Student Voice, Choice, and Collaboration

Student Voice, Choice, and Collaboration


(children chattering over each other) – Thank you, board president. I would like the board and the
rest of the people watching at home to meet one of the
future leaders of our country. (audience applauding) This is Ryan Fernandez,
he’s in the fifth grade. (calm techno music) – So I would like to explain
what this means to me, because everything you can do
with Office 365 is amazing. You can have things organized with Teams. You can have folders with
different subjects in it, and you can Skype with other
kids, but for learning. – Where you have to solve
things and figure things out. Let’s go to Teams, open
up those computers. (drums playing) – This initiative spans
multiple departments and brings people together
in a very collaborative way. We need to address learning
for all of our students. Teacher choice is absolutely essential. Our district also understands how important student choice is. – [Ryan F] We’re using blended learning, and technology can help
us through everything. I can be able to help other people. – [Ryan C] Ryan had some
difficulties at the beginning of the year with behavior and
him being in this environment where he gets to make a
lot of his choices helped calm him down and give him
that confidence that he needs. It’s a game changer with regard to me being able to meet their
needs specifically. They’re able to drive
their own instruction and that results in not
only higher achievement, but greater student buy-in. – [Female Teacher] I love
Teams, because they can build on each other and learn from each other, and so they’ll explore a little bit more. It’s just connecting to students at the place that they’re at. – [Female Teacher] I would
suggest educators really jump on board with technology because
their students are ready. They’re ready to take off. – Students have to be part of
giving feedback to the system. That’s a rich experience that can be done when you get data fast and you surface it in graphs and bubbles and
creative ways and colors so that students are engaged. – [Male Teacher] We all
know each other’s data, so we could raise the scores or remediate any weaknesses we have. – [Ryan C] When we teach our teachers how to engage their voice,
we want that to be applied in the classroom as well. When the students’ experiences are driving the core of why we do what we do, then the meaning is always there. – [Ryan F] People are gonna
end up having technology everywhere and you’ll be able
to have a deep discussion. We’ll have people trying
to learn more and more. (audience applauding) – I just wanna say, Ryan,
from one Ryan to another, you’re hired to train our
teachers and to come train me.

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