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Five Reasons Why Students Should Run Your Class

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Weber Lin  
Ari Memar  
Dr. Esther Wojcicki  
Adora Zheng  

What happens when you put kids in control of the classroom? Join award-winning teacher, author and journalist Esther Wojcicki along with two generations of her students as they share the secret sauce behind what makes a student-directed classroom engaging, skill-building and impactful. Learn about her new venture

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Teachers, Curriculum/district specialists
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: They should load the main site which is on their phones or computers and then also access on their computer or device, The latter has information specifically for teachers to sign up and request free access to the app for their classes. The code word is ISTE, if requested.
Topic: Innovative learning environments
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Language arts, Performing/visual arts
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Shape, advance and accelerate a shared vision for empowered learning with technology by engaging with education stakeholders.
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Empower educators to exercise professional agency, build teacher leadership skills and pursue personalized professional learning.
Additional detail: Student presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Purpose of presentation: to show the power of giving kids control of their learning at least 20% of the time
Objective: to give examples to teachers and explain the pedagogy and methodology for implementing a student directed classroom. Participants will take away ideas for how to set up their own student directed classroom
Technology intervention: is a student created, student directed app that empowers kids grades 4-12.
Models employed: student publications, newspapers, magazines, radio, podcast, TV, videos
Lesson plans available in my book Moonshots in Education (2015) and the Freedom Forum:
Evidence of success:


Content and activities: presentation of a self directed classroom
real world examples of how it works. Presentation of T.R.I.C.K.
Long term impact example: student who graduated in 2006 Ari Memar
Recent impact:example: student who graduated in 2020 Adora Zhang
Teacher: Esther Wojcicki, 40 yrs experience
Time speaking: 30 minutes total: 10 minutes for each speaker Plus 30 minutes for other activities involving the audience including Q & A.
Process: peer to peer interaction and cell phone interaction with
Possible contest for audience.

Supporting research

The research is in my two books: Moonshots in Education, Launching Blended Learning in the Classroom (2015) and How to Raise Successful People, Simple Lessons for Radical Results (2019, 2020). I am also cited in over 100 research papers listed on Academia on the power of blended learning and student self directed learning involving projects. Just search my name.

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Weber Lin,
Ari Memar, Tract
Dr. Esther Wojcicki,
ISTE Certified Educator

Esther Wojcicki is famous for three things: teaching a high school class that has changed the lives of thousands of kids, inspiring Silicon Valley legends like Steve Jobs, and raising three daughters who have each become famously successful. What do these three accomplishments have in common? They are the result of TRICK, Esther’s secret to raising successful people: Trust, Respect, Independence, Collaboration, and Kindness. Simple lessons, but the results are radical. She is the author of best seller How to Raise Successful People (May, 2019); co founder of (2020) an innovative way to empower students

Adora Zheng, Tract

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