On May 15th, 2014 over 200 students from across Grand Erie met in Brantford to share their thoughts on the use of technology in their learning. In the morning students were asked to describe interesting/innovative ways technology was already being used in their classrooms. They were also asked about how they learn and how technology has changed their learning. In the afternoon students designed their own ideal learning environment and described what that would look like/sound like/feel like. Despite our students “breaking” the hotel’s WiFi in the morning, the day was a huge success. And I’d like to add, thanks to Grand Erie ITS Support Staff for rescuing the WiFi in the afternoon.
For the second year in a row, we had the great privilege of working with Will Richardson, who facilitated the event. Will has spent the last 12 years developing an international reputation as a leading thinker and writer about the intersection of online learning networks and education. He is an outspoken advocate for change in schools when it comes to the diverse new learning opportunities that the Web and other existing and emerging technologies offer our students. Throughout the day he shared his thoughts on the current and future state of learning in a world where students are more connected and have more access to information than ever before.
To learn more about what students shared at the Ed Tech Student Forum, check out Jen Faulkner’s website where all learning was documented throughout the day (including a live stream of the entire day) – http://bit.ly/gedsb-edtech.
For more information on Will Richardson or to hear more on his view of education and learning, check out his website, www.willrichardson.com and/or the video below of his TED talk in Australia.