The 2015 Student Technology Conference: Connecting the World, One Student at a Time

Marymount School of New York’s Student Technology Leadership Team posed the question: what if students and teachers from around the world could share ideas about using technology in the classroom? Under the guidance of educational consultants Lucy Grey and Steve Hargadon, Marymount students realized this dream on Saturday, January 31 at the first annual Student Technology Conference. Developed in collaboration with students from the University School of Milwaukee, Westhampton Middle School, and the American School of Bombay, the conference was a free, virtual event that was the first student-led endeavor of its kind.

The 2015 Student Technology Conference provided an international forum for the presentation, discussion, and sharing of education technology best practices in schools and other academic settings. Over the course of twelve hours, there were twenty student presentations and four student keynotes that shared innovative approaches to digital learning and fresh perspectives on educational technology. Topics included “Say It with Social Media,” “Creating Great Project with iMovie,” “How to Use Individualized Online Coding Resources Effectively,” and “Developing Product Ideas While Still in High School,” to name a few. Click here to listen to recordings of all twenty presentations.

Approximately 30-40 participants joined each session from countries all over the world, including the United States, Cambodia, Russia, Ukraine, Portugal, and Brazil. Participants had a large presence on Twitter, joining the conversation under the hashtag #stutech2015. The conference was so successful that students have already begun planning for the 2016 Student Technology Conference. Mark your calendar for January 30, 2016!

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