Letting Them Drive: Students Owning Their Learning
October 31, 2017 @ 2:15 pm – 3:30 pm America/Chicago Timezone
Wisconsin Center - 202C
Wisconsin Center
400 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203

Session Description
In a personalized learning environment, students demonstrate ownership of learning. But how do you get students to own their learning? In this session, elementary teachers will share their approach for getting started in personalized learning through the use of a digital portfolio tool. In order to create a digital portfolio, students engage in goal-setting, self-assessment, and reflecting as part of the process. Not only have students started taking ownership of their learning, but family engagement has increased through the use of a digital portfolio tool.

Molly Miller
Brittany Smith
Neva Moga (@nmoga)
Milwaukee Public Schools

Molly Miller is a 4th grade teacher who helps each of her students set and achieve their own learning goals. Molly uses a variety digital tools and resources to engage her students and help them to reflect on their learning. She also communicates regularly with families on student progress. Molly’s certifications include Elementary Education, Spanish, and English as a Second Language. Molly shares strategies with colleagues and has presented at district-wide professional development workshops.

Brittany Smith is a special education teacher who collaborates regularly with classroom teachers to meet the needs of all students. As a co-teacher, she makes positive connections with students to help them reach their fullest potential. Brittany uses a variety of digital tools and resources to engage students and meet their individual learning needs. Brittany is certified in Special Education, Global Studies, and Italian.

Neva Moga provides leadership, instruction and guidance for district staff in using technology to enhance learning. Neva also manages the personalized learning work within her district. The most satisfying part of her role is when students harness the power of technology to engage in real-world tasks. She finds value in helping both staff and students use technology effectively, because digital learning and digital literacy are essential life skills.