The purpose of this video is to introduce "Teach Teachers Tech", a feature in A Platform for Good. Adora Svitak, a 14-year-old international speaker and published author, showcases what inspires students in the classroom and how teachers can use tech-related lessons throughout the school year. This type of learning promotes positive relationships between students and teachers as well as empowers and engages young learners to further explore future opportunities inside and outside of the classroom.
Since the age of four, Adora Svitak has been exploring what she can do with the written word: everything from championing literacy and youth voice to raising awareness about world hunger through her work as a World Food Programme Youth Representative. Hoping to instill her love of learning in other children, she taught her first class at a local elementary school the year her first book, Flying Fingers, debuted; since then, she has spoken at hundreds of schools, classrooms and conferences around the world. She co-authored her second book, Dancing Fingers—a collection of poetry—with her older sister Adrianna in 2009. In 2010, she delivered the speech "What Adults Can Learn from Kids" at the TED conference. That video received over one million views and has been translated into over 40 different languages. The following year, she received the National Education Association's Award for Outstanding Service to Public Education, an honor granted in previous years to such notable figures as Billie Jean King, Bill Clinton, and Jane Goodall. Adora organizes the TEDxRedmond conference, a by youth-for youth event now entering its third year.
What are the risks and benefits of having students take a more proactive role in leading lessons?
What are some of the barriers to incorporating technology in the classroom? How can they be overcome?
What other ways can students interact with teachers in tech-related lessons?
What projects would you (students) like to see incorporated throughout the year?
How can you (students) help your teacher use more tech?