Student Voice Through A Student Panel Discussion

Our students shape how we as educators teach and grow within our classrooms every day. While we may have a curriculum to teach, it doesn’t mean there is only one way to teach it. The power of listening to student voice in our schools helps us to create meaningful, engaging and relevant learning for our students in an environment where they want to learn. Our students are the ones who truly sculpt the culture of our learning communities.

This year, #beyondlaptops will host a session on Friday April 17 focusing on student learning environments. We are excited to hear from students from a number of our participating schools in a panel discussion format. The students will join #beyondlatops participants through a Google Hangout to share their thoughts and opinions about their learning environments and how it impacts their learning.

The questions that will be explored and discussed by the students may include:

  • What types of spaces do students like learning in as a group? Individually?
  • What types of spaces do students like “hanging out in” as a group? Individually?
  • What are the characteristics of learning environments or opportunities that are engaging for you and invites you to learn?
  • What are the characteristics of learning environments or opportunities that are not so pleasant and engaging?
  • As learners of the 21st century, what are things that you want teachers to be aware of and understand?
  • How do students build and manage their digital identity since they started using social networks, Google Apps / Chrome, online tools provided by the school, etc.?

Following our student panel, #beyondlaptop participants will have the opportunity to discuss key takeaway points from the student discussion and how they can use this knowledge to impact our school learning environments and best support our students.

The student panel questions have been selected from what the #beyondlaptop participants shared through the participant survey. Thus, not only providing student voice to our students, but also voice to our participants. We look forward to learning from the students about how to best support them in the environments they help to develop and learn in.