Engaging Digital Natives Through Meaningful Work

Friday, March 6 10:30 am–11:20 am
TCC - Skagit 5

How do we take kids who spend the majority of their day connected to everything and everyone through their devices and convince them that school is a better use of their time? This project tackles that question. We will examine how our learners are changing to gain a better understanding of the students we serve in the digital age (or better stated, the entertainment economy), and then we will focus our time on examining what makes work meaningful and how that translates to the classroom. Educators will walk away with a set of techniques and strategies to boost engagement meaningfully, a framework through which they can analyze their current units to increase authentic engagement in the digital age, and a reenergized reminder of why our students are awesome and how we can harness their passions in our classrooms.

Type: 50-minute Session
Focus Area: 1:1, Brain Research/Neuroscience, Online/Blended Learning
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, All levels

Presented by

Tyler Rablin Tyler Rablin, Sunnyside School District

Tyler is a current personalized learning and innovation coach, high school ELA teacher, and Google for Education Certified Trainer in the Sunnyside School District. In addition, he also consults with Jeff Utecht, helping districts embrace an innovative philosophy and make it meaningful in the classroom. After receiving a Master of Arts in teaching from Lewis and Clark College, he spent three years teaching in Oregon before moving up to Sunnyside, WA. His educational passion is focused around the ways that technology and modernized assessment strategies can revolutionize the ways we structure our classrooms and open doors for all of our students.