Wouldn’t it be great if students were active participants in their education? Most teachers would “amen” that. What if students were active participants in the education of other students? Responses to that question might range from “Amen, I guess?” to “What in the world are you talking about?” While educators are in the tall grass, searching for strategies to educate their students in ways that are simultaneously engaging, effective, and fun, the answers might be sitting in their classrooms.
The TechnoCats, McKinney High School’s student instructional technology team, have a goal: To help teachers teach better using technology. How do they do that? By listening. Answering questions. Giving advice based on their own experiences. Mostly, like any cog in a wheel, Doing Their Part. The TechnoCats have agreed to work with teachers on the kinds of authentic learning experiences that students will remember. I want our TechnoCats so engaged in planning sessions with teachers that they’re seen more as colleagues than students. They’re part of the process of designing great lessons and, therefore, designing learning.
Use the MHS TechnoCats website to schedule an appointment with the TechnoCats.
- Jason Braddy