Our students' desire to use technology in the classroom was surpassing their daily learning experiences. We knew the key to improvement was tied to giving them the opportunity to share their voice and equipping them with skills to allow them to make the changes they wanted to see.
In the summer of 2015, NISD hosted our inaugural iSchool Advocate program. During this three day academy, students were given the opportunity to develop projects, fine tune their presentation skills, and take ownership of what it means to be a 21st century learner. The result was far greater than we could ever have imaged. The advocates stepped up to the plate and became leaders in every sense of the word. Opportunities are opening for them to share their vision, devise innovative solutions, and play a role in education beyond the realm of NISD. Of all the decisions I have been involved in, the commitment to put student voice at the forefront of our technology initiative has been the most powerful. Ultimately, our students are the key to changing the future and it is our responsibility to ensure they have the tools and opportunities to make their vision a reality.
- Cara Carter, Director of Instructional Technology, Northwest ISD
During the three days that we did the iSchool initiative training, we learned problem solving and teamwork skills. We were taught how to use technology effectively and efficiently and then uncovered a problem that we wanted to see fixed in the school. What made iSchool different from any other training was that it actually gave you the tools and confidence to follow through with your ideas rather than just imagine what a school would look like with that problem fixed. Since then I have been asked to be a part of multiple panels for teachers, spoken at 3 different conferences and have been working with my team towards our goal set during the summer workshop.
- Cooper Peacock, Tidwell Middle School/8th Grade, NISD iSchool Student Advocate