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Saturday, December 5, 11:30 am–12:15 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)
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Changing Our Elasticity

Tisha Poncio  
Deborah Zeman  

We've created a team of students that are empowered to be student leaders who support their peers, teachers, and administrators with 1:1 technology. Learn how we put this team together from start to finish and hear from the students on their experience, training, and learning.

Audience: Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators, Library media specialists
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Student agency, choice & voice
Grade level: 9-12
Subject area: Career and technical education
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
Global Collaborator
  • Students contribute constructively to project teams, assuming various roles and responsibilities to work effectively toward a common goal.
Empowered Learner
  • Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Students CAN lead in your district! The Associated Press ran an article about “student geek squads" and how these groups are meeting district goals to acquire skills in global learning, real-world applications, and the 4Cs that will make them employable: creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration. This session will share specific tools, documents, books, and other strategies used to empower student autonomy. Students not only learn technology, how it works and how to use it in a classroom setting, but they also learn leadership, communication, design principles, and the importance of quality customer service. They run their own departments: Educator Relations, Content Creation, Public Relations, and Help Desk.


studentsCANlead: Cultivating a Student-Led Culture
I. Why
A) Real World/Real-Time Problem Solving
B) 4Cs of 21st-Century Learning
C) Authentic Learning
D) Building Relationships
II. What:
A) ISTE Standards
B) Principles of IT Techs
C) Student Core Values
III. How
A) Create to Produce
B) Level 1 Google Educator Certification
C) Emerging Technologies
D) Student Ambassadors
E) Youth Leadership Training
F) Digital Portfolios/Resumes
IV. Who
A) 9-12 students; any technology level

Supporting research

AP Article:

CISD SWAT Youtube Channel:

Jennifer Casa-Todd Podcast #Social Ledia

Digital Learning Radio Podcast:

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Tisha Poncio, Wakelet

M.S. Learning Technologies/Instructional Design • #GoogleET • Creator of #studentsCANlead and @cisdSWAT • Ambassador of @Flipgrid @Wakelet @Buncee •

Deborah Zeman, Coppell ISD

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