Plugging-in: Leveraging Technology for Student Engagement

Shelley Paul, Woodward Academy / AATE
German 3-4 Thursday 1:45 - 2:45

Session Description

Engaged students demonstrate deeper understanding, better retention of content, and more successful transference of their learning to new contexts. Reviewing key engagement concepts from Phillip Schlechty's "Working on the Work," and touching on Dan Pink's "Drive," the presenter will share innovative examples and simple ways teachers can leverage technology to increase student engagement. Twitter summary of this presentation: "To engage students, let them create content that matters and contributes. Use digital tools to connect them constructively to the world."

Session Slides

What is Engagement?

"Engaged learning represents the level in which students are actively involved in the learning process. Are they merely reporting back distilled information to the teacher or are they involved in identifying a problem and finding a solution that possesses both personal and social importance. Engaging the learner extends beyond simple compliant behavior, but moves the learner toward active involvement in the classroom. Students generating their own essential questions relating to the content is one measuring stick used to determine the amount of engagement in a classroom." - Chris Moersch, LoTiGuySpeaks

Engagement Resources:

Books Mentioned in the Presentation

Presentation Links

Content & Substance
Extreme Biology -
BrainPop Parody -

Questioning Toolkit -
Digital Organizers & Participatory Scaffolding
Digital Learning Farm (Alan November) -
Flipped Learning -

Product Standards
TED Talks for presentations -
Rubric Generators -

Protection for Risk Taking
Galleries of Thought (Darren Kuropatwa) -
Mindset by Carol S. Dweck -

Product Focus
Zoe’s Story -
Help with Bowdrill -
International Cooking Show -
Scratch Community -

Skype to experts & peers -
Wiki projects - Great Debate 2008 -
Peer mentors -
Voicethread - Learning Languages -
Produce videos or podcasts - Room 208 -

Affirmation of Performance
Publish, share and spread the word!

Teach Others!

Invite Feedback - Comments4Kids -

Novelty & Variety
Vocabulary Options
Comics, Video, Poster, Flickr, Animoto, Quizlet, Google News

Remember Zoe’s Story... -
25 Days to Make a Difference -
Building Legacy with Wikipedia -
Aerial Hunting of Wolves -
Green Cup Challenge -