Let’s Empower Student Voice

Who can empower students’ voices? You can! Read the Entrsekt April 2016 article by Jennifer Snelling, “Empowering Student Voice: Students are now at the center of education transformation.” I truly believe this. As Glen Warren (Encinitas Union District Coordinator for Literacies, Outreach, and Libraries, VP of Government Relations for the California School Library Association, Chair of the Library Media Educator Network for CUE) says, “What matters to you (students) matters.”

At CUE in Palm Springs last month, I gave a talk as part of the CSLA Information Literacy Strand about students as social media content creators. (http://bit.ly/socialmediacontentcreators) The slide show is full of inspiring examples of students of all ages creating legitimate content on social media. We need to give students the opportunities to create content on social media, and we need to listen to students’ voices on social media and in real life.

Snelling credits ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) with doing a great job in listening to students.

Mentioned in the Snelling article:

#StuVoice on Twitter

Stuvoice.org

TakingITGlobal (tigweb.org)

Future Friendly Schools

Angela Maiers and Choose2Matter

Thank you Jennifer Snelling and entrsekt, for giving us some examples and inspiration on this vital issue.

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OUCRL Vanderbilt photo from Flickr.com https://flic.kr/p/dR7WCV

 

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Notes Apps- which is best?

We have two and a half wonderful notes apps to choose from in our digital lives. (three and a half if you count LiveBinders) I have been researching many apps for my CSLA Workshop on “The Digital Magic of Organizational Tools for Diverse Users.” For taking notes and more, I really like OneNote, Evernote, and Google Keep. The half I refer to is Google Keep. Google Keep has everything the other two have except notebooks, which is practically a dealbreaker, but it was not meant to be a “notebook” type app, so that is fine. I prefer OneNote’s organization of notebooks, sections, and pages. Evernote only has notebooks and notes (pages). But they are both super easy to use and very easily searchable. I wonder which one others prefer?

http://www.macworld.com/article/2952510/software-productivity/onenote-2016-for-mac-review-intuitive-and-versatile-but-still-not-up-to-par-with-windows-version.html

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.evernote