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Technology Club

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Hallie Linnebur

on 16 May 2014

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Tech Club! What is that?
It’s an extracurricular enrichment club for students with an interest in exploring different forms of technology. There are many possibilities for how such a club may be structured and lots of options for different areas of focus. The size and type of club will be influenced by the amount of funding/equipment available, the needs and interests of the students and their families, the time and energy you are willing to commit as leader of the club, and many other factors.
Why Start an Enrichment Club?
“4.2 million school-age children ages 5 to 14 years are home alone while their mothers are at work. That’s 14 percent of school-age children with working mothers. More than 15 million youth (26%) are responsible for taking care of themselves in the hours after school.
On school days, the hours from 3-6 PM are peak hours for:
kids to smoke, drink, do drugs, and engage in sex,
innocent kids to become crime victims,
16- and 17-year-olds to be in a car crash,
teens to commit crimes.”
“Researchers estimate that every dollar invested in after school programs saves $2.50 in crime-related costs.”
“Participants in after school programs are much more likely to go on to high-quality high schools compared to non-participants (65 percent vs. 26 percent). Those who attend often are also more likely to be promoted to tenth grade on time (92 percent vs. 81 percent). Earning promotion to tenth grade on time is a key predictor of high school graduation. (Policy Studies Associates, December 2006)”

Why Start a TECH club?
Build confidence and develop important skills in an area that is very relevant to success in the real world – technology!
Provide students with opportunities to work with equipment and programs they might not otherwise have access to, and gain valuable experience
Club members are often able to become “tech leaders” in the classroom and provide tech assistance for teachers and students during regular class time
What Will We Do?
Long-term projects
– larger, more involved projects completed over the course of the semester, broken up into smaller chunks
Short-term projects
– smaller projects completed every week or every other week
Both long-term and short-term projects can be completed as one large group, in teams or small groups, or by individuals
– students go through an “academy”-style course, learning about one topic in-depth (such as Powerpoint, Computers, the Web, etc.).
Students may earn a “certification” for completing the course, and receive additional responsibilities, like offering tech support to other students during class time.
Open Lab
- One or more days a week, students may come in and use whatever technology is available, on their own, with support from teacher or other students.
Open Lab could be a stand-alone program, or used in conjunction with any of the aforementioned options.

Technology Club
There are many options for how to structure a tech club. It might be helpful to take an interest survey of potential club members before making decisions about the structure of your club and choosing potential projects.
Ideas for Implementing a Tech-based
Enrichment Club for Upper Elementary Students

By Hallie Linnebur
In the following slides, you will find several ideas for all aspects of planning and implementing a technology club for upper-elementary students. My hope is that readers might use this guide as inspiration or a jumping-off point for creating tech clubs of their own!
After-school clubs DO make a difference!
(from http://www.everychildmatters.org/about/issues/after-school-programs)
Will we Meet?
This depends mostly on the level of commitment that
you are able to make as a teacher, and also the schedules,
interest-levels, and needs of the students interested in the program.

After school – the perfect time for an extracurricular program – there is a lot of flexibility in the timeframe and how many days a week the group will meet.

Before school – especially great for schools that start later in the morning. Many parents are able to drop students off on their way to work, an hour before school starts.

During lunch – if after school or before school is just not feasible, another option is to meet during lunch. This would be an especially good option to use in addition to a scheduled
“open-lab” time. Students could listen, discuss, and watch demonstrations as they eat their meals, and apply
the concepts during class or during open lab
hours, before or after school.

Who Will
be Members?
Many enrichment programs are set up to accommodate a certain number of students, and slots are filled on a “first-come, first-served” basis.

Some tech clubs require a membership application, a certain level of academic performance, or some demonstration of aptitude from the student.

Other clubs are “come-one, come-all,” with no restrictions on who is allowed
to participate.

Where Can
I Get Funding?
Reach out to local businesses/organizations for donations of money or used equipment.

Many federal and private resources for grants and funding are available, depending on your location, students’ socio-economic status or risk level, and the focus or goal of your after-school club:
https://www.afterschoolinstitute.org/tasi/ getfunding/default.aspx

In order for your club to run smoothly, you may need a few responsible helpers, based on the type of projects planned and number of students (minimum 1 adult for every 8 to 12 students)

Reach out to:
Other Teachers and Faculty
High School or college students (possible volunteer hours, extra credit, letters of recommendation, or other incentives)
Professionals in related fields

Topics to Explore
You may choose to explore multiple topics in your club week-by-week, or focus on one or two exclusively. Here are some popular options for either format:

Common computer problems/solutions - troubleshooting
Powerpoint/Microsoft Office
Building Websites
Digital photography and photo manipulation (Photoshop/GIMP)
Video recording/editing/Youtube

Project Possibilities
Students enjoy creative endeavors and taking ownership of a finished product that they worked hard on and can feel proud of. Here are some great options for long-term projects:

Producing a weekly “news broadcast” video clip
Making a music video
Documenting a momentous event at the school and editing video
Creating a blog, Youtube channel, podcast, or website for the group/class/school
Digital photo album documenting an event, project, or “life as a 5th grader”
Become a “tech support” team – go through training for troubleshooting and assisting with whatever technology will be used in regular classroom activities the following week, then group members may assist with technology set-up and problem-solving during class.

Possibilities to
Teaming up with a high school or middle school tech club to create a mentor program

Specialized clubs depending on student interest (robotics, Claymation, digital photography)

Field Trips (Apple Store, middle school/high school robotics competition, TV station/radio station)

Resources to Check Out:
Great website for a tech-based elementary school,
with lots of fantastic inspiration for groups and projects:
Nice model of a real 4th and 5th grade Tech Club:
Another real tech club model:
Another real tech club model, with a focus on journalism:
Pinterest board with lots of tech club ideas:
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