At Burlington High School (@BurlMASchools), the Technology Innovation and Integration course is open to students in grades 10, 11, and 12, as a semester long, hands on study of technology integration in an educational context. Students are required to assess problem sets throughout the day and define the best approach to addressing or solving the problem. In addition to solving problems for students and teachers, students will be required to complete and maintain several running projects that address problems or solutions in educational technology integration. More info on the cour
se from the BHS Help Desk Wewebsite here.
BHS is changing the game in terms of overcoming gender inequities across the country. Their "Student Help Desk" led by tech integrator Jennifer Sheffer (@jlscheffer) put these "Tech Ladies" in leadership roles to support technology integration and innovation across the school. Follow their work at @BHShelpdesk.
LISTEN & LEARN FROM SCHEFFER & BHS STUDENTS BELOW
FULL #EDUCON SLIDEDECK: CLOSING THE INNOVATION GAP - ENGAGING GIRLS IN STEM
Finally, the Techie Ladies video. Here's how they describe it:
We are leading the way for young women in technology. We hope our abilities to problem solve, create, and innovate with technology in the classroom are an inspiration to other young girls who are passionate about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)! The Techie Ladies video is a parody of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.” We used the music in the background, however changed every single word. I had my teacher, Mrs. Scheffer, as well as AP chorus student, Emily Frost, record the lyrics. I had them record their voices through the microphone on my Apple headset, and then I put the track right into Garage Band to auto-tune… not that is was necessary. As a matter of fact, Mrs. Scheffer was a theater major and so this project was right up her ally! This took about 10 takes but we had a blast making it. After I edited it, I decided to get footage of girls in our high school doing things that corresponded with our lyrics. Surprisingly, it wasn’t that hard at all. I barely had to have people act since what they were doing, before I approached them, was what we wanted them to do. Everyone’s contributions were great, and I even gave them credit at the end. The making of this video was truly a collaborative effort.
From STEM to STEAM...
3Qs TO THINK DEEPER:
- How does the teacher and school leader's use of digital technologies influence student in their own innovation and integration?
- What might a student-run "Help Desk" look like in your school? How might staff benefit?
- In what ways is your school working to close gender gaps in the area of STEM?