Of the many ways technology can be harnessed to enhance learning outcomes and foster connection, creativity and collaboration, one of the most compelling may be capturing student voices.  Student voice is one of the most effective resources we have for engaging learners and gauging their progress and achievement.

As a language teacher for 25 years, I have always been drawn to technologies that give every learner a chance to share their knowledge, opinions, musings and more…and give me a means to ensure every learner receives meaningful feedback. My experiences showed me that calling on one student at a time provides some insight, but hearing from every learner thanks to technology provides equity. No one is left out, left behind or left unheard. Technology helped make student talk the norm, not the exception because when students have ongoing opportunities to talk with others purposefully about content, they are more likely to own, use, and remember both the content and academic language.

I began actively seeking a range of technology tools that include audio recording so that I could choose the best tool for the precise needs of my learners at any given moment. Equally important, most of my favorite student voice tools also include a way for teachers to provide targeted, personalized written or oral feedback to each learner. 

From new reading annotation tools, to academic practice tools, to digital portfolio tools, to creativity tools, there are many ways to give every student an opportunity to be heard. Join me for an exploration of just some of the many tools available to capture student voice while fostering literacy, building students’ interpersonal skills, and celebrating their creativity.

Join Nicole Naditz on Saturday, October 19th from 10:45-12:15pm for her workshop session “Speaking Out: Technology Tools to Amplify Student Voice.”

Nicole is a National Board Certified Teacher, and Google Certified Trainer and Innovator, is currently a Program Specialist in Instructional Technology and World Languages for San Juan Unified School District. Prior to 2018, Nicole taught French to grades 3 through 12, including AP French Language for 25 years. Nicole is very active in the Capital World Language Project and other professional organizations and has presented on a variety of topics at local, state and national workshops and conferences since 1999. In 2012, she was named San Juan USD Teacher of the Year, Sacramento County Teacher of the Year and was one of 12 finalists for California State Teacher of the Year. She was selected as the ACTFL National Language Teacher of the Year in 2015. She is currently serving a four-year term on the California Department of Education’s Instructional Quality Commission, where she is on the Executive Board. She is also the chair of the World Language Subject Matter Committee and serves as the IQC Liaison to the CSMP Concurrence Committee.

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