Wyoming Digital Learning Plan February 2021 Newsletter

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Welcome to the Digital Learning Plan (DLP) monthly newsletter

This newsletter will explore the Wyoming DLP, its goals, and suggested strategies to ensure equitable access to opportunities and success in postsecondary, career, and civic life.

Digital Learning Plan Implementation

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

This month’s focus is the DLP Future Ready Framework gear Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. The goals of this gear are:

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  • Provide a common understanding of what students should know, understand, and be able to do specific to digital learning and digital citizenship.
  • Technology is used to gather and utilize data to inform educators and students with personalized instruction.
  • Educators use instructional practices that shift their role to be facilitators of learning.

Digital Learning Day

2021 Digital Learning Day - February 25 (Together we're better, Together we're Future Ready)

Digital Learning Day Resources

The Digital Learning Day website includes links for educators to share their classroom digital learning resources and to explore resources provided by others. In recognition of Digital Learning Day 2021, the WDE invites Wyoming educators to explore the resources available and consider posting some of their own. Among the resources available, there are digital learning guides provided by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology.

Teacher Digital Learning Guide 

The Teacher Digital Learning Guide provides support to teachers in four key areas:

  1. Access, Digital Citizenship & Safety, and Privacy & Security: Empowering students with the mindsets and skills needed to responsibly use devices and meaningfully, safely, and securely engage in digital learning. 
  2. Personalize Learning for Students: Meeting individual students’ needs through EdTech supported personalized learning. 
  3. Collaborate with Parents and Families to Support Students: Engaging parents as full partners in their child’s success and connect with students in a virtual, hybrid, or in-person learning environment. 
  4. Teacher Professional Learning and Well-Being: Building pathways to continually learn and refine strategies for using technology to its fullest potential.

School Leader Digital Learning Guide 

The School Leader Digital Learning Guide is designed to provide resources and recommendations for leaders in an array of circumstances, including: 

  • Leaders with students and teachers who are experiencing digital learning in school facilities or remotely.
  • Leaders for whom digital learning presents transformative or incremental change for their students. 
  • Leaders of a school, a school system, an education provider, or a function that supports digital learning.

Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide

The Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide is designed to help parents or caregivers understand important approaches for using technology in a way that focuses on the needs of the student. The guide provides resources and information to assist parents and caregivers working with their students, their students’ teachers, and school leaders to understand digital learning and prepare their students for success.

Professional Development Opportunities

  • Clever Panda Program - Free online course designed to help Canvas users take their knowledge to the next level and earn the title of Clever Panda.* 
  • ISTE Certification Training - WDE-sponsored International Society for Technology in Education Certification for Educators training for 100 Wyoming teachers.*
  • Open Educational Resources - Free, open enrollment online course about open education resources; class is available to all Wyoming educators. Check out Open Range Wyoming for open education resources created and vetted by a professional group of Wyoming teachers. In partnership with UWYO and aligned with OER, the WDE would like to highlight the outstanding Learning Actively Mentoring Program (LAMP). LAMP Roadshow.
  • Quality Matters - WDE-sponsored workshops or virtual courses on developing and delivering quality online content available to all Wyoming educators at no cost.*
  • Quality Matters Teaching Online Certificate - Series of seven workshops focused on effective online teaching practices sponsored by the WDE available to all Wyoming educators at no cost.*
  • Wyoming Digital Learning Guidelines Course - Free, open enrollment online course about using education technology in the classroom available to all Wyoming educators.*

*Eligible or available for PTSB approved virtual education credit.

Contact Information

For more information on the Wyoming Digital Learning Plan or the Future Ready Framework, contact Robin Grandpre at 307-777-5315 or robin.grandpre1@wyo.gov