Digital Wave – Students on Tech

This has been a remarkably productive and enjoyable week of professional development. Special kudos to those brave and incredibly PATIENT students who were on the other side of the help desk, helping us get up to speed on their favorite tools.

Hands on work, lots of time to practice, good company and able, caring facilitators and teachers are the best elements in a successful PD experience. They have all been readily available! (Head Librarian)

I thank you for all your support! What sources of information you were for me, as well as for the participants. Your ability to jump right into any situation… you were eager, polite, and so friendly.… each and every participant thanked me over lunch, telling me how wonderful you two were, and wondering how RCDS had such nice kids…with fabulous backgrounds in technology. (3rd Grade Teacher and Facilitator at our Smart Board Conference)

…thank her for empowering our students. Yesterday’s student sessions were amazing. I learned so much about Twitter, Pulse Pen, I-Phones, Facebook, etc. We have an incredible number of incoming 9th graders [and 10th graders] who are going to amaze you with their knowledge of technology! The world is ever changing…use our students to help adapt to all the changes. You won’t be sorry. The students are so easy to work with and they enjoy helping. (US Math Teacher)

These students were/are AMAZING!!!!! I went home thinking a few things: Like, why are they still in school when they could easily be running their own corporations, and …how can we keep up with them? …and…we have much to learn about the world of tomorrow from them! Thank you, I loved every minute of learning from you!! (MS Learning Specialist)

Thanks…for recruiting and organizing this talented group. I attended Monday’s workshops and came away with a better understanding of how students are using and enjoying technology. These students piqued my interest in expanding my own use of the internet and technology. Thanks to everyone for all the time you put into preparing and presenting your technology insights. (Art Department Head)

I attended some of the Monday workshops and am totally impressed with the students’ knowledge as well as their poise and superior pedagogical skills. They were amazingly patient, knowledgeable, interesting, relevant, intellectually curious, and with-it. I want to sign up for any future workshop that may be offered by our students. (LS Learning Specialist)

Well, the faculty reviews above should give you a glimpse into the reception of our faculty to the Students on Tech sessions this past Monday. Seven students kicked off Digital Wave by sharing their favorite apps with faculty in thirty minute sessions. The goal was not to proselytize, but rather to answer the question “Why I use this app (or tool)?” and give a brief demo of it. In addition to the applications already mentioned, students covered Google Docs, Tech Tips (an in-house podcast created by one of the students), iChat, and blogging.

I am so proud of these students, who presented like professionals and managed to model best practices of presenting, sharing some impressive slides that would make Garr Reynolds quite happy. (I think that some of the students may have learned their presentation skills from years of watching Steve Jobs keynotes.) ;-)

As if Monday didn’t keep them busy enough, these students returned on Tuesday, along with three others, to assist in our hosting of a Smart Board Conference. More on that tomorrow!

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2 thoughts on “Digital Wave – Students on Tech

  1. synapsesensations Post author

    Hi Kara,

    Thanks for your comment. I am a huge fan of Garr’s blog and book. Presentation Zen has a primary spot on my book shelf, as it gets pulled off on a frequent basis.

    I am contemplating the purchase of the DVD to share with students at school. I teach computer classes and have long since wanted to find a way to teach the students about design in a way that would keep their interest. (They often just want to get right into their computers.) I follow just Garr and Nancy Duarte, and I’m sure you can appreciate why :-)

    Cheers,
    Laurie

  2. Kara

    Thank you for mentioning Garr in your post. I work for Peachpit Press and thought you and your readers might be interested in knowing that he just released his first online streaming video, Presentation Zen: The Video, where he expands on the ideas presented in his book and blog. More info can be found here:

    http://tr.im/lFvO

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