaborate for authentic purposes and build skills that empower participation in the workplace today and tomorrow.

Join with me to celebrate Digital Learning Day. Submit your student and teacher artifacts for us to showcase on the CPS and City of Chicago websites! We love to see any examples of student work including videos, websites, screencasts, podcasts and any other type of digital media. Teachers, we recognize you are creatively integrating technology and this is an opportunity to highlight and share the digital work that you're doing both for your students and for other teachers. Share any digital media that helps students or teachers learn!

We at CPS believe in the power of technology and encourage you to add your voice, share classroom-based activities by and for your students, and invite parents to get involved. A range of activities and events as simple or complicated as you like. You are welcome to use Digital Learning Day's interactive lessons, host a technology fair to showcase student work, or simply try something new that better integrates technology into good instructional practice. Check out the teacher toolkits for ideas. Regardless of your level of comfort with instructional technology, Digital Learning Day has something for everyone.

Rob Residori, Education Technology Manager

Here's how you and your students can get involved:

  1. Have your students share with others by submitting your student artifacts to the City of Chicago's website that showcase student-created digital works. This can be in the form of videos, audio, websites, screencasts - anything digital - but it must be student made. To submit, go to: destinationchicago.explorechi.org.

    While you're there, check out the great work that other students are submitting!

  2. Share with others by submitting your teacher artifacts that showcase teacher-created digital works. These artifacts can be anything digital that showcase how you use technology in your classroom or school. This can also be teacher created material that others can learn from, like tutorials or lesson ideas so we can all learn from you. To submit, go to:

  3. Learn from your colleagues from the recent Tech Talk by checking out their presentation materials. This website will be updated as handouts and session materials get collected. Be sure to take a look at our Ones to Watch Winners too!

  4. Visit the national Digital Learning Day website for lesson ideas, videos, challenges and more!

  5. Tell us how your school will be celebrating Digital Learning Day by submitting details to: edtoolstech@cps.edu. We may just come out to your school to visit!!

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