Technology questions to ask students during advisory period

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Here are some questions that you could discuss with students during a 20- to 25-minute advisory period. These might be particularly apt for middle and high schoolers. If each advisory took notes and then you compiled the responses at the school level, I bet that you would learn some interesting things about the youth that you serve and spark some useful conversations with your teachers and administrators.

  1. What are some interesting or surprising ways in which you use technology at home to connect, share, and/or learn? (examples might include making videos on x topic, participating in a learner community around y topic, posting stop motion films, hacking their Minecraft server code, setting up and selling items in their own online shop, sharing their original artwork or music or writing or photography, participating in community or charity or political work, highlighting their athletic or crafting skills, gaining skills in a new area of interest, or…)
  2. How is your technology use at home different than your technology use at school? Which seems more empowering to you and why?
  3. How is your technology use different than that of the adults around you?
  4. How can we close whatever gaps exist between home uses of technology and school uses of technology?

What would you add? Let me know if you do this!

2 Responses to “Technology questions to ask students during advisory period”

  1. Interesting – I’ve just had some new learners start on our work-based learning / employability / IT course – I’ll be using these!

  2. Good questions, and I’m glad to see advocacy for talking to students about their ed-tech experiences. I would add some questions about what they find difficult/annoying/problematic about tech. How do they feel about e-texts? The course management software their teachers use? Do they have privacy concerns? How do they feel about teachers asking them to use their social media accounts for school assignments?
    The questions here are a good start, but they’re designed to elicit more-is-better, pro-technology answers, without allowing space for critique.

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