I initiated the technology internship in 2012. The idea was born with the purpose of nurturing the technology skills that students need in the 21st century.
2012 - 2013 Our first year piloting this program our school held an “Intensive” period in which students spent the entire school day, for two weeks, devoted to working on a single, interdisciplinary project. The tasks were designed to meet the common core standards of multiple disciplines through the use of hands-on, interactive projects. The expectation of the intensives was for teachers from different subject areas to pair up and plan an interdisciplinary project for their students. I decided to pair up with the seven students participating in the internship.
Together, we designed five intensive courses: Photoshop, iBlog, iMovie animation, Set Design, and Eco-Friendly Fashion. The seven student interns were the facilitators of the other students. Together, we created an example of the intended final product in order to determine whether there were any gaps or obstacles which would need to be addressed. As a cohesive group, we decided to connect the different intensives through a common theme, the Eco-Friendly Fashion show, in order to encourage collaboration with one another. We acted as a single company composed of many different departments that worked together seamlessly. Through the use of this pattern, students were exposed to a model of a real-world work experience.
Click on the bottons bellow to see the students' products.
This year the Technology Crew was invited by Leah McConaughey, iZone 360's Director of Instruciton and Assesment, to take on a challenge: a video portraying a student's day with Personalized Mastery Learning. Personalized Mastery Learning gives students more of a choice to learn what they want to learn in whichever form works best for them. Teachers recognized that students have a variety of different interests and have different methods of learning. We know that each of our students are unique. Personalized Mastery Learning allows more flexibility in the curriculum. In a school with Personalized Mastery Learning, students get more of a variety in which classes they choose to take. For example, students can choose to take a regular gym course or yoga or badminton to gain their PE credit; in or out of school. Ultimately, Personalized Mastery Learning gives students the freedom to take more control of what and how they learn.
Just the making of the video portrayed Personalized Mastery Learning. Writers, artist, filmakers, musicians and other students with different expertise were invited to share these to created a final product. We collaborated with Bronx Compass who have music technisians that created all the soundtracks, sound effects and recorded the voices for this video.
The first stage of this product is finished, however future generations of the Tech Crew shall add on to it.
Initializing a Web 2.0 Tools Library was one of the first responsibilities the Tech Crew had. Memebers created a list of various Web 2.0 Tools and created tutorials for each one of them. The purpose of this library was to help teachers incorporate technology that students explored and approved into their curiculum. Members responsibilities also included mantaining the Library updated with different tools. On May 15, the Tech Crew conducted a Lunch and Learn where the Web 2.0 tools library was officialy presented to teachers and staff members.
The tech crew also presented the Web 2.0 tools library at NYU to aspiaring teachers.
Tech Crew Year Pictures
Tech Crew Members from 2010-2013