Whose School Is It Anyway? ~ Context #2

Whose School Is It Anyway? ~ Context #2

George Couros’ blog,  What if . . .?, inspired me to write my first post in this series of posts, Whose School Is It Anyway?, as George posed questions that he had pondered when thinking about great organizations and administration.  Since I just focused on one aspect of the school environment, I decided to look at other aspects of the school environment where schools could create opportunities to have, as Gary Stager says, Less us, More them. This post’s context is focused on students being involved in many aspects of teaching, learning, and technology, so here is my brainstormed list of “What ifs?”

  1. What if students partnered with teachers to incorporate technology in their teachers’ instruction?

  2. What if students partnered with teachers and came up with multiple ways (with and without technology) that students could demonstrate their learning?

  3. What if students served on the building PD team and contributed toward the conversation, planning, and delivery?

  4. What if students helped facilitate technology PD?

  5. What if students provided support to staff and administrators after the technology PD occurred?

  6. What if students troubleshot student, staff, and administrators’ computers?

  7. What if students maintained the district webpage?

  8. What if students partnered with teachers to provide quality resources on the webpage for students?

  9. What if social media was open and students took leadership roles to promote positive uses of sharing and celebrating student learning and other district highlights?

  10. What if social media was open and a student group helped monitor the channels and had conversations with their peers about inappropriate use that occurred?

  11. What if cell phones were allowed in every classroom and students assisted in creating policy, communicated the policy with the student body, helped monitor inappropriate use, and came up with solutions?

  12. What if cell phones were allowed in every classroom and the students partnered with teachers to help think of ways to use cell phones instructionally?

  13. What if student representatives from each grade level were members of the technology and learning advisory team and reported to their student body about plans, progress, concerns, etc.?

  14. What if these same student representatives received input from their peers about technology and learning issues and raised them with the technology & learning advisory team?

  15. What if these student representatives serving on the technology and learning advisory team provided a report to the school board every month?

How different would your school be if students took on these roles?

What additional ‘what ifs’ can you add – or, better yet, your students add? How can you change your ‘what ifs’ into reality?