Step 1: Tech Team
Take a moment to answer the following questions:
- What aspects of Tech Team are successful? Explain why.
What stood out this year that is successful is the planning and creation of projects that would have students more engaged into events and activities at riverside, like the Wall of Pride, putting in newsletters on our social media, create a new Dear Grade 8 Me video, and overall keep pushing forward on what more could we do for the school.
- What aspects of Tech Team are challenging? Explain why.
In the beginning of the year, it can come to the point where it can be challenging to ensure everyone has their technology work properly and that they know how to use certain programs. However, even in the middle of the year, it can be still surprizing how their are still students that still are not sure how to access Microsoft Office, log-in to the internet, etc, especially with new students and transfer students coming to the school. So making sure that everyone understands how to use their device(s) at Riverside can be a challenge.
- What support does our school need from the Tech Team moving forward? Explain why.
To set-up a system that allows student to message to tech team directly if they have a device issue that they can’t solve on their own and are unable to visit the WAVE. There are chances that there can be a tech issue that we can’t solve or can’t access and need the help from those on the team or staff that know about the issue and offer advice.
- What can we do to improve our support for our school?
More chances for the team to be in the library at the WAVE, or for those who arrive at Riverside during the year and didn’t have an intro technology at our school, we could offer to hold small sessions for those who don’t know everything about RSS tech.
Step 2: Research
Take some time to research various Tech Teams around North America. There are several schools using different variations of students in tech leadership positions. Look into them, and see what they are doing, how are they set up, how do they communicate, how do they improve their school culture around technology.
- What are some things other Tech Teams are doing that we may want to apply at Riverside?
The common thing I found comparing different tech teams is that they had set-up networks that allows anyone to email them about issues they have or allow them to access a community/private forum to share different information about tech. Another was one team had set-up a website that shares about the team’s purpose, achievements and not only offer support to their school but also focus on allowing those joining to create their projects like in game and web development, robotics, video and film, media design, etc.
- Has you research created any ideas that the Tech Team can implement here
Maybe creating a website for RSS Tech team to display current projects and plans for the school, like Instagram and twitter pages, info about the Wall of Pride, what are we involved with ,where to find us if students or staff need help.