It was difficult to decide which programs to highlight, but we finally decided on seven. We picked student led sessions on Linux, Show your Talent, Black History Month on Martin Luther King, Jr & Michael Jackson, 3D Printing, Teach The Teacher, Sophomore Shakespeare Day, Sophomore Africa Day, and Book Clubs.
We prepared by creating a Prezi, and we shared the outline with the student leaders we selected. We wanted each student leader to be sure to share the following points:
I. What they did in their program
II. How it affected their peers
III. How it affected them personally
IV. Tell why they recommend student led programming
|We practiced in the library right before spring break.|
The big day finally rolled around, and we made sure to get to the presentation area an hour early. I wanted to make sure all of our technology worked correctly and also give the students a chance to get used to the room. We had plenty of time for a practice run! As an added bonus, one of our 2014 graduates showed up to present with us! He was one of our first student leaders in a collaborative program last year. It was so great to have a Lakeside graduate take his own time to come present with the other students! Yet another testament of what can happen when we empower students!
The actual presentations went great! All of the student presenters performed like professionals! Go here to view the "Students Taking The Lead" Prezi. We had several educators come up and meet the students at the end of the session. It was a great day!
This article describes how two students helped me present a 3D Printing session at a state technology conference.
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