In our coverage of the 2014 Microsoft in Education Global Forum in Barcelona, we’ve talked a good bit about the students from the Saltash.net Community School in Cornwall, England. Four students from this Microsoft Innovative School not only attended the event, they played a key role in communicating student perspectives to the educators, school administrators and government leaders in attendance. From their opening presentation during the School Leaders Track, to their presence throughout the three-day event, these students made a lasting impression.
George, Amy, Jack and Rowenna, who call themselves the @OffPerts (Microsoft Office Experts), shared insights and ideas, provided help desk support for attendees and launched a student leadership project for schools around the world. They also won second runner-up, along with their teacher Scott Wieprecht, in the Cutting Edge Use of ICT for Learning category.
I was lucky enough to sit down with these inspiring young people and hear from them, first-hand, how they enjoyed their time in the spotlight and learned their view of the future of technology. Not surprisingly, they valued the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sharpen their presentation skills and boost their confidence. They also loved to share their thoughts on what really engages students in learning. “To get teachers excited,” one of the students shared, “show how much the students like it.”
And in spite of their busy schedules – in addition to their regular studies, the @OffPerts create Microsoft Office tutorials for students and teachers around the globe – they’re already thinking about their futures. I was encouraged to hear that “computer scientist” and “app designer” were high on their list for potential careers.
I know you’ll enjoy these students’ enthusiasm and insights as much as I did. Here’s today’s Daily Edventure with the students of the Saltash.net Community School.