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Category: Student Leaders

Using new technology just because it looks cool or because it makes you feel innovative is not enough. Culture, instruction, and the needs of students come first, technology comes after. At Ashland Elementary, we have worked tirelessly to research and try new technologies but to also quickly re-assess usage for students. I talk every day with my superstar Instructional Technology Coach Mr. Benware and the rest of our staff about what is best for students and teachers. Many times we discuss what we will not do along with what we will do next. Our educational philosophies drive our implementation of technology. We believe in our shared school vision of Kind, Creative, Hard-working, Safe, and Fun. We believe that ALL students should have access and learn through the best technology available and that it shouldn’t be dependent on if we feel like doing it or not. We believe that technology should give students a voice and build confidence. We believe that students and teachers should be supported emotionally and physically when taking …

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Whoa! What a day! I love my job, especially on days like this when I get to be with kids the whole day! I had somewhat of a plan, but I definitely woke up knowing that I was going to bring it today no matter what!

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Are you listening to your students when they have ideas for improvements or helping others? Do you turn these into opportunities for developing their leadership skills? What has really caught my attention over time is seeing individual students that have shown leadership WITHOUT adults giving them the ideas.

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