ISTE Update: Creating a Successful Elementary Tech Club

Posted by Matt Berringer on June 26, 2013

JessicaWhiteAs a campus technologist at an elementary school in Killeen ISD, Texas, Jessica White (shown right, center) created and now sponsors an after-school Tech Club for a select group of fourth- and fifth-grade students. White presented a poster session about the program at ISTE 2013.

White says the program is designed to “integrate technology into the lives” of her students. The group meets right after school every other Monday during the academic year. During their time together, Tech Club members explore the world of technology through a variety of innovative lessons, which White shares at THIS LINK.

TShirtEvery year, she selects just 20 students to participate through an application process.

“When I started Tech Club, and every year after that, I have had to turn tons of kids away simply because we don’t have the equipment,” she writes on her ISTE blog post. “Students are so eager to use the technology and share that I was overwhelmed by the response.” Two alternates per grade level also are chosen, in case “students decide it’s not for them or miss too many sessions (three maximum).” White shares her application forms and parent correspondence at THIS LINK.

Connect with White on Twitter @jessicablanca or follow her blog at THIS LINK.

Topics: education, 21st-Century Learner, K-12