Wednesday, schools throughout the country celebrated National Digital Learning Day, a national campaign that calls attention to the various ways in which technology is used in the classroom to expand educational opportunities. Schools in Albemarle County also took part.
Monticello High School (MHS) experimented with a new type of tutoring program growing in popularity called "Skype for Education." While some students take part in this type of tutoring all the time, everyone got a chance to log in on Wednesday.
"It's like tutoring on demand," said Idamae Craddock, a librarian at MHS.
Treshaune Henderson says chemistry has been a constant struggle for him, but thanks to the tutoring sessions via Skype, he's back on track.
"It wasn't quite smooth sailing but I was able to relax a little bit because I knew that there was somebody there that would help me get through what I needed to get through in order to succeed," said Henderson, an MHS senior.
Digital volunteers from all across the country, with a range of expertise, help students resolve questions or issues they are having in class from the other side of the computer screen.
"Anything from calculus to algebra two to chemistry to world history and government, it's been across the board," said Craddock.
Not only did the students learn, they also did some teaching of their own. MHS students read poems to students at Cale Elementary School via Skype.
While Digital Learning Day is packed with online learning, many at MHS say every day is a day to utilize technology in the classroom.
"It's the hook that gets them engaged and gets them learning and gets them producing, and our goal is to have them communicate within the school, within the community, globally," said head librarian at MHS Joan Ackroid.
MHS students throughout the school practiced digital learning skills Wednesday, not just in the library. Students in cooking classes used YouTube to record themselves cooking and uploaded the videos for the public.
To learn more about National Digital Learning Day click here.