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Amp it Up: Empower Student Engagement

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Explore and create : BYOD

Sunday, June 23, 8:30–9:30 am
Location: 118B

Jackie Heinzelmann   Megan Janes  
Students are actively learning when they are engaged with the content. Increasing student engagement will help build confidence in educators to put the responsibility of learning into their students' hands. We will demonstrate what works and share what other educators are doing.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Innovative learning environments
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Our students have become very proficient in “playing school”, but what is that preparing them for when they leave us? Studies show that students’ “boredom” increases as they progress through school. The purpose of this session is to introduce strategies and tools available to help increase student engagement, which will increase active learning and create problem solvers. We will use technology, as a tool, to aid in our mission of making learning engaging again. Our participants will leave with a solid understanding of the benefits of encouraging student voice and student ownership over learning. They will have the opportunity to create their own personal goals for implementing student engagement strategies in their classrooms. Participants will also experience the power of having a PLN and will have the opportunity to increase their own PLN during the session.

"Bored Out of Their Minds | Ed Magazine - Harvard Graduate School of ...." https://www.gse.harvard.edu/news/ed/17/01/bored-out-their-minds. Accessed 26 Sep. 2018.


Our presentation will highlight how student engagement increases active learning, and how it ties in with the 4C’s in education. We will use a Flipgrid, in which we reached out to educators in our PLN, to explain how they are using tools to increase student voice and engagement currently in their classrooms. We will take the participants through two separate pedagogies, from the student perspective, to demonstrate two tools. We will share where to find tools to engage students, and discuss how they can use these tools to increase student engagement. The activities they will be exposed to are the following:

4 C’s: Collaboration, Communication, Creation, Critical Thinking
Our goal is that once we provide some tools and strategies, and they hear from our PLN educators, they will begin to make goals for ways to increase student engagement in their classrooms, during the second half of the session. This could be time working on creating an activity, it could be time for discussions with educators in the room on what has worked for them, or it could be a time where we take questions and work through issues they foresee. It should be expected that participants are interacting with us on their devices and peer-to-peer interaction as well.

Supporting research

Research shows that “Student engagement refers to the degree of attention and interest children show when they are learning or being taught. Engaged students are more likely to perform well on standardized tests and are less likely to drop out of school, researchers from the National Association of Independent Schools found. We have also found that it is important to, “give students choice in strategies for mastery of concepts, instructional methods, and project topics―Research is clear that when students are given choice by educators, they feel more control over their learning and perceive the activities to be more important.

"Student engagement varies widely across Idaho - Idaho Education News." 25 Sep. 2018, https://www.idahoednews.org/news/student-engagement-varies-widely-across-idaho/. Accessed 25 Sep. 2018. "Educators' Powerful Role in Motivation and Engagement - Blogs." 18 Sep. 2018, https://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/work_in_progress/2018/09/educators_powerful_role_in_mot.html. Accessed 25 Sep. 2018.

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Jackie Heinzelmann, Hamilton County ESC
Megan Janes, Hamilton County ESC

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