|Tech Kids Team in Riverview School District 300 strong|
|Written by Leanne Christensen, RSD|
|Tuesday, 15 November 2011 11:27|
ShareAt the beginning of each school year, hundreds of elementary school children are deployed to strengthen and further the technology implementation efforts in the Riverview School District. These small armies of eager-to-assist students are part of the district-wide Tech Kids Team, currently numbering nearly 300 strong.
The Tech Kids Team was initiated by Riverview’s Elementary Instructional Technology Specialist Karen Mayfield in 2007. She identified the great need for more hands and more minds working together with technology-rich project-based work, so she drew upon the greatest free resource in schools; the skillful and motivated students themselves. During the fall of each year, students go through an application process that involves acquiring both their classroom teacher’s and their parents’ permission to serve. They are then assigned as assistants to a partner class and they work with that class for the entire year.
In addition to the basic application form, some of the teachers in the upper elementary grades require their students to write essays detailing their motivation and preparation for assisting as Tech Kids.
Cole Havener from Mrs. Ingham’s class at Cherry Valley wrote, “I would make a great Tech Kid because I love to help kids and I love computers. My dad told me how to do a lot of stuff on computers. Also, I am good with younger kids and I enjoy helping them. I will also be responsible for any class work that I miss.”
Grace Spell from Mrs. Santamaria’s class at Cherry Valley wrote, “I think I should be a Tech Kid and here are some reasons why. First of all, I am a hard worker. Give me a job and I’ll do it. I can make up work, so if I miss math, I will do it quickly. Also, don’t forget, I am already an experienced Tech Kid, so I can help other Tech Kids know what to do! I am also super good with little kids. Last but not least, I want to be good with computers so this would be a good experience. Those are several reasons why I should be a Tech Kid.”
Chloe Walker from Mrs. Dice’s class at Stillwater wrote, “My name is Chloe Walker and I want to be a Tech Kid because I love to help teach little kids about computers. Also, because I’ve had a lot of experience with little kids, I know that I have to be patient with them. I would make a good Tech Kid because last year I was a Tech Kid and I worked very well with others. I would also be a good Tech Kid because I use the computer everyday and I’m good at it.”
The Riverview School District is fortunate to have dedicated teachers/Technology Integration Specialists such as Karen Mayfield and Karen Hough sharing their passion and talents in the field of technology with all RSD students.
Their commitment to increasing the awareness and importance of technology, and ensuring its accessibility to each and every student, is a vital component to the overall success of the technology program in Riverview.