The W-SR Student Tech Teams are in their second year of operation, and over the past two years, both the high school and middle school teams have assisted in tech integration across the district. These teams have aided in the high level of success W-SR has had in implementing technology into the classroom across the district.
Some of the Tech Team duties include:
- teaching new tech tools in a classroom setting
- assisting with technology professional development
- assisting elementary teachers in setting up their devices
- designing the monthly Tech Talk publication
- creating video tutorials
- managing portions of the www.wsrtech.com website
- assisting classroom teachers with the use of tech
- troubleshooting device issues
- writing & creating countless blog posts and iMovies featuring technology greatness within the district
The Student Tech Team is a pretty big deal in W-SR Go Hawk land. Students who provide a written application are considered for a formal interview. During the interview, the students are asked to complete a task on hand, troubleshoot an issue, and provide work that highlights their creativity and technology expertise. After the interview is held, positions are offered to those qualified.
Once on the team, students are taken through the Student Tech Team Gamification process. See, students pick up jobs that interest them on the Job Board. Each job is assigned a point value and students need to complete five points per month in order to remain active on the Tech Team. The job board is created using a Google Spreadsheet that all Tech Team Members have access to, but one team member has assumed the responsibility of managing the Job Board. That member is in charge of making sure that the Google Spreadsheet formulas are calculating correctly to add automatically each Tech Team Members monthly points. Morgan, the HS Tech Team Manager, developed the formulas necessary to calculate the points.
Incentives for Earning Tech Team Points:
Tech Team T-Shirt Tech Team Badge
iTunes Gift Card Field Trip to ISU Virtual Lab
Blog Written by Lyndsi Luck, Media Specialist & Tech Integrationist