Learner choice and voice are current buzzwords in education. It seems like a basic concept, but in order to implement it in your classroom, you have to truly understand it. I watch social media closely and it's my job to share some of the hot topics on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and other outlets that teachers, principals, students, and parents are contributing.
At its most basic, learner choice and voice is simply giving students some control over how they learn and letting them express what they learned. It sounds simple, but how do you do it? Jackie Gerstein Ed. D. shared an infographic on her Twitter account that breaks down this concept into simple points. Giving learners a choice is as simple as giving students some power over how they learn the content, show what they learned, and topics they study. Some ways to let learners express their voice is letting them have some control over how they illustrate what they learned, finding other authentic audiences for them to interact with, and giving them a say in how the classroom runs. You can read more about the concept and how it benefits learners here.
How do you give learners a choice? How do you let students express their voice?
Tori Pakizer is the Social Media Editor at SimpleK12.com. She writes regularly about the use of educational technology in K-12 classrooms, and specializes in how teachers use Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and other social media. You can follow Tori and SimpleK12 on Twitter @SimpleK12. If you have ideas for using social media in schools, please send your information or tip to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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