Its been an awesome day of student keynotes and presentations at the 2016 Student Technology Conference!
StuTech2016 features student keynote speakers and crowdsourced presentations by students in grades 6-12 and college. Even better the entire conference is planned by students – with a little help from educational consultants Steve Hargadon and Lucy Gray. The brainchild of the Student Tech Team at Marymount School of New York, the Tech Team works with their peers at Westhampton Middle School, University School of Milwaukee and Lauriston Girls’ School in Melbourne, Australia to host a virtual, free online conference!
StuTech2016 provides an international forum for the presentation, discussion and sharing of educational technology in schools and other academic settings. The conference is committed to:
- Fostering a better understanding of how students use technology in education and to engage students, teachers and administrators in a conversation about technology.
- Assisting teachers and administrators in understanding how students use technology both in and out of the classroom.
- Strengthening the relationship between students, teachers and administrators about technology in the curriculum.
We’ve had some great keynote sessions so far. Mamadou Diallo of The Young Hackers here in NYC kicked off the conference, speaking of his work in developing and hosting Hackathons, especially for underrepresented youths. Coco Kaleel, from veryhappyrobot.com, spoke about her passion for all things making and physical computing. They both have impressive resumes and view education in the way it should be: allowing for students to study what they love and what they are interested in. Their keynotes will be available online later this week,
The schedule has been chockful of interesting sessions as well, including:
- Oh Snap! Connecting Students through Snapchat
- iBooks in the Classroom
- Social Entrepreneurship in Education
- Screenwriting Basics
Each session had over twenty participants, some as far away as Slovakia and Australia! The conference has been active all day, with over 100 participants in the main room at any time. This has been an awesome way for students to share their work in an international public forum!