Student-powered technology integration enhances
21st Century learning skills
September, all sixth - eighth graders in our schools will be
participating in the TechYES program.
Each student will
create and complete
two original technology projects of their
own design that will help them demonstrate
their creativity and ingenuity, while honing the technology,
thinking and planning skills they will need to be successful in
the 21st Century.
All students who complete both projects will earn “Technology
Literate” national certification. They will also join the list
of TechYES certified students nationwide.
How does it work?
Students will have
plenty of support as they delve further into their technology
skills and work on their projects:
• The TechYES Student Guide offers
tips, sample projects and step-by-step planning instructions
that will guide students through all the steps necessary to
become TechYES certified.
• NYSSTL Club members –
student peers, who have volunteered to help their classmates, are there to tutor, assist and evaluate finished projects.
• Adults, including the NYSSTL
advisor, teachers, administrators, librarians and family members, are also
available to provide coaching, guidance and support.
• Most importantly, students will
draw on their own resourcefulness, knowledge and problem-solving
What kinds of
projects will they tackle?
To become TechYES
certified, all seventh-grade students will conceive, design and carry out
two projects, using technology to gather and organize
information, construct a presentation and then share what they
learned with their classmates and teachers.
What can parents do
There are several
ways that parents can help make the TechYES program more
• Support your
children’s efforts to create projects that express their
interests and passions through technology.
• If you have
technology skills yourself, you can volunteer to help your
children and their classmates by serving as an “expert project
• Encourage your
children to join NYSSTL as a Student Technology Leader and share
their technology skills with other students.
children's classroom teachers or building principal to learn
more about the TechYES program.
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