Students Working to Advance Technology (SWAT TEAM)

BY Michael Devoll

Old Rochester Regional High School

Project Description

Old Rochester Regional High School has long had a need for a student help desk for technology. This past summer, we researched best practices around the state of Massachusetts and have established a student help desk called Students Working to Advance Technology. We are calling it the SWAT Team! The course is called The Student Technology Innovation and Integration. It is a hands-on study of technology integration in an educational context. Students will be required to assess student and teacher technology problem sets throughout the day and define the best approach to addressing or solving the problem. In addition to solving ORRHS technology problems, students will be required to complete and maintain several ongoing projects that address problems or solutions in educational technology integration. The course also provides students with the opportunity to pursue an independent learning pathway and develop a project which positively impacts their community. To be successful in this course, students should have a minimal prior understanding of Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education tools.

How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)

We will gauge the success by the School Dude repair tickets that get processed by our technology department.

Benefit to the students and the school

The school benefits because we are moving close to a 1-1 device model where all students will have a Chromebook issued by the school. The SWAT team will be the first line of defense for keeping the technology in good condition and helping students and teachers to use the technology to the fullest extent. The students benefit by hands-on training and developing leadership skills.

Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable)

The project is ongoing this year and will launch October 1st in our Library.