- What had changed?
- How had we grown?
- Where were we shifting our practices?
Through reflection we were reminded of an English I team meeting where we asked the question “How can we do this differently?” We realized we didn’t need to create “an experience” for the Student Tech Conference, we had something we could share that was powerful. The project that our English 1 team had designed with 1:1 technology made it possible to combine different modes of communication (e.g. words, art, audio) to share an idea, making words more powerful. Our students decided they wanted to show how a static essay could come to life and have a totally different impact on an individual when transformed into a multi-modal project.
The multi-modal essays that our students shared can be viewed here. I encourage you to watch at least one of them and see the power that multi-media brings to the written word. A huge shout out to Kelli Tomlinson, @MsTomilnson, for sharing her students products and working with our students to present at the conference. She’s a courageous educator, ready to innovate and take risks to change what learning looks like in her classroom. It was a privilege to work with her and her students. I suggest following her if you aren’t already!
Check out the HISD Together With Tech Student Conference Website and see how the leaders in our district structured our event. Your district or school might be able to create a similar experience and celebrate the innovation that is happening where you are!
Change is hard and it’s good to have a reason to step back and reflect on progress and what’s working!