Today’s article from the School Library Journal features a new program called START (Service & Technology Academic Resource Team) that draws upon our school communities’ brightest experts in the field of technology: students. Sponsored by Microsoft and the Corporation for National and Community Service, the program aims to help teachers and staff better integrate technology into schools, starting with six pilots at the following locations:
* New York’s Lower East Side Preparatory High School M515,
* Mississippi’s Tupelo Middle School,
* Pennsylvania’s Parkway West High School,
* North Carolina’s East Garner Magnet Middle School,
* Virginia’s VA Star program at Forest Park High School, and
* California’s Winston Churchill Middle School.
The Director of the Office of Education Technology of the DOE, Karen Cator, says that the START program offers a “unique way of incorporating science and technology into service, providing students with a way to give back to their school community and giving them a taste of actual work in that field.”
Empowering students to teach what they know helps develop their critical thinking and service skills, which is a powerful combination for today’s 21st century learner. LifeBound’s aim is to help equip students with these skills through our stair-step program for grades 5-12. Relevant to this article, our new edition of Making the Most of High School, designed for the 8th to 9th grade transition, includes a chapter on Technology. To reserve a review copy, please call toll free 1.877.737.8510 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Library Journal
by Lauren Barack
The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) believes that when it comes to technology training, we should look no further than a terrific resource already in the classroom—students.
That’s why Microsoft and the Corporation for National and Community Service has launched a new initiative that empowers middle and high school students to help teachers and staff better integrate tech into schools.
“The concept of students as tech support and even teacher support has been around for several years,” says Karen Cator (pictured), Director of the Office of Education Technology at the U.S. DOE. “I think what this initiative does is take the best practices and take them to scale.”
Called START (Service & Technology Academic Resource Team), the program will combine five existing projects such as GenerationYES!, in which students help teachers come up with compelling assignments using technology, and MOUSE, where students act as tech support in schools, and bring them together under one umbrella.
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