How did we get here? How did we [the education system] create such a disconnection between how teens spend their time outside of the classroom and the learning materials and experiences we often give them?
While we may recognize the power of social media we may not always know how to harness this power. Teachers aren’t always good at ‘giving up’ control and policy may not allow flexibility, healthy boundaries guidelines, or positivity.
I love this collection of resources about getting shifting the perspective of responsible use policies to teacher empowered student use.
This week’s material was particularly engaging and one I will continue to reflect on as I plan for next year. The video below brings to life a solution to this dicotomy.
“We have to get rid of our fear, we have to go beyond this overriding need for control of everything that they do, we have to focus more on empowerment.”Extracurricular empowerment: Scott McLeod at TEDxDesMoines
Scott McLean illustrations effective learning environments as robust technology-infused places, where students do meaningful work, and where we get out of their way and let them be amazing.
I love that: get out of their way and let them be amazing. I do find at my current school we allow student voice and opportunity to grow into leaders. Our current leadership listens to ideas and with proper rationale, is flexible toward change.
Take a look at our current policy, mostly make public, about social media usage guidelines. Positively speaking, we think of responsible usage policy as a community effort. Shifting wording to be more positive and reader-friendly could be areas of improvement. I’ve love to form a task force to revamp this. I note with appreciation, teachers have been asked feedback regarding this agreement about our entire operations manual.
One project I’ve added to my curriculum that has organically empowered students to use social media is the 20Time Project, inspired by teacher Laura Randazzo. You can find the complete download for FREE here.
We just wrapped up students’ presentations last week and I had a variety of excellent work. Students created video games, blogs, make-up and food tutorial videos, etc.
Moving forward, I want to create more empowered student use policies and culture in the classroom and help others teacher do the same.
How can I continue to help students thrive in a participatory culture?