Student agency is a form of personalized learning that encourages students to take initiative when it comes to their own learning experiences in the classroom. Therefore, students get to decide what and how they learn.
Students are presented with choices, making them more inclined to be engaged and invested in learning. Schools fostering student agency are preparing students to be successful, innovative, and independent thinkers of tomorrow. Student-centered learning empowers student voice and gives students a platform.
Understanding the importance of student voice is necessary for creating a culture of eager learners. As a result, there is a change in the students’ attitude toward learning that is both positive and receptive. We need to take a look at the impact of student agency and its effectiveness of providing students with skills and growth.
Student agency is an emerging, relevant topic in education and the sociopolitical climate, based on entries and selections via PanelPicker. This upcoming SXSW EDU will feature various sessions about student agency with focuses on inclusion, sexual harassment, social justice, and student voice.
• Youth Voice: Sparking Synergy for Inclusive Change
• #StudentVoice: Why InventEd is a 21stC Essential
• Classrooms & Beyond: Empowering Student Voices
Check out the 2019 SXSW EDU schedule to see the full list of sessions in this track.
Making the classroom work for each student
Every individual learner is unique and learns differently. Learning environments are working to improve to meet individual student’s needs and in the way they learn best. SXSW EDU 2019 programming will explore some of the ways education is evolving to personalize how students learn.
The Universal Design Learning (UDL) framework is one of the approaches using scientific insights to help classrooms adapt to meet different learning styles. The workshop UDL: Designing for Learner Variability aims to help participants learn the basics and enrich their lesson designs to help all students. Further explore the UDL framework in action in the hands on session Build a Better Book: Engineering with Empathy where you’ll learn how youth makers design accessible interactive books for children who are visually impaired or blind.