Technology & Learning, August 1998, p. 24
Schools have found that students can serve as a highly skilled resource to help schools manage their technology.
On the technical side, students have been particularly successful; here’s a sample of what children across the country are doing to help their schools:
- Troubleshoot malfunctioning computers and perform routine maintenance on others.
- Refurbish old equipment, replacing outdated parts, even building new computers from scratch.
- Develop training manuals to teach others how to use software and hardware.
- Clean and dust computers, printers, and monitors.
- Rewire classrooms with network cabling and install network hubs.
- Install new software and upgrade existing programs.
- Help with server maintenance, including broken disk drives, forgotten passwords, and lost data.
- Program and maintain school web sites.
- Conduct research on the Internet to assist teachers, as well as set up distance learning applications with other schools and government agencies.
- Provide training for others at the school, including fellow students, teachers, administrators, and community members.