THS students teach teachers, other students about technology
Sophomores and juniors on a Telstar tech team are teaching their teachers, middle school students and themselves about integrating computer techology into the classroom.
The half dozen THS students wowed the School Board at a recent meeting with a presentation on a technology class the teens designed for themselves.
The idea for the class was born of a discussion between a student and Telstar library media specialist Kelley Fraser about that fact that the school did not offer a technology course.
“Once the class started, we formed our goals as a class, what we wanted to learn and what we wanted to teach,” said student Aislinn Forbes.
Fraser suggested the group incorporate teaching middle school students about Internet safety, which is a federal educational requirement.
To that plan the THS students added goals of learning about educational applications of technology, teaching it to others and each other, and crafting a presentation at the end of the class on what they accomplished.
The board presentation in part served that purpose.
Anneliese Smith told directors the group adapted a state program known as Common Sense Media to create a class on Internet safety for TMS students.
As she began her description of organizing the class, the cell phone of a board member chimed with a musical ring.
Smith didn’t miss a beat.
“We learned how to teach,” she continued,
“and how to control a class ... and how to make sure cell phones don’t go off in the middle of class. ”
School directors laughed heartily.
Smith went on to describe how her group utlized slideshows instead of handout sheets and discussion instead of lecture with the middle-schoolers.
“The students were more into it. They got to have their opinions heard,” she said.
Among the topics covered was cyberbullying, she said.
At the end of the TMS class the “teachers” reviewed the work and entertained questions.
Tech team Greg Wheeler described to directors how team members taught themselves how to use Google features that allowed them to collaborate from home to put together their presentation.
“We would never have been able to put it together without it,” he said, because of everyone’s busy schedule.
“In the future we’d like to see more implementation of Google and all its services as an educational tool,” said Wheeler.
The students also described their use of an online website that offers college-level courses for free, allowing them to ex