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Technology Ambassador Program Overview

Media and technology standards are infused throughout the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics and English Language Arts-Literacy, and are central to implementing the Common Core effectively. Technology is no longer an optional add-on, but provides essential tools to enable teachers and students to address the deeper learning goals of the CCSS and demonstrate the essential skills needed for success in college and career. The District's technology ambassador program provides opportunities for students and teachers to address the ISTE Standards for Students by making strategic use of available technology for creation, investigation, research, collaboration, publishing, video and photo production and sharing, and more. This program encourages teachers to learn how the appropriate technologies address the CCSS and technology standards, and to integrate them into their classroom instruction.

iTEAM KiDS

Students, grades 3 - 8, participate in the before/after-school program and assist teachers and students to effectively use the technology available at their campus. iTEAM KiDS develop leadership and speaking skills, and experience hands-on software and hardware training made possible by the technology resources on their school sites. The District iTEAM Coordinator works with the campus iTEAM KiDS teacher, iINSTRUCTOR, to develop goals relevant to each individual campus, its students, teachers, and administrators. The iTEAM Coordinator provides resources and support.

 

In year two, the program adopted GenYES as the core curriculum, but continues to supplement materials to support the use of G Suite (Google Apps) for Education in support of the District's 1:1 Personalized Blended Learning initiative. iINSTRUCTORS and iTEAM KiDS are trained to use a ticket system within the GenYES web-based program to organize the workflow of teachers' requests for support and training. This resource is made possible in large part by the partnership between the Yuma County School Superintendent's Office and Cisco Corporation.

iINSTRUCTORS are Treasure Hunters

Fall 2016 Yuma School District ONE's iTEAM KiDS program adopted the Kids at Hope philosophy to better meet the needs of the 350+ students in our technology ambassador program. "As adults and Treasure Hunters we are committed to search for all the talents, skills and intelligence that exist in all children and youth. We believe all children are capable of success, NO EXCEPTIONS."​

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Students will:

  • Have access to the Internet to research and evaluate Web 2.0 tools for instructional use (Websites, interactive Websites, Apps, etc.).

  • Receive training and provide support with all/some of the following depending on campus availability and needs (other tools may be introduced to meet the needs of a task).

    • G Suite (Google Apps) for Education

    • Web 2.0 Tools

    • iPads, Apps, and AppleTV

    • Promethean boards and ActivInspire software

    • Video creation and editing

Students are required to:

  • Attend the iTEAM KiDS before/after-school one-hour session two to four times per week depending on the program to which they are assigned.

  • If selected, attend and present at the annual District-wide Professional Development Day for teachers. (Each student group will present two 50-minute sessions.)

  • Assist teachers in the creative and effective integration of technology into student learning activities and projects.

  • Support technology through mini-showcases, etc. on their campus.

  • Support their peers with troubleshooting and maintaining their devices.

  • Be a good digital citizen and postiive role model.

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