The Wissahickon Middle School student technology team, The Tech Squad, was started on a trial basis in the spring of 2015 with about 10 hand-selected students. This group of students met a few times during the spring and we established some baseline expectations for the team but the overarching raison d’etre of this group of students is to provide just-in-time, “first line of defense” technical support in the classroom so that their fellow students do not need to leave the class to go to the Technology Office. This group also received early access to both our Office 365 tenant and student email. They also came up with the name for the group and the logo pictured to the left. They did an awesome job, but now it is time to open it up for all students to join the WMS Tech Squad.
This year, we are opening up applications to all 7th and 8th grade students, with the intent of accepting about 20 or so. Then, about mid-year, we hope to invite 6th graders to apply as well to bring the team to about 25 students for the remainder of the school year. In order to ensure we have the best technology gurus on our team, we created an application and a teacher recommendation form, both embedded below.
So far, with applications open only one day, we have 15 applications and 10 teacher recs. Not bad!! Stay tuned to this blog for more Tech Squad news as the team is formed and begin their “work” this year.