School & District Management

When Students Become the Teachers

By Bryan Toporek — June 04, 2010 1 min read

A recent post on the Innovative Educator blog suggests a, well, innovative idea: What if students were the ones teaching teachers about new technologies?

Having students partner with, or teach teachers how innovative tools can enrich learning can prove to be an effective strategy in teacher professional development. Who better to support this learning than the students using the technology in their classrooms? Not only is this model meaningful and relevant to teachers, but it also provides students with an authentic audience to share their learning and ideas, and empowers them to become leaders in their schools.

To illustrate his point, the Innovative Educator posts this video (among others) of a student from the United Network of Student Leaders in New York City giving a presentation about technologies that teachers could incorporate in their classrooms:

Kwame Ocran Presents Google, Moodle + iTouch from Ted 21C on Vimeo.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Teaching Now blog.