The SETDA Student Voices Award honors an outstanding K-12 school or district that has leveraged technology to dramatically improve the educational experiences and achievement of their students. Winners receive the Elsie Brumback “From Honored Founder to Future Citizen” Scholarship, which allows the winner to bring a team of students and educators to attend the annual SETDA Leadership Summit and tour Washington DC. The winning school/district also is profiled at the Summit through presentations delivered by their students on stage in front of state and national education leaders.
Madison Consolidated High School, Indiana (2014)
Madison Consolidated High School in rural Madison, Indiana transformed educational practices by placing a device in every student’s hand and transitioning to digital content. To address the need to teach student media literacy and digital citizenship, the school created the student led, Madison Digital Leadership Team. Madison’s Digital Leadership program provides the opportunity for participants to create digital content focused on digital citizenship, focused on the importance of the students’ responsibilities to use technology for good and to enhance learning. The Digital Leadership Team members typically meet virtually and exclusively outside of the traditional school day, although the students do receive course credit. The students blog about the program and the content will be made available to teachers and students across the nation at no cost. Learn more on the Indiana Student eLeadership blog.
Beaverton School District, Oregon (2013)
Student Source Program, Raleigh Hills K-8 School, Beaverton School District, Oregon
Students from Beaverton provided an interactive presentation sharing how their learning environment was reimagined at Raleigh Hills utilizing technology and highlighting, StudentSource, a games-based, interactive learning program. This program provides nearly 20,000 elementary students an environment where they are given autonomy and the opportunity for mastery and purpose at their own pace. Students are “the source” for other students. They develop learning modules by choosing a learning standard and developing a set of games and resources related to the standard. The modulea are published on StudentSource, a public website. StudentSource pages have been visited over 4 million times by students and parents in the Beaverton School District and beyond.
Introductions: Carla Wade, Oregon Department of Education
- G. Douglas Bundy, Technology Coordinator, Raleigh Hills K-8 School, Oregon
- Emma Erdahl, Student
- Katherin Parson, Student
- Marcie Callahan, Student
- Jonathan Rosales, Student
Janesville School District, Wisconsin (2012)
From advanced robotics to adaptive technologies for reading, students from Janesville shared the impact of technology tools and software have had their educational experiences. Technology has transformed education for all students in Janesville. The School District of Janesville has brought technology to all students through Universal Design and a dedicated Assistive Technology Specialist who has focused on this work. The School District of Janesville is recognized as a leader, with several State of Wisconsin recognitions for exemplary schools, and an Assistive Technology program known by many as leading the efforts in this area for the State.
Introduction: Stuart Ciske, Education Consultant, Federal Grants, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
- Dr. Kim Ehrhardt, Director of Curriculum Assessment and Instruction, Janesville School District
- Kathy White, Assistive Technology Specialist, Janesville School District
- Christopher Laue, Principal, George S. Parker High School
- Robert Getka, Junior, George S. Parker High School
- Colin Murdy, Senior, George S. Parker High School
- Correy Winke, Junior, George S. Parker High School
Yarmouth High School, Maine (2011)
Maine’s students shares the impact of the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI). MLTI includes 1-to-1 laptop implementation for all of Maine’s middle school students and most of Maine’s high school students. Yarmouth Principal, Ted Hall shares the transformation of his school to digital learning. Hannah Potter, a senior at Yarmouth High School explains how technology tools and social media enabled her to communicate and collaborate with students from Iraq and around the world. Hannah launched, New View, a social media site for students in Maine and Iraq to communicate and share information about their cultures and countries. Chris Jones, a student at Oak Hill High School relayed the impact of the MLTI program on his education and career readiness. He moved from computer user, to a student mentor, tech support team member, to a web developer and eventually launched an “iTeam” at his school so students could provide each other tech support. He is now an app developer, employed by a software company while finishing high school.
Introduction: Jeff Mao, Learning Technology Policy Director, Maine Department of Education, & Chair, SETDA Board of Directors
- Ted Hall, Principal, Yarmouth High School, Maine
- Chris Jones, Student, Oak Hill High School, Maine
- Hannah Potter, Student, Yarmouth High School, Maine
Past Award Winners
Bellingham High School, Washington (2010)
Washington Teacher of the Year (2010), James Yoos provided a demonstration of his “flipped” science classroom. The students each shared how their educational experiences have been impacted by access to technology tools. They also indicated the power of having access to technology at home and outside of the school day has increased their participation, knowledge base and success in academics. Bellingham has provided access to broadband via a local discounted system for school families. Marshall Denton shared an average day in the life of high school senior in a digital environment. Olivia Lewis demonstrated the use of technology tools for scientific research. Senior Nick Rousseau compared educational experiences both with and without technology. Finally, Elise Pietro provided the student perspective of participating in Mr. Yoo’s flipped classroom.
East Marshal School District, Iowa (2009)
Judy Jeffrey, State Superintendent from Iowa, provided the keynote address emphasizing the critical need for technology integration and shared examples from Iowa of how education technology has helped to close the achievement gap, increase access for all students, and help to increase student achievement. Principal Rex Kozak, principal from East Marshall School District and students Brodie Beadle, Trent Harem, and Frank Scaglione shared highlights of their technology-infused project-based learning initiatives and how the integration of technology into their core curriculum has helped to increase student engagement and achievement.
Floydada Independent School District, Texas (2008)
Floydada ISD provided an overview of the transition to 1-to-1 laptop implementation in their middle school and high school. Floydada, one of the first recipients of the Texas Technology Immersion Program (TIP), shared how they restructured their high school to implement a 1-to-1 laptop program in their high school with local funds. Students shared examples of how the technology impacted instruction, the learning process and their ability to collaborate both on and off campus.