“Create engaging work so that the kids can be successful,” shared Dr. Roland Rios in his intro to the panel. What a delight it was to moderate a panel of talented students from Fort Sam Houston ISD’s Cole High School at the Google 20 Area Summit earlier today (10/27/2012)! I’m grateful that Dr. Roland Rios (shown below) thought enough of me to allow me to ask a few questions he’d prepared in advance (smile), and interact with such vivacious, enthusiastic young adults.
|Dr. Roland Rios, TCEA Area 20 Director and Google20 Summit Organizer
His welcome to the Summit is included in this podcast. Listen for his explanation of
the UnConference sessions.
The twitter stream, IMHO, captured many of the fabulous insights these students shared but if you missed that, then you’re in for a real treat as you listen to them respond to some straightforward questions. Some of their best responses came when I opened up the floor to the audience, and those folks shared their questions!
Here are the questions–with some minor modifications and follow-ups excluded–I asked the students, and you’ll want to listen to the podcast for their responses, as well as the audience-contributed questions:
Do you use the internet more as a tool for consuming information or for creating content? What are some of your favorite Web 2.0 tools? The internet gives us the ability to collaborate with others virtually. What do see as a benefit to online collaboration (as opposed to face-to-face collaboration? What do see as a drawback? There are teachers who are reluctant to design work that includes technology because of their own perceived lack of technology skills. What words of wisdom would you offer those teachers that might make them more comfortable in integrating technology? In today’s technology rich world, access to information is easy and instantaneous. So, what kind of work (that would meaningful and engaging for you) should teachers design that will go beyond simply “cutting and pasting.” Since we are focused on Google Apps for Education today, what has been your favorite Google-based project in school so far?
Please be aware that the podcast audio includes Dr. Rios’ welcome to the Google Summit–sans housekeeping, schedule overview, and lunch instructions, all of which I cut–and the panel facilitator and panel introductions. Even with those cuts, you won’t hear the students until about 9 minutes in.
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