Category Archives: Student voice

Posts about and conversations around empowering learners and the student voice.

Ways forward: One year on

What happens when a school isn’t working – for the learners, the community, and the teachers? Sometimes it’s a case of bringing in the broom, working with leadership, and then starting again. Gavin shared his story from the Board resigning, … Continue reading

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Me you us: Learning connections

Me, us, you – over time we make connections, grow and expand out thinking. Over time we come back together in groups to connect with people we know. The collaborations that develop from those connections can be incredibly powerful. Heather … Continue reading

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Reaching over 30 countries and 25 million learners: I can + design thinking

This inspirational video illustrates very clearly what an incredible responsibility we have as educators. A reaction can undermine a learner’s confidence, and leave them with an “I can’t response” if we’re not really careful. However, sometimes from set backs, great … Continue reading

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Opening up a dialogue and having a voice: Digital storytelling competition

Planet example (Photo credit: Wikipedia)  Details of the PoliCulturaEXPOMilano2015 were shared by Michael Barbour. PoliCulturaEXPOMilano2015 is a global competition where the “principal theme of the Exposition will be ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for life’”. “The idea is to open up a dialogue … Continue reading

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Student voice and meaningful engagement: What might this look like?

I live-blogged these notes during a session facilitated by Rachel McNae (University of Waikato). Rachel’s background and main area of interest is student voice, and one of the questions she asks is, what might this look like? Her session looked … Continue reading

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What are the most important issues for students and parents when it comes to satisfaction with Higher Eduction?

What are the most important issues for students and parents when it comes to satisfaction with Higher Eduction (HE)? This infographic (based on US data) highlights important factors, as well as providing some guidelines for improving the overall college experience. I … Continue reading

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Something practical for Christmas: 22 Google form templates

While the bigger questions around the meaning of education are engaging and 100% necessary, sometimes it is great to have someone create something really practical and immediately usable. Med Kharbach (of Educational Technology and Mobile Learning) has shared, just in … Continue reading

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It’s Time to Stop Letting Fear Interfere With Youth Online Freedom

Another gem from Cynthia Lieberman and Diana (the CyberWise team), It’s Time to Stop Letting Fear Interfere With Youth Online Freedom (by Larry Magid), is a well-expressed plea to not lock everything down and to enable young people to express … Continue reading

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Vital to education: Non-cognitive skills

  Depression 4 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I found Back to School (by the This American Life Team) an eye-opening podcast that makes a huge amount of sense. In part it asks, how much can we expect teachers to do? Awareness … Continue reading

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Designing learning spaces…some thoughts and resources

English: The media suite at Albany Senior High School, New Zealand. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) There is a growing interest in designing flexible learning spaces that will provide opportunities for students (of all ages) to learn in a space that best … Continue reading

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