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Students as allies and advocates in creating the 21st century schools By SYLVIA MARTINEZ Schools today are grappling with how to use digital devices and technology to create new learning opportunities for the 21st century.This is a profound task for many schools that touches every part of the learning mission. As part of the change process, there is usually a call for the inclusion of all stakeholder groups as a key factor in creating a sense of ownership and community support that will lead to success. Stakeholders from the community, business leaders, board members, parents, school administrators and staff are polled for their input, asked to attend meetings, draft plans, and finally to implement the plan. However, one group, the largest stakeholder group of all, is often not represented at all — students. Common sense tells us that stakeholders who are left out of any change process are less likely to understand and contribute to the plan’s success. Research supports that this omission is a serious one. Students make up about 92 percent of people in attendance in any school.Typically, technology planning and implementation focuses on the role of the other

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eight percent — teachers, administrators, adult technical support staff.This is especially unbalanced given the fact that today’s students are increasingly savvy about the role technology plays in modern life. However the balance can be restored. When students are included in the vision of improving education with

technology, many opportunities are regained: • Capture youthful idealism, enthusiasm and energy • Create new communication pathways to parents and community • Create a deeper understanding by students of school policy regarding technology

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