The Summer of eLearning made its southern-most stop this week in Evansville for the eRevolution Conference. With more than 250 sessions, eRev boasted plenty of content-specific presentations and a strong focus on student leadership.
Piktochart, a free tool her students use to build their infographics.
One of the highlights of eRev was the use of student voice. Douglas Johnson, environmental science teacher at New Tech Institute High School (NTI), brought 5 of his students to talk about their project around the driving question: How can we reduce energy consumption at New Tech and lower the cost of energy? Using the EVSC's Conservation for Education Program as a model, the students adopted classrooms at NTI then worked with those classroom teachers to come up with ways to save energy. They then gathered and monitored data using Google Docs and presented their findings.
on Liberating Genius. The participants in this session were
administrators from around the EVSC and Indiana! Angela pushed and
challenged our thinking to what it means to truly empower and value our
students and their genius. What are we doing in our classrooms to
unleash the passion and talents of our students? Do you “lead out”? What
are your expectations for talents and knowledge to be shared and
honored? Genius will not show up if you don’t expect it. Notice It.
Value It. Expect It!!
Adora Svitak. The amazingly confident Svitak is an advocate for students to have more say in guiding their own learning. She insisted that the "student/teacher relationship must be a two-way street. We must both be able to teach and learn. We must both be creators of content." She ended by encouraging teachers to take a pledge to honor student voice in their classrooms.