Creating connected students allows students to see they are global citizens and their learning has an audience beyond the walls of the classroom. Many students will try to figure out just enough to satisfy what the teacher wants and play the game of school. A connected student quickly finds out that there is an authentic audience waiting for them. Others are interested in connecting with them and sharing learning experiences. This learning transcends the classroom and helps students become digital leaders. I have been involved in a multitude of Skype in the classroom experiences. These have been game changers. I find that students love meeting students from other locations. The excitement that these experiences create has been contagious. I also have shared projects on Sustainable Develop Goals developed by the UN. It was great to take student learning beyond the standards and share these projects beyond the classroom. These are a couple of examples of how I have tried to bring social media and connections. I hope to provide more opportunities for my students and help them become digital leaders.
Dean Vendramin. Educator for over 20 years. Currently Education Leader for Math/Science at Archbishop M.C. O'Neill Catholic High School. Have a passion for all things in education with emphasis on technology integration, assessment, professional development, and 21 Century Education. Posts are articles he has written for the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation monthly newsletter The Bulletin, Saskatchewan Math Teachers' Society The Variable, blog requests from memberships he is a part of, and his own thoughts.