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Empowering Student Voice Through Collaboration, Creating, and Sharing

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We are living in an extraordinary time in education. We have access to more tools than ever before to empower our students to explore their passions, create new content, crowdsource ideas with global classrooms, and tackle real-world problems through a global lens. How do we collaborate within and beyond our walls to offer students authentic experiences to contribute to our world? What can we do as educators to empower our students to take ownership of their learning? How can we harness the power of the digital tools we have to amplify each student’s voice? Let’s explore these wonderings together.

Andy Plemmons is the school library media specialist at David C. Barrow Elementary in Athens, GA and a Google Certified Teacher. His library program is grounded in transliteracy, participatory culture, and students as creators of content shared with the global community. Andy’s students are often seen skyping with authors, guest speakers, and the developers of the tools that they use in class. He also collaborates with libraries around the world. Some of his honors include the Georgia Exemplary Elementary Library Media Program, finalist for School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year, and the 2015 National School Board Association 20 to Watch. You can follow Andy’s work on Twitter @plemmonsa or on his blog, which was nominated for a 2014 Edublogs Award. Expecting the miraculous every day!

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