Five Reasons Why Students Should Run Your Class
Listen and learn : Lecture
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 Tract.app.
|Audience:||Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Teachers, Curriculum/district specialists|
|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 Tract.app on their phones or computers and then also access teach.tract.app 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|
|Subject area:||Language arts, Performing/visual arts|
|ISTE Standards:||For Educators:
|Additional detail:||Student presentation|
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: Tract.app 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: https://newseumed.org/resources-for-everyone
Evidence of success: https://thecampanile.org/ https://verdemagazine.com/
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 TRACT.app
Possible contest for audience.
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.
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 Tract.app (2020) an innovative way to empower students