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Digital Learning Day - February 1, 2012

The first Digital Learning Day was celebrated across the nation February 1, 2012. The purpose of the day is to recognize and promote innovative teaching and learning through engaging digital media and technology. Here in Colorado Digital Learning Day events included a comments from Lt. Governor Joe Garcia, a proclamation from Governor Hickenlooper, a national town hall meeting, comments from National Online Teacher of the Year Kristen Kipp, and students sharing how technology and teachers help them learn.

In recognition of Digital Learning Day, the Governor's Office and the Colorado Cyberschool Association sponsored a Digital Learning Day Essay Contest in which participants wrote on the topic, "How Digital Learning Has Impacted My Life". A panel of judges used a rubric to score the essays in a blind process where student and school information were removed from the essays. Winners of the essay contest were:

Elementary Division:   Kiana Montoya (COVA)
Middle School Division:   Sean Smith (COVA)
High School Division:   Natasha Rodriquez (OLA)

Chris Ellis, Coordinator of Community Partnerships for Governor Hickenlooper and Lieutenant Governor Garcia noted, "We appreciate your thoughtful essays and enjoyed reading about the impact digital learning has had on your lives. It is clear, through your essays, that digital learning as given you the necessary resources to excel as a student."

The winners will receive recognition at the Colorado Cyberschools Day at the Capitol, February 23, 2012.