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The Student Technology Innovation and Integration course, open to students in grades 10, 11, and 12, is a semester long, hands on study of technology integration in an educational context. Students are required to assess problem sets throughout the day and define the best approach to addressing or solving the problem. In addition to solving problems for students and teachers, students will be required to complete and maintain several running projects that address problems or solutions in educational technology integration. The course also asks students to have a prior understanding of Apple OS, Microsoft Windows OS, and the iPad iOS. To be considered for Help Desk, students are required to interview with the Instructional Technology Specialist, members of the Burlington Public School Ed Tech Team, as well as the BHS administration. Interviews are held in the late spring. Upon successful completion of Student Technology Integration I, and with the approval of the Instructional Technology Specialist, students may elect to enroll in Student Technology Integration II.

Take a look inside the BHS Help Desk…the video below was created by Cat Hoyt, Help Desk staff member and BHS student, Class of 2015. 

*In addition to skills and knowledge related to educational technology, Help Desk students should possess strong research, writing, and critical thinking skills. Students are expected to be self-motivated, independent learners.

Supporting Course Documents:

Help Desk

Help Desk Agreement

Help Desk Course Syllabus
Help Desk Blogging Rubric

(Visit Alice Keeler’s site to learn how to use Rubrics in Google Sheets)
Blogging Tips
WIRED- 5 Steps of Great Customer Service
WIRED-5 Steps of Great Customer Service (Video)
Educational App Review Guide
Help Desk Presentation Evaluation Form
Help Desk Live – Facilitator Guidelines & Rubric

20% Time Documents:
Individual Portfolio Requirements
Individual Learning Endeavor Description (Infographic)
Individual Learning Endeavor SMART Goal Planning Sheet
ILE Smart Goal Planning Video
Individual Learning Endeavor Presentation 

Student Projects:
Career Portfolio Project

Shark Tank Tech Edition Project
BHS Teacher Profile
Google Glass in Education
Google Glass Presentation Evaluation
Screencasting Best Practices

Help Desk is an exciting program to be a part of at Burlington High School. Upon completion of the program, students will have gained authentic experiences which they can include in a digital portfolio and share with a college admissions officer and/or a potential employer. Take a look at all that Help Desk has to offer to students:

Questions about starting a student-run tech team at your school? 

After looking through the resources on this blog, (free for you to adapt to fit the needs of your own student tech team) feel free to connect with LeRoy Wong, Burlington Public Schools Instructional Technology Specialist, at
lwong@bpsk12.org or find him on Twitter at @leroywong

We are happy to answer any questions you have about creating and maintaining a student run technology support team.
We are available to chat via Google Hangout, Skype, or can arrange for you, your students, IT staff, and/or school administration to come to Burlington for an up close and personal look at how our Help Desk program runs.

6 thoughts on “About

  1. I love how you guys made this and how your keeping up with everything and to do how-to’s. I would not have guessed you already got on top of Windows 8. This is very interesting.
    – Kudos from a student in Palm Beach County School District.

  2. Your followers are global, Jenn. I’m particularly impressed with the copious amounts of former students who are so appreciative of all of the vital content, strategies, skills and knowledge which they’ve acquired being students in your classes throughout your many years in the pedagogy. You’re preparing them for lifelong learning in the 21st century learning economy. Their success truly rewards you in return. Thanks for your ardent investment into your students and staff here at BHS. Cheers to your success!!

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  4. Great! Would like to initiate something in our Calgary high school!! I’ll reach out.

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