Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Student Agency, Student Voice, and the Maker Movement

We are especially excited for the Connected Educator Month theme that we are focusing on this week. In part because last week, the Office of eLearning sponsored Sylvia Martinez, co-author of Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering and Engineering in the Classroom at the Indiana Connected Educators annual conference. Martinez presented the keynote, A Global Revolution Goes to School: The Maker Movement, at a special pre-conference event and led workshops the following day. Attendees fully immersed themselves in the Maker experience! We could see that since we hosted the book club last spring, that the Maker Movement is growing across the state.

Another big part of the excitement stems from our office launching the Hoosier Student Digital Leaders program as part of our celebration of Digital Citizenship Week. The Hoosier Student Digital Leaders (HSDL) is designed to be a network for school programs that provide students the opportunity to develop digital leadership skills in technology integration and innovation by assisting their school community with technology support and through positive models of digital citizenship. And today, we announce the first annual Digital Media Festival as part of the HSDL program! This year's theme is cyberbullying.

Continuing with the theme of Student Agency, this week's #INeLearn Twitter Chat topic is "How do teachers encourage students to monitor their academic progress in a 1:1 environment?" Our 1:1 coach moderator, Keshia Seitz is collaborating with guest co-moderator @education_geek to lead this conversation. If you cannot make the chat, you can always find the archives on our #INeLearn board.

Our Pinnovation Boards for this week include:
Blogging with Students or on Your Own

Maker-Movement, Programming, and Coding

Hoosier Student Digital Leaders

Bullying Prevention Education

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