Upper School News
Telepresence brings students virtually to iNACOL conference in Florida
For many years, the Bullis Student Tutors program has been providing assistance to students in all grades, both face-to-face and through its very successful online virtual tutoring initiative. Now, the program is garnering national attention as a model for student-led programs, both for its substantive work and the technology it uses to broaden its reach. After three years, the student tutor program continues to achieve many milestones—62,000+ views in more than 160 countries.
This year's Student Tutors leaders—Director Alex Brodkowitz '18, Director of Virtual Tutoring William Galbreath '19, and Assistant Director of Virtual Tutoring Joey Ji '18—led an online virtual session at the national iNACOL Symposium. While their 50 attendees gathered in a conference room in Orlando, Florida, our students led the session from the new telepresence room in the Boarman Discovery Center.
The session, entitled "Empowering Your Learners in the Age of Technology: A Student-Run Virtual Tutor Program," introduced educators from around the country to the Bullis program and its You Tube channel. Virtual tutoring permits the creation of easy-to-make educational videos by students via online platforms. The student-led presentation used Pear Deck software to engage the audience and allow attendees to directly interact with the three experienced virtual tutors on creating content and expanding a teacher's tool kit.
"Once I began presenting, I lost all my nervousness and enjoyed presenting our information to the listeners," says William. "We could see through the camera how excited and impressed the audience was about our program. I am so impressed and proud of our team after hearing all the positive feedback."
Bullis Student Tutors Advisor and Learning Support Specialist Jason Eist was very proud of the students for their presentation. "The kids were fantastic, authentic and their work spoke for itself. They demonstrated a mastery of technology as well, coordinating a Google slide show through Pear Deck so the audience was able to respond throughout their presentation to reflection questions. They also highlighted their use of Haiku and Flip Grid which are advanced technologies our teachers have been using. It was definitely one of the highlights of my 23+ year career!"
Read more about the presentation here.