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Alaska Society for Technology In Education (ASTE) Conference

  • Captain Cook Hotel 939 West 5th Avenue Anchorage, AK, 99501 United States (map)

Using Student "Selfies" to Better Connect and Engage

Amy McDonald and David Pavish -- along with students -- will discuss how youth use snapshots of their developmental ecology to thicken their webs of support and enhance their academic success and general well-being.

Over the last four years, hundreds of students across Alaska have been taking snapshots of themselves to see their lives more clearly. These "selfies" are more than skin deep, though; they are full-color snapshots of a student's developmental ecology that shows each youth how different factors are influencing them. Students have been sharing these "selfies" with their teachers, family members, and other community members to deepen their connection with caring adults around them and thicken their "webs of support" to enhance their academic success and well-being. 

Join this session to hear from students about how these snapshots and the related Integrative Youth Development principles and practices have helped them. You will also learn how these snapshots have helped school staff to engage with students in more meaningful ways that ultimately contributes to their own well-being.  Learn more and register.