A student technology team is comprised of students from your school and is led by a program sponsor, teacher, or another adult from the school environment. The school’s student tech team plays a large role at the rollout event and even more so in the ongoing support of your 1:1 program for the upcoming years.
The following are benefits of the student tech team to the students and the whole community:
Benefits to students
Benefits to the school community:
Schools should first decide if they want their student tech team to be a course or a club. An advisor should be identified and times for the course or club should be added to the school’s primary schedule. The student tech team advisor should not be an instructional coach because an instructional coach’s main focus is to support students and teachers in instruction and pedagogy. The student tech team advisor will support students as they support the school’s technology. Skills like how to reset devices, basic troubleshooting, and app navigation should be taught to the tech team by the advisor. Many schools use other individuals in the building to serve as advisors, like the library media specialist, a building paraprofessional, a site-based technician, or the parent engagement coordinator. If the student tech team is a course, a teacher with a technical position of record would be a good candidate for the advisor.
Mater International Tech Team Website (parent resources, digital citizenship, tips, and tricks)
It is essential to give students ownership over the event and a chance to lead others. Students can help with everything from handing out devices to running learning stations. Make sure that your student tech team is formed and trained before the rollout event so they will be able to help during the session and show guests just how excited they are about the new program!
We have heard from Verizon Innovative Learning Schools districts that the formation of a student technology team has changed the landscape and culture of the school. Students’ ownership of their devices and their dedication to helping others solve tech issues is transformational in helping everybody succeed.