Technology integration: As the learners who will employ many of the apps and other technology tools available to schools, students can participate in identifying and planning usage, as well as making decisions about purchases and implementation, and evaluating implementation.
Students can be key leaders in school communications by using texts, podcasts, diaries and blogs, conversations, presentations, surveys, assemblies, websites, notice boards, meetings, social media and forums to connect with their peers. Not just information sources, students can also plan, facilitate, evaluate and advocate for communications too.
In some schools, students have limited ability to communicate their own interests and beliefs, while in other schools students actually communicate on behalf of schools. One organization, Generation YES, encourages students and teachers to work together to use technology for communication within classrooms, throughout schools and across entire communities.
A national nonprofit organization based in Olympia, Washington called Generation YES promotes the role of technology in education by engaging students as expert trainers to teachers in elementary, middle and senior high schools.
Students learn complex computer skills, as well as how to design lesson plans and deliver training. Educators, in turn, learn about students’ capacities for technology and teaching. Launched in the 1990s, Generation YES was one of the original programs engaging students as professional development experts in schools. (Fletcher, 2005b)