Tech Gurus- What does that mean to you?

Tech Gurus- Weekly on Thursdays-  A head start on the iPad

At CIS, students in grades 6-12 were invited to join a student group that meets for 45 minutes per week, as an extra curricular activity.

These students will become iPad leaders next year, and will be helping with the iPad rollout to students in August 2011.

In the first sessions, we discussed a wiki or tumblr to record the Tech Guru’s effort.  Our page is still in the development stage and not yet ready to be shared.

We have brainstormed about concerns about iPad purchasing.  One student suggested a Student payment plan for iPad purchase. This student suggested a monthly deposit to the school from January until August when the student finally receives her/her iPad. We are going to get a start on this.

We spoke of ASB unplugged in Bombay in February.  The students were introduced to the idea of a flat classroom project.  We are hoping to attend.

 

Once the iPads arrived, these students explored the campus. Taking photos of other clubs and playing with Photobooth was a great exploratory use of the iPad.

Students have explored creating Comiclife , taking photos, conducting interviews and recording videos.  Tech Gurus are becoming adovocates for technology at CIS.

Students have practiced  with iPhoto, Comiclife, and iMovie. They have interviewed those visiting our campus. They attended the Out of the Box session with some teachers.  Only one of these students has an iPad at home. Another has a Mac laptop.  They are excited and building momentum for our rollout next spring.

You will be hearing more from our CIS Tech Gurus!

Once the iPads arrived, these students explored the campus taking photos of other clubs. Playing with Photobooth was a great exploratory use of the iPad.

Students have explored creating Comiclife posters , taking photos, conducting interviews and recording videos.  Tech Gurus are becoming adovocates for technology at CIS.

Finally, each group member has decided on a goal for term 2. Let’ see what our Tech Gurus can do!

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One comment

  1. Hi nice to read about how you’re involving students in shaping your program and contributing directly to defining your school culture. I’ve done similar things programatically in schools I’ve worked in through creating Student TechCrews, Youth Engineers and the like and have found it gives them a unique sense of ownership and investment in the learning community, not just the gear. These days especially, there seems to be no shortage of “tech gurus”, keynoting, blogging, and tweeting away about how to most effectively keep learning and teaching at the center of tech use in schools and though it’s often a rallying cry in Ed circles it’s rare to see actual examples of students being given the opportunity to lead, not just follow all our grand designs… Thank you!

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