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ERIC Number: EJ786387
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0192-592X
How Geek Became Chic
Waters, John K.
T.H.E. Journal, v35 n2 p48-50, 52-53 Feb 2008
With budgets and staff stretched thin, schools are turning tech-savvy students into technology leaders and a popular, important source of IT support. Providing professional tech support is a very expensive a proposition, so districts from Tupelo to Greenville, and from Hattiesburg to Columbia, are enlisting students to fill the gaps. This article discusses some student tech-support programs that train students in the use of technology in order to provide technical support needed to maintain the technology in schools and districts. First is a state-sponsored initiative called Challenging Regional Educators to Advance Technology in Education (CREATE) for Mississippi that provides, among other things, skills-development programs for cadres of computer-savvy middle and high school students, who troubleshoot the IT in 32 districts across the state. Through CREATE, full-time technology facilitators stationed on-site at the school level train and supervise the Student Tech Teams. Second is the Generation YES (Youth and Educators Succeeding), an Olympia, Washington-based commercial provider of student-centered technology programs that provides an online platform and tools through which students and teachers collaborate for project-based learning and staff development. Third is Students Working to Advance Technology (SWAT), a nationwide program aimed at promoting student leadership through technology training. Last is the Kentucky Department of Education's Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP), a project-based learning program designed "to empower students in all grade levels to use technology to learn and achieve."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky; Mississippi; Washington