Friday, December 4, 2015

The Hack Shack Goes to Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference

By Mrs. Pamela Carr

On Wednesday, December 2 I had the opportunity to be a part of a panel discussion about student-run help desks at the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference in Manchester, NH.  I presented along with teachers from Sanborn Regional High School, The Christa McAuliffe Elementary School, and Pinkerton High School to a room filled with educators from across the state.  The purpose of the panel discussion was to help other schools implement a student-run help desk at their schools.

During the presentation each of us gave an overview of how our help desks were created and how we maintain the program and then members of the audience asked questions.  It was exciting and energizing to see so many schools interested in getting students involved in this real world learning experience.  Audience members were very interested in how Oyster River High School was able to combine the student-run help desk and the maker space into one place where innovation and support are happening daily.

While I was there to give information to other educators, the outcome for me was much more.  I learned so much from the other presenters and from audience members as well.  I got ideas for blog entries that our students can write, new ideas for how we communicate with each other, and inspiration for getting our students to professionally market themselves and the #ORHackShack.  I’m looking forward to implementing new features and curriculum elements into the Advanced IT Services class that provides the employees for the #ORHackShack.

If you are interested in learning more about the #ORHackShack please contact me or Kathy Pearce:

Mrs. Pamela Carr
Twitter: @pammcarr

Ms. Kathy Pearce
Twitter: @KathyPearceNH

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