Innovative Approaches to Student Engagement

Location: Room Hemisfair Ballroom 3

Listen and learn

[Listen and learn : Panel]

Tuesday, June 27, 2:45–3:45 pm
Location: Room Hemisfair Ballroom 3

Robert Pronovost   Nicholas Provenzano   David Saunders   Amber Teamann  
Find new and exciting ways to engage students as you listen to teachers from across the country share the innovative techniques they've discovered. You'll be challenged to think differently about engagement, and you'll have the chance to ask questions about student engagement in your classroom.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Innovative learning environments
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: Teachers : Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity
Students : Empowered learner
Students : Digital citizen

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of the panel is to give attendees more tools and ideas to support higher levels of student engagement in their classrooms. The panelists will discuss how they use Project Based Learning, Universal Design for Learning, the Maker Movement, tossed out grades, Gamification, amplified Student Voice, and innovative strategies to engage their students. Upon completion of this session, participants will: Have access to a collection of resources that support student engagement. Have a better understanding of the different strategies educators use to increase student engagement. Have grown their Professional Learning Network (PLN) to include more teachers that are passionate about Student Engagement. Have example lessons of student engagement projects to use in their own classrooms.


15 minutes of panel members sharing innovative approaches to student engagement.
5 minute discussion and reflection from participants in the audience.
20 minute break out groups to share how they might use the strategies shared by the panel in their classroom. Ideas would be collected in a digital space that all attendees would have access to after the session was over.
5 minute overall sharing from the group including fresh groups and mixes of people.
15 minutes attendee polling and Q and A.

Supporting research - Motivation, Engagement, and Student Voice - The 6 Key Drivers of Student Engagement Teaching with Technology: Creating Student Centered Classrooms - Brain Rules - How the Brain Learns - Making Thinking Visible - Technologies to Help Students Find Their Voice in Your Classroom It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens - Danah Boyd -



Robert Pronovost, San Mateo County Office Of Education

Nicholas Provenzano, University Liggett School

Nicholas Provenzano is a Technology Integration Specialist and Makerspace Director, education blogger, and nerdy Maker. He writes on his website,,, the ISTE blog, as well as other prominent educational websites. He was awarded the Technology Teacher of the Year by MACUL and ISTE. Nicholas is an Google Certified Innovator, TEDEd Innovative Educator, and a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator. Above everything else, he is just a nerdy teacher trying to make a difference in the classroom. You can find his newest book, Your Starter Guide to Makerspaces, online. Nicholas can be found tweeting plenty of nerdy ideas on Twitter at @TheNerdyTeacher

David Saunders, Greenwich Country Day School

Amber Teamann, Wylie ISD

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San Antonio

June 25-28, 2017

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