This year I started an after school club called the SWAT Team (Students Working to Advance Technology)
Our website: http://nstechteam.weebly.com
I have 18 fourth and fifth graders who are part of the first S.W.A.T team (Students Working to Advance Technology). This group of kiddos work with me after school and we complete app reviews to decide which apps should stay and which apps should go, as well as determine appropriate grade levels for each app. We also create blog posts about apps and different technology related writing prompts, and finally, we have “Genius Bar Hours” where students can help classroom teachers with their technology needs. Our first big event is going to be in two weeks. It is our first ever “App Speed Share Event.” Similar to speed dating, this is going to be a fun, fast paced learning event for teachers to discover 10 new apps on their iPad. Each student on the team will spend 3.5 minutes discussing the features of each app and the implications in the classroom. My students are so excited for this event. It’s really a great leadership opportunity for the kiddos and they surprise me with their dedication, creativity, and leadership skills.