What is the iSchool Advocate Program?

Objective: Empower students to model, inspire, and facilitate change through technology at the local school level.

Outcomes:

  1. Create positive agents for change that help facilitate ongoing technology initiatives throughout the district while learning important STEM, leadership, and collaboration skills.

  2. Model 21st century learning (ISTE Standards for Students)

  3. Create projects that inform, build excitement for, and support technology learning initiatives
  4. Develop Deployment Day Support manned by the iSchool Advocates

We work with educators to select students from each school to be student leaders. These students work with the district to help create policy, recommend current apps and content, assist in organizing and fulfilling potential deployment days, and represent the student body in decisions related to technology. The program is delivered through a three-day workshop where our facilitators coach the students to role model and leverage responsible use of technology. After the program, local advisors take on managing and supporting the students for the rest of the school year.

The program integrates ISTE’s core standards for students:

  1. Creativity and Innovation

  2. Communication and Collaboration

  3. Research and information fluency

  4. Critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making

  5. Digital citizenship

  6. Technology operations and concepts


At the end of the program, Advocates will have created several projects to assist the district in a technology initiative. Here are a few examples of projects from prior programs:

Lost Learning Initiative - Students help teachers continue the learning even when students are absent or school is cancelled by using technology such as Edmodo.

Where’s My Bus - Students developed a GPS app to track bus locations and notify parents when the bus was within a certain distance.

Foxy Tech Channel - Students created a YouTube channel with 30-second tech training videos for their teachers.

The Three E’s (Excite, Educate, Engage) - Weekly professional training provided by students for teachers.