BLAIRSBURG - As a professional educator, to be invited to lead a session before the Iowa Technology and Education Connection Conference, it is an honor. But if you are a student, it is an opportunity of a lifetime.Last week six Northeast Hamilton middle school and high school students did just that when they lead two ITEC conference sessions before an audience of 1,200 educators at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines on Oct. 15 and 16.
The first session dealt with Minecraft and Gaming in the Classroom and the second session reported on Student Lead Professional Development.
The students were sponsored by NEH social studies teacher Leslie Keehn.
Six middle and high school students from NEH lead sessions at the Iowa Technology Educators Connection in Des Moines last week. Pictured are: NEH social studies teacher Leslie Pralle Keehn and students (left to right) David Koch, Dylan Greenfield, Taylor Olson, Nick Jeffers, Tristan Nicholson, Gunther Range.
"Minecraft is a computer game that the kids were playing in study halls that I, and now other teachers, also, started using for learning purposes in the classroom," said Keehn.
On the Student Lead Professional Development session, the students gave a presentation last spring at NEH on the topic. Then last week they reported on their earlier experience to ITEC educators.
It was the first time NEH students attended the conference, Keehn said. The students were chosen based on how actively they were involved with the Professional Development project and on knowledge concerning Minecraft sources.
"The students' presentation was very well received," said Keehn. "Even after the conference was over, I was still getting messages from educators with questions and compliments. The students were very well spoken and represented NEH in a very positive way."