Jannita Demian: Using Technology to Put the Students First

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Jannita Demian and I have a long history. We were both with the DEN since its launch in 2005. Over the years, we have become sisters because we all know the DEN is a family, and Jannita is a close part of mine. Bias acknowledged. She is, nevertheless, a legend, a tech diva, and my very dear friend. Jannita is passionate about many things: building community in large urban districts, encouraging (conference) participants to discover creative new ways to engage students to full potential, seeking different ways to inspire educators and create collaboration. Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 9.51.04 PMOn a personal level, I can tell you that Jannita has always inspired me and knowing her body of work and the person she is makes me truly wish I were back in the classroom. She is a gem and the perfect person to end our two-day Livestream event. An original creation herself, Jannita will demonstrate how to leverage online resources to let students lead their educational journeys.

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Jannita's son. First day of school. Grade 1.

Jannita’s son. First day of school. Grade 1.

Not surprised Jannita dived right in with a fun Kahoot activity to see who is in her audience. Using Kahoot with a pin or key to keep her audience restricted, Jannita quizzed her audience (I joined her). You cannot find an easier tool and I really love the simplicity of the set up and use. Breeze easy, to follow Jannita’s opening. Today, learning is not about the teacher’s ease but the student’s need. Kids come to school wanting to learn. What happens from elementary to high school. Why do they sometimes dislike school.

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 3.17.50 PMScreen Shot 2014-07-16 at 3.17.18 PMWhat are we serving students in class. There’s a discrepancy between how we deliver and and how students learn. We need to stop this approach and thing more creatively. In-and-out is great for burgers but not teaching and learning. We need to create communicators, creators, leaders, problem solvers. We are not preparing students for the next grade but how to be problem solvers in the real world.

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 3.24.38 PMScreen Shot 2014-07-16 at 3.28.15 PMScreen Shot 2014-07-16 at 3.29.04 PMSpotlight on Strategies from Discovery Education (SOS) is now completely uploaded and available for your use. Our students are audio and video bombarded. Sometimes we need to help students hone in on just one image (think Tim Childers presentation) or just one audio. SOS strategies are designed for people less tech saavy, but still wonderful to use if you want great images, texts, videos so students can begin to own the conversations in the classroom. Class-to-class communication just got easier with DEN Connect, connecting our fellow members. Virtual Field Trips offered by Discovery are yet another wonderful way to communicate across classroom walls. Discovery BoardBuilder is another tool that lets students use safe resources and control their learning.

Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 3.33.34 PMScreen Shot 2014-07-16 at 3.36.53 PMScreen Shot 2014-07-16 at 3.38.00 PMCreating content is easy with resources from Discovery. In the media section, you have even more options than you will likely use in a month of teaching and learning. Great interactives, games, skill builders are just a few areas of relevant resources that are safe. You can push content out to your students via the Builder Tools in the Student Center. The real question is what do 21st century need to learn to do. Notice the 8 areas. How many of us are ready to teach with other colleagues and how many teachers actually have these same skills we require our students to learn. And what a wonderful way to end two days of super rich experiences. Thank you, Discovery Education, for the Livestreaming. Awesome.
You can view Jannita’s presentation below.




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  1. Ketsana said:

    I love the interactives, games, skill builders! Thank you for sharing Jannita’s presentation. I am missing DENSI2014 so much.

  2. Jannita said:

    You just made my heart smile! I adore you friend!

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