This morning I attended a meeting with students that represent New Milford High School and my superintendent. The purpose of the "Superintendent's Council" is to allow students to have a voice and empower them to make meaningful changes to the culture of the District. During the meeting the students were asked what changes or initiatives they would like to see. One freshman student quickly caught my attention when he began to discuss how he was upset that certain students were unmotivated in school. A conversation then ensured as to how we could change this. I quickly jumped in and replied that many students come to schools across the country and are bored because the digital world that they are so accustomed to is taken away from the one place where they should most be engaged.
Student voices are the most powerful tool that educators can use to change the learning cultures of schools. These students readily shared the type of learning environment that they prefer, one that effectively integrates the digital tools of their generation. I can talk about the merits of educational technology all I want, but it is the opinions of my students that have the potential to empower other teachers to jump on board. Today was a great day!