Tech Detectives

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May 30, 2013 by Brad Currie

Below you will find a guest blog post written by four members of the newly formed Tech-Detectives at Black River Middle School. We are very proud of their efforts and feel their story should be told……..



By: Andrew, Anthony, Jeremy, and Peter

TechDetectives2As the time goes by and new technology comes out, it confuses many teachers and makes them want to throw their elmo and other smart devices on the cold, hard ground. So, that’s where we come in ; the Black River Tech Detective’s… any problem you have, we’ll be here to help. From little things like installing Chrome on computers or bigger things like preparing computer carts for various events, we are at your service. Even little things help the teachers out so much, because that can be the difference between a productive day or a ripping-your-hair-out day.  If your students  can’t print off their computer or you can’t incorporate technology in your lesson, that’s usually where teachers give up, and right at that breach we come in. Just ask any teacher and they will tell you, “ You are a lifesaver in Technology .”

In truth, it is no longer the 19th century. Today in 2013 there are many new forms of technology that are used around the school. Mrs. Garrison, the technology teacher at Black River Middle School and her students decided that technology class was just not enough to benefit our schools technology needs. Furthermore, many students enjoy working with technology. With that being said, combining students that enjoy working with technology, and teachers who need to know a bit more about technology, Tech- Detectives are the newest … “TECH” invention.

As Tech D-Techtives, our job is to troubleshoot the school’s technology issues or to fix a certain problem that a teacher may be having with his or her’s technology that they have in their classrooms. In addition, we are available to teach a lesson about a technology device to a staff member that maybe just got a new iPad or Kindle Fire and wants to know how to use it. Some of the troubleshooting we do involves fixing laptops and laptop carts that are not functioning properly. Also, we work with Smart Boards and Elmos that the teachers may be having a problem with like the markers not working. With Elmos, we will hook Elmos up to Smart Boards so teachers can use their Elmos without having to project the information onto a white board because their information will go right onto the Smart Board. We have certain students who may own or know very much about certain device. We can send them to a teacher to teach them about this device. Since Tech D-Techtives started in January, there has been an all positive outcome and the school’s technology has been functioning much better than it was for the most part. If Tech D-Techtives began in your school, you would be shocked to see how much some students know about technology and how much smoother your technology would be running.

This past year, the impact of the BRMS Tech-DETectives Tech Club has been astounding. Between the troubleshooting on Friday afternoons with one on one teacher to student conferences to editing the school tech website, the feedback from the teachers and faculty has been positive and grateful. Having a technology club helps teachers because they can actually utilise technology in their classrooms instead of wasting time getting frustrated when things aren’t working. (which happens very often!) Teachers at BRMS no longer sigh or get frustrated when they want to do a lesson on the smartboard and things alike that. They just call the tech club, and everything is fine! BRMS, thanks to the tech club, all in all, is a very tech savvy place!

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Brad Currie

Brad Currie

Brad Currie is the Middle School Dean of Students and Supervisor of Instruction for the Chester School District in Chester, NJ. He is the co-founder and co-moderator of #Satchat on Twitter. Brad is passionate educational technology and social media in the school setting.

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