Increasing Student Voice

Last Saturday I was fortunate enough to present to administrators at Thames Valley's annual tech conference iCon12.  I offered to present on the topic of increasing student engagement and voice through video announcements.  Although I knew about video announcements I didn't pursue it for our school until one of our teachers came back from a PD session and thought it would be a great project.  So together we did a bit of research and costing for the project and put the plan into action.  We were able to fund the project from 4 areas:  School budget, District based ICT funds, a Home & School donation and a "Speak Up" grant from the Ministry of Education.  If you are interested in doing something similar at your school here are a few questions to consider. How will you fund the project?   Do you have a space that could act as your...
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Final Products

As promised in a blog I wrote on October 16th I have posted 2 videos from a recent video competition in Thames Valley.  The best part about about the final products you can view below weren't that they both were considered in the top 4 of submissions (which they were!) and they won't will blow your socks off with meaningful or deep content.  The best part of the projects are that the students can articulate how they can improve their final products next time and they are now excited about using technology as part of the writing process.  Enjoy. http://youtu.be/Qb7CUScYl2A   http://youtu.be/riDKtmikqok
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