This superintendent wanted to learn more about podcasting and signed up for a workshop at a local school. He knew, however, that the technology would probably be a bit over his head, so he invited one of his students to go along with him. Sure enough, within a short time, the superintendent was feeling overwhelmed, but “Travis” kept nodding his head reassuringly. When they left, Travis told him that everything was under control, and he’s since taken a lead role at getting podcasting going at the school. And the best part for the superintendent is that Travis is just a freshman. “I’ve found a tech mentor who will be here for three more years,” he said.I've been thinking about this some as well, although not so much from a conference or technology perspective. I've been wondering if there is any way to have more of a student presence at our sessions (and the sessions for cohort 2) next year. We had students come in briefly once this year (to talk about the fishbowl technique), but I'd like to find a way that they were more of a regular presence, not a special, one-time "presentation" like this year. I could see ways with variable scheduling that we could have students come if they have unscheduled time, but I think it would work better if there was a core group of students that were participating on a regular basis. They would get a better feel for the sessions and what we are trying to accomplish, and would probably feel more comfortable speaking up if they were "regulars." But I'm not quite sure how to arrange that without adversely affecting their schedules. Any ideas? I just think it would be great to have Molly and Shamita and Spencer and . . . well, all the students who have been making us think harder about what we do - be part of some of our discussions. We might also be able to use them - or different students - to help us with some of the tech pieces, but I'm more interested in their perspectives on the theory and practice pieces, not so much the tech tools.
So, instead of "Take Your Daughter to Work Day," we could have "Take Your Student to Staff Development Day." Maybe we could get Hallmark to make a card . . .
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