My Innovation Plan, Falcon STS, focuses on middle school students in a daily elective course setting where students are responsible not only for the repair and troubleshooting of our 1:1 Chromebook devices but also offering instructional technology support services to teachers, fellow students, clubs and campus organizations. The Support Desk Course will go beyond just having students “fix” things but rather to make more of a connection of how technology supports learning. When the elementary campus allowed for a small pilot last Spring, I personally witnessed growth in participating student’s confidence, initiative and communication skills. I wanted to share this experience and motivate other educators to consider implementing a student-led instructional technology support course as well. I have submitted my article for publication consideration to ISTE but I can share with you the outline that helped me put my thoughts into words! The writing process was stressful – but to be able to reflect on the past few months and share that knowledge and experience with others will be totally worth it if just one campus, just one educator gives their students this amazing opportunity!
In addition to my article emphasizing the benefits of a student-led instructional technology support course, I had the pleasure of creating a PODCAST with 2 fellow educators that had implemented a “Techspert” program with elementary students. Their powerful testimonies, tangible examples and words of wisdom and encouragement were so very much appreciated. Student-led instructional technology support truly embodies the COVA principles by giving students the opportunity to use thier voice and talents in an authentic learning environment thus creating a WIN-WIN-WIN for the campus, students and teachers. My EDUCATION REVELATION PODCAST is just the first of many to come!!