#65 – Using Technology to Amplify Student Voice

Unpacking Education November 10, 2021 35 min

In this week’s podcast episode, our team is joined once again by Theren Hayes—a National Board Certified Teacher and PK–12 Instructional Technology Specialist from the Tukwila School District in Washington—to share easy-to-implement digital teaching strategies to amplify student voice across grade levels.

There are so many ways for us to help students find and share their voice—not only in the classroom but also with the world. Join us as we look at several forms of technology and teaching best practices to amplify students’ ownership of their learning process.

To start, we focus on the students who we often don’t hear from. These are the students who don’t raise their hands, sit quietly through the class, running the risk of perhaps going unnoticed at times. We provide strategies to help you give these students a space where they feel safe and can contribute their voice in a way that best supports their social and emotional learning needs.

Paul Beckermann
PreK-12 Digital Learning Specialist
Rena Clark
STEM Facilitator and Digital Learning Specialist
Dr. Winston Benjamin
Social Studies and English Language Arts Facilitator

In education, student voice refers to the values, opinions, beliefs, perspectives, and cultural backgrounds of individual students and groups of students in a school, and to instructional approaches and techniques that are based on student choices, interests, passions, and ambitions.

 The Glossary of Education Reform by the Great Schools Partnership


The following resources are available on AVID Open Access to explore this topic in more depth:

Empowering Students to Find Their Voice

In this episode, we share practical strategies for implementing technology meaningfully into the classroom to help students share their voice. We provide teaching best practices and tool tips that you can immediately implement into your classroom to bring the following strategies to life:

  • Support students who may be more introverted to help them build their confidence, using technology tools to bring their thoughts and perspectives into the classroom.
  • Invite students into the process for creating classroom management rules.
  • Create a space where students have creative choice in how they demonstrate their learning process.
  • Help students share their ideas with the broader community beyond their school’s walls as authentic global and digital citizens.

Extend Your Learning

Explore the following introductions for tech tools mentioned in this episode, which will help bring technology-enhanced learning strategies that amplify students’ voice to your classroom: