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10 ways to create engaging schools

By Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, @eSN_Laura
November 5th, 2014

Focusing on technology, communication, and other strategies can help students retain their love of learning

engaging-empoweringTechnology integration and project-based learning are two of 10 strategies that one district technology director uses to help educators create engaging schools and classrooms that excite and empower students.

Ninety-five percent of kindergartners are truly enthusiastic about school, but for some reason, that enthusiasm wanes, and only 37 percent of ninth graders are enthusiastic about school and learning, said Robert Dillon, director of technology and innovation for the Affton School District in St. Louis, during an edWeb Connected Educator Month webinar.

School leaders must find a way to sustain that kindergarten enthusiasm all the way through high school.

“When I talk about leading, it doesn’t mean being the principal,” Dillon said. “I believe everyone in our ecosystem is a leader—from teachers, to school resource officers, to students.”

(Next page: 10 steps to engaging and empowering students)