GenYES: Students and teachers planning together

Sylvia Martinez

Involving students as partners and co-learners in the educational process, rather than as consumers—or worse, as  “objects”—is not a new concept but it is certainly gaining currency in the 21st century.  With information exploding, teachers can no longer hope to know everything about their subject.  With changes in student lifestyles, fewer and fewer of them are content to be passive participants in the classroom.

GenYES is remarkable in how it brings student voice into the learning conversation.  In this episode, Sylvia Martinez, President of GenYES, describes the project’s original program for bringing students and teachers together to co-plan technology-infused lessons as well as a newer program, TechYES, which offers a unique project-based learning approach to certifying middle school students as technologically literate.

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Leave No Child Technologically Illiterate

Cathey WilcoxIn this first episode to feature members of TICAL’s Arkansas leadership cadre, Karli Saracini interviews Cathey Wilcox on the topic of technology literacy and the No Child Left Behind requirement that every student be technologically literate by the end of eighth grade. Cathey is principal at Fox Meadow Intermediate Center in Jonesboro and has been a cadre member for several years. Karli, principal at Harrisburg Middle School in Harrisburg, joined the TICAL Arkansas cadre just this year.

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