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Learning to Sail: Student Innovation Teams

How to Use Technology to Support the UDL Principles in Reading

Sometimes, we get excited and jump into using a new tech tool or technique in our classroom… only to find it flops because the students weren’t ready. But the answer is already in the room! In her new book, Courageous Edventures, Jennie Magiera shares several ideas for having students lead and pioneer innovative ways of using technology – and to help each other along the way.

Student Innovation Teams are a fantastic way to engage kids, to allow them to practice leadership and exercise responsibility, and to learn new skills. Read this short excerpt from Courageous Edventures to learn more!


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Jennie Magiera always knew she wanted to be a teacher when she grew up. Throughout all of her roles starting as a Chicago Public Schools teacher to currently serving as the Chief Technology Officer for Des Plaines School District 62, she always made teaching and supporting students her priority. A White House Champion for Change, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google for Education Certified Innovator and TEDx Speaker, Jennie works to redefine teaching and learning through innovative new practices. She is also passionate about transforming professional learning, which she’s personally championed through her work on the Technical Working Group for the US Department of Education’s 2016 National Educational Technology Plan and co-founding PLAYDATE and other new conference concepts.

Jennie has earned degrees from Phillips Exeter Academy, Columbia University and University of Illinois-Chicago. Aside from her students, Jennie’s great loves in life are sci-fi, mashed potatoes, Tabasco sauce, her dog and her husband. You can find Jennie on Twitter at @MsMagiera or through her blog Teaching Like It’s 2999.

Jennie is the author of Courageous Edventures: Navigating Obstacles to Discover Classroom Innovation.

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