Yes, a Tech Team in an elementary classroom. It works and is just short of magical in the way it will transform your students and classroom management while using Technology.
Does the thought of managing the computer login process send you hiding under your desk? Especially if you teach in an elementary classroom. I. Hear. You. my friend. Let me tell you my story.
Last year our school became a Google school, yeah! All of our email domains changed and each student was assigned a login that stays with them until high school graduation. (My district has one elementary, middle and high school – did I mention I live in a smallish town?) We also received sets of Chromebooks, not 1:1 but we share the carts among our grade levels.
During our first session with our Chromebooks, I proceeded, by myself, to assist 20 students to log in using their emails and passwords. (Remember my students are 7 years old)
“Miss Hannigan my email doesn’t work” “Miss Hannigan my password is wrong” “Miss Hannigan I don’t get it” etc. It was a good learning moment for me as a teacher.
I needed assistance, and quick! Thus, the Tech Team was born (drum roll sound)
Any of my students who want to join are welcome, the catch is, they give up a few recesses to practice logging on and off and some basic troubleshooting skills. Last year I had four students and they were amazing! #leadershipskills
It was a complete success, the students loved the responsibility and watching them help their peers was wonderful.
My students LOVE wearing their badges and from then on, anytime we used the Chromebooks the Tech Team was there to assist me. This year, having learned my lesson, I have another team in training. They are doing really well, and super excited to wear their badges. If you want to check out this resource, you can click here to see it in my TpT store or Pin the image to check out later.
There were other side effects of the Tech Team. Leadership and Student Independence soared and our classroom community became stronger. Our team of students became so good at their jobs that they were outsourced to other classrooms to assist. As an added bonus I take a photo of the Team and put it in their memory books at the end of the year with their lanyard 🙂
The resource includes badges with numbers and without, color and printer-friendly options and two different styles. Print on white or colored cardstock and laminate for durability.