Sunday, May 7, 2017

Connecting with the World: Giving Our Students a Voice.

We were very lucky to have Shannon Miller as a guest speaker for the Ed Tech and Design course.
Shannon is UNI graduate!  She is a former teacher librarian and technology integration specialist at Van Meter Community School District. She is now an international speaker that encourages young people and educators to have a voice while learning, creating, collaborating, and connecting with others globally. She speaks and consults around the country on education, librarianship, technology, social media, and making a difference in education and the lives of others. She is a Future Ready Librarians and Project Connect Spokesperson at Follett Corporation.; Buncee's Teacher Librarian Advisor and Cantata Learning's Teacher Librarian Advocate. She is also the author of the award-winning The Library Voice blog.

You may follow her on Twitter at

Before watching the lecture:

Open and analyze the International Society forTechnology in Education (ISTE) standards for teachers and students. ISTE standards provide a framework for learning, teaching and leading that is amplified by technology.

  • ISTE Standards for Students- emphasize the skills and qualities we want for students, enabling them to engage and thrive in a connected, digital world. 
  • ISTE standards for Teachers - define the new skills and pedagogical insights educators need to teach, work and learn in the digital age.

Bookmark these standards, we will be coming back to them throughout the course.

While watching the following lecture think:
  • Do you have skills and tools to give you and your future students a voice?
  • What can you do to make learning more meaningful and engaging?
  • Do you see an echo of ISTE standards in Shannon's teaching?

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