ERIC Number: EJ786387
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
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."
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Student Leadership, Technology Integration, School Districts, Technical Support, Computer Uses in Education, Skill Development, Middle School Students, High School Students, Faculty Development, Teacher Student Relationship, Cooperative Planning, Leadership Training
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky; Mississippi; Washington