Student Led EdTech Summit Inspires

Last June, over 150 students were inspired by a team of young Tech Brand Ambassadors at F.D Roosevelt Public School’s EdTech Summit. The summit’s leaders, whose age ranged from 7-9 years, led workshops on technology for learning.

“Our goal for the EdCamp was to give students an opportunity to share their knowledge and to provide them with leadership opportunities,” says Kiersten Wrona, Teacher at F.D. Roosevelt. The week-long event, which kicked off with an assembly featuring Tech Brand Ambassadors, was entirely organized and led by the young leaders.

To be chosen as a Tech Brand Ambassador, students submitted a digital video application. Students were then selected to represent a tech tool that would be featured at the kick-off. The chosen ambassadors were responsible for designing a presentation that was shared during the kick-off Demo Slam assembly.

The EdCamp workshops were also completely organized by the Grade 3/4 students. Each day, attendees learned from their peers about a different tool, then had the opportunity to create with the tool with the help of the student leaders. Workshops included Stop-motion using Google Slides, Flipgrid, Green Screen, Google Sites portfolios, Apple Clips videos, and Google Expeditions. The following week, an additional day was added for Family EdCamp, where students shared their technology experiences with their families.

According to Wrona, students flourished. “The Grade 3/4 students who led the summit demonstrated increased confidence during and after the event, and many of them are now known as the tech crew in their new classrooms. Participants also benefited as they were quick to pick up on the skills learned during the workshops and have been able to use those tools this year in their classroom.”

 


 

Examples of how technology is being used at F.D. Roosevelt Public School to support student learning:

  • Kindergarten classes have been using Beebots, Ozobots, and Dash Robot to support Robot Inquiry.
  • Grade 1 students are discussing their read aloud books with a class in North Carolina through Google Hangouts as part of Global Read Aloud.
  • Grade 3 students use Flipgrid videos in math to allow students to explain their thinking and to identify possibly misconceptions. Students are learning to leave positive digital footprints by ensuring their words are helpful and respectful. 
  • Grade 3 classes created a collaborative descriptive story using Google Slides.
  • Grade 3 students created Google Sites portfolios to document their learning throughout the year and used Sites as a presentation tool during inquiry projects.
  • Grade 3 students created Google Slides stop-motion stories as literacy (anti-bullying social stories), science (depiction of forces in daily life), and math stories (creating a story behind a word problem). 
  • Grade 3/4 students coded Ozobots on top of a green screen to demonstrate a plant's life cycle. 
  • Grade 5 students researched a human organ system, coded their information into Scratch, and used Makey Makey to create an interactive model of their system.
  • Grades 1-5 are using the math program Dreambox.
  • Grade 6 students have used Google Expeditions Virtual Reality to connect to their class read aloud novel (to see inside a refugee camp) and then later used the app for descriptive writing linked to biodiversity in science.

 

 

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