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Meaningful Student Voice: What happens when student work goes public (and digital)?

Browse recordings: livestream.com/educon7

When:
Session One: Saturday 10:00am–11:30am
Where:
Room 301
Who:
Meenoo Rami, Abby Baker, Ted Domers, Chuck Poole & Trey Smith
Affiliation: Franklin Learning Center and Philadelphia Writing Project
Conversational Focus/Audience:
All School Levels
Conversation Description:

In order for students to feel a sense of agency around their learning, their voice must be a meaningful part of the process. This conversation will explore different methods that we have utilized student voice to inform our practice and our observations to the revelations on student learning that we extracted as a result. We have found that as we have provided our students opportunities to take their work public through wikis and blogs and reflect on the process of their work, they have demonstrated a willingness and excitement to involve themselves with the work. We have further noticed that this deep engagement leads to insight and thoughtfulness that we may not elicit from our students if we used a more traditional teacher-centered pedagogy.

Our pedagogy invites students to make meaning of our content, share it with our community, and receive feedback to further develop their learning. We ask our students to construct their own meaning of the work, and also reflect on their learning process to develop a deeper meta-cognitive awareness. Through blogs and wikis, we have a medium that enables students to experience this through this shared space. As a result, student voice becomes meaningful in directing our teaching practice and their learning.

In order to explore and share our work, we aim to create a conversation that builds upon the axioms of EduCon that allows participants to recognize the importance of this work and make connections to research in the field and their own education practice.

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