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Stop, Collaborate and Listen: Enhancing Student Voice in the Active Classroom

Location: W180

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Sunday, June 24, 12:00–1:00 pm
Location: W180

Howard Bissell   Tiffany Miller   Jennifer Steiner  
People's Choice winner. It’s not just about the technology; the digital equity issue is deeper. It’s about what students can do with technology. In this session, teachers will build their toolkit of digital strategies to amplify student voice through grouping, collaboration and peer feedback, while supporting student growth in 21st century skills.

Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: A Google and Schoology account. (Free versions are okay.)
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Communication and collaboration
Grade level: 6-12
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
Creative Communicator
  • Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.
Global Collaborator
  • Students contribute constructively to project teams, assuming various roles and responsibilities to work effectively toward a common goal.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Learning Targets:
-I can engage in instructional grouping strategies.
-I can explore digital tools that facilitate communication and collaboration.
-I can participate in a variety of collaborative activities.
Tools: Padlet, Google Docs, Schoology, TodaysMeet, SeeSaw, Recap, Flipgrid

The session is focusing on instructional strategies that support communication and collaboration in the classroom. These strategies are based on the why. There are two levels of digital divide/equity- the “have and the have nots” divide, in others words you either had the technology or you don’t. The second level is schools, teachers, and students have the technology, they have the internet access---so why is there still a Digital Divide? “Where some local school districts are engaged in a kind of ed-tech arms race, just offering kids the latest-model laptop isn't enough. Instead, what distinguishes the most innovative schools is what students and teachers do with the technology they have. Parents want their children prepared to shape the future, not get steamrolled by it.” (EdWeek) So, today is about addressing the second level. (How often does tech sit untouched in your school? Are there real-world digital skills that your students are lacking? What are some examples?) Let’s look at the 21st Century Learner and Digital Literacy to go deeper with our “why.”

Models: Partner Discussions, Grouping for Active Processing, Paired Practice, Structured Grouping, Cooperative Projects, Peer Response Groups, Group Reflecting on Learning



5 minutes: Welcome
10 minutes: Learning Targets
10 minutes: Direct Instruction (The Why)
60 minutes: Rotations through Models listed above (The How)
10 minutes: Reflection
30-60 minutes (remaining time) Creation (The Now) -Participants get structured time to create using tools introduced in the rotations.

*Times can be adjusted depending on the presentation style.

Supporting research

Our world has changed drastically in the past 20 years and we have become a digital world. Our students are now labeled as “digital natives.” With all of this change, how has the technology in secondary classroom changed? (iPads, smart phones, Apple TVs, MacBooks, etc).

Even though our technology has changed, has teaching really changed? In there still a strong focus on direct instruction (lecture style) in our secondary classrooms? If so, does that serve our students? Do we have digital equity in our classrooms, or are we just part of the tech race?

This session will look at how to use some digital strategies to begin that shift from a teacher-centered classroom to a student-centered classroom, with an in depth look at the 21st century skill and digital literacy standard of communication and collaboration.

The strategies are based on the text “Organizing for Learning: Classroom Techniques to Help Students Interact within Small Groups” by Deana Senn and Robert J. Marzano.

Digital Equity Research:

Digital Equity for Learning:

Five Things Educators Should Know about Digital Equity (ISTE):

Digital Divide Student in Pittsburgh (Education Week):

Student-Centered Classroom Background Information:

Student-Centered Learning: It Starts with Teacher (Edutopia):

Student-Centered Learning (ISTE):

Student-Centered Learning Strategies:

Differentiated Learning (Frey):

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Howard Bissell, Lexington County School District One
Tiffany Miller, White Knoll High School
Jennifer Steiner, River Bluff High School

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