TECH CREWSADER REPORT
“Innovate wildly” was the message that kicked off the Google Apps for Education Summit in Singapore that I attended earlier this year, and it is this message I have passed on to the Seoul Foreign School Tech Crewsaders as we have begun our journey into the world of educational technology. So far this year I have been fortunate enough to work with a group of eighteen very talented and hard working students who have poured their hearts and souls into establishing the first ever SFS student tech leadership team, The Tech Crewsaders.
This magazine is one of many student driven initiatives that aim to serve the near 1500 student, staff, and parent SFHS community members. When the publications team presented me with this document I was blown away. This was not the first experience of its kind while working with this amazing team as The Tech Crewsaders continually exceed my expectations and have truly transformed how we incorporate technology into Seoul Foreign High School. Enjoy the first edition and look out for more.
Brian Hamm, B.Ed, M.EdEducational Technology Integrationist
As an editor of the first ever Tech Crewsaders Magazine, I am proud to say that for the past 3 months after launch we have worked very hard to get this first edition out to the community of SFS. I hope that if you are reading this magazine you have an interest in our work and are prone to accepting new ideas and techniques to help aid you. From this day on, we, the ET publication team, will bring you the most interesting Tips and Tricks, and new information about the technology that we see everyday in our community.
While enjoying the pages, I would also like to draw attention to the top corners of each page. There you will see rectangular boxes with filled colors in them to show the complexity of the topic. The Magazine is ordered into levels of ascending complexity, with the colors going from a light shade of blue to a deep red. However for me, I hope that you will have the chance reading at least some of the pages in this magazine to get an idea at what we are like as people as well.
In conclusion, I wish the best of luck to you, the readers, whether faculty, teachers, administration, or students as you read this, and only view it in a perspective of a first try at a new publication in SFS. There will be mistakes, and there maybe errors, but we will always thrive to improve from our first edition onwards. Thus we the writers and editors of the Magazine, will always welcome any suggestions or fixes, even to old editions!
Cheers and Many Thanks,
Dhira Web Khewsubtrakool Editor–in-Chief of the Tech Crewsader Magazine
At the beginning of August, SFHS launched the Educational Technology Team with nineteen members including Mr. Hamm as the advisory teacher. Our help desk is located to the far left of the High School Library as you come in through the entrance. All students and faculty are welcome and there are usually two to three ET members there to help you out on any tech-related issues. Lastly, we, as members of the ET Team, urge all teachers to come get help as soon as possible if any queries or problems arises.
Charging Stations Launch
As our first step towards the promotion of the ET team, we have launched the Charging stations, which are located next to the vending machines on the first floor of the High School Lobby. The main objective of the Charging stations is to prevents us having to carry heavy laptop s around the school when it may be running low on battery. Each Station is in the form of a safe; therefore security will not be a problem when charging your laptops.
One big problem that we, the ET Team, have been facing is the constant complaints as to why there is no charger inside the Station. As a result, we have summed up three points to respond to those complaints. First of all, due to security reasons we did not include chargers because we were unable to guarantee that the chargers would stay in the Stations for the long run. Secondly, due to cost restraints, it is absolutely impossible to buy or replace lost or broken chargers. Lastly, students at SFHS use different models and brands of laptops, therefore resulting in different types of chargers meaning that it would be impossible to track every single charger down and purchase them.
And finally as a reminder, the Charging Stations are there for everyone to use; students and staff.
We would also like to thank all that participated for the Logo Competition. We have received well over 20 submissions of great quality, For us to narrow down our choices was truly a difficult task for all of us, because all of them were just un believably good. Thus in concluding of premiere edition we would like to congratulate Chris Lim on her amazing logo submission that won her the new iPod Nano from none other than Apple.
Lillian Sheng Writer for the Tech Crewsaders Magazine