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Student Sessions Steal The Show At ISTE

24 Jul 2014 by Heather Breedlove

The student poster sessions were the one of the favorites to attend at ISTE. Over 16,000 people at ISTE this year listened to students present on their projects.

It’s the ultimate in project based learning: students discovering a problem, develop public awareness for the problem through blogs, social media, and other forms of publication, then present their project and findings to the world. The student poster sessions allow students a unique opportunity to stand beside other adults presenting, sharing their knowledge with others.

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7th and 8th grade student bloggers for the Guachimontones website

As I headed into the crowd, their smiling faces grabbed my attention and drew me away from the poster session I had on my schedule. The boys eagerly explained about Guachimontones, an archaeological site found in the central valleys of the state of Jalisco, Mexico. These middle school student bloggers from Liceo Del Valle in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, created a website to create awareness and provide a means to preserve it for future generations.

Learn more about this intriguing archaeological site:

Guachimontones Website

6th grader from Rock Quarry Middle School presents about global collaboration projects

6th grader from Rock Quarry Middle School presents about global collaboration projects

I must admit, the cute globe keychain swag drew me in. Eight ways to learn around the world presented by students? I was sold. Mrs. Ramsay’s 6th grade class may be from Tuscaloosa, Alabama but they have moved beyond their classroom walls with various global collaboration projects through the year. In one project, students connected through Skype, Today’s Meet, Twitter and Kidblog for Global Read Aloud day.

Learn more about other global collaboration projects:

Learning Around the World in 8 Ways

Centro Escolar Yaocalli students show ways to make a change in the community

Centro Escolar Yaocalli students show ways to make a change in the community

Students at Centro Escolar Yaocalli in Tlalpan, Mexico City, Mexico searched for ways to positively affect public opinion through technology about a variety of issues. Students explored ways infographics and other digital tools can help change public opinion in the topics such as access to potable water or access for higher education. The girls used tablets and graphics to interact with conference attendees, discussing the results of their research on chosen social initiatives.

What a powerful learning experience for the students who presented at ISTE. How can schools give students a similar experience on their own campus? By giving students a voice and way to connect with the community, schools are redefining the learning process for students. Student-led and student focused, students become the stars of the show.

Ways students can be the stars of the show:

  • Blogging
  • Global collaboration activities
  • Science fairs
  • Living history museums
  • District technology conference

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