On Friday, February 10th, 2017 over 275 students and 50 teachers arrived at Ponoka Secondary Campus for the 3rd iteration of Youth Tech Nation (YTN), a student led technology integration conference. This means that students were presenting to students and this year, even the keynote speaker was a student!
As part of the organizing committee, it was exciting to see students so engaged and excited throughout the day. Witnessing students take ownership and lead one or more sessions all day was the most gratifying part because that is the purpose of YTN.
Although the focus of Youth Tech Nation is on technology integration in schools the purpose of the conference is to give students the opportunity to share and lead on topics or ideas that they are passionate about. In some cases there were students at YTN who may not always get an opportunity to be a leader and here they were presenting to their peers and teachers. The power of student leadership is evident in schools across Wolf Creek, from student leadership clubs/classes, to student tech teams, to students creating/presenting morning announcements, to participating in the upcoming Alberta Student Leadership Conference at Ecole Lacombe Composite High School.
Providing opportunities for students to take on leadership roles, whether it be big or small, empowers students to build and develop effective communication skills, work collaboratively with peers and work on problem solving and conflict resolution skills. Students who presented at Youth Tech Nation definitely experienced the opportunity to work on their leadership skills. Presenters at Youth Tech Nation worked in teams, on their own time, to build and practice their presentations, they took pride in their work to make sure they were giving the best presentation they possibly could and they had FUN! The majority of student feedback we received was students wanting to present again next year or students who were attending only excited and wanting to present next year. Students want to lead, but they need teachers, parents, and peers to support them and guide them so they can be successful. It is important for us, as teachers, to encourage and support our students to lead whether it be at YTN or any other opportunity that arises! That being said, Youth Tech Nation is a great opportunity for that to happen so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for next year’s dates!
Hapara Workspaces Update
Recently you may have noticed that Hapara Workspaces looks slightly different lately. An update has been released that focuses around the functionality of the Workspace sidebar. Below you will find the official Hapara release:
IXL has been added to the Always Learning site!
If you happen to get the WeVideo updates and newsletter you would have seen some awesome updates to WeVideo. The first and most notable update is WeVideo JumpStart™, Jumpstart allows you to edit media (videos, images, etc) that you upload instantly. Previously, you would have to wait until your media uploaded to start editing it. If nothing else, this is a time saver for students and teachers alike building in WeVideo.
The other big update is to the resources that WeVideo provides. The latest addition to their resources are specifically for educators. There is an entire page giving examples of how WeVideo can/has been used for learning in the classroom, everything from research projects, to short plays, to interviews and newscasts. There are examples of WeVideo used from Kindergarten to Grade 12, here are a couple from the site below. Click here to check out the educator resources from WeVideo.
Collaborate With WeVideo
One of the nice things about our district license is the access to WeVideo pro accounts. One of the biggest benefits of this pro account aside from longer videos is the ability to collaborate on a project. Students can work together uploading and editing videos for a single collaborative project, alleviating the issue of one student doing all the work and/or one or more students watching while one student works.
If you are just getting started or a WeVideo pro looking for some other functions of WeVideo, check out the WeVideo resource page on this site by clicking here.
Examples of WeVideo in WolfCreek
Over the last month or so, I have had the opportunity to work with or watch a couple of different teachers using WeVideo in their classroom. Mrs. Eadie at Rimbey Elementary School was using green screens and WeVideo to create commercials (unfortunately I don't have any examples of this one), they were awesome! I also got the chance to work with Mrs. Tomyn at Iron Ridge Junior Campus, she had her students creating Book Trailers of their favourite book. Here's what they created. If you have examples of using WeVideo we would love to see them and share them! Feel free to pass on your examples and a small explanation of what the project was about so we share.
We look forward to hearing from you!
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