Tech Crewsader Report
The first edition of the Tech Crewsaders magazine was a unique surprise for the students, staff and parents of the Seoul Foreign School community. Immediately following the magazine’s onset, it became very clear that there was a need and an opportunity for our student tech support team to help the many, even beyond the SFS community, beginning the journey towards tech integration. This became evident when I was presenting at Seoul American High School and conferencing with the other Asia Pacific US Department of Defense Schools that are going one-to-one next year. This experience brought to light that not all schools are as fortunate as we are, nor have the resources we do. This is a fact we have easily forgotten as we are only in the early stages of our rollout. At SFS, we have had the opportunity to bring in consultants, travel to schools paving the way in Ed. Tech, offer professional development for our staff and employ educators who have integration experience; this is not the case for many schools. We are by no means a fully technologically integrated institution, but we are on the right road to get there. The challenge is, however, as we are reminded daily, “there” does not really exist. Tech integration is a never ending journey and the goal is simply to continually move forward. Specifically, the Tech Crewsaders’ goal, by creating resources like this magazine, is to help navigate the SFS community so that we can continue to become leaders in Educational Technology.
Brian Hamm, B.Ed, M.EdEducational Technology Integrationist
Our first month with the Magazine was definitely a successful one, and without a doubt I must say that it would not be possible without the wonderful team that makes up our publication. As said earlier from Lillian, we are 60 subscribers strong and still growing. With this forward momentum I am absolutely proud of what we had achieved so far, and very excited for what is to come in the second trimester of this year.
However, our magazine is still a matter of debate amongst the many, which to some it is of no meaning and purpose, but is only insignificant compared to the other publications in the past. To which we would reply to such comment as inaccurate and very miss leading to our current viewer-ship. The message that we convey in the magazine is not only centered in content, but instead we center our attention to every aspect of our magazine equally. For example, the mount of care that we put into selecting the best of typography, the best of image quality, and the best of layout ideology, is what we think a publication is truly about. If you are only focusing your strength and efforts, on content and leave the design in the dark, your publication will only go so far. Without long, people will be bored, and people will lose faith in it.
Another concern that is rising is that many individuals, our magazine is seen to them as rising competition. To which I would clarify that such a statement is false. We see the Magazine as not something that would surpass what is already present, but we see it as the push for innovation, and an example of what all SFS publication can look like—modern and strikingly beautiful. As ET we are here to help, not to challenge. We are willing to put as much heart and soul to any other publication as we did to our own, we are willing to aid you. If there can exist a cross collaborative platform between ET and other publication, a problem that we can together fix together is all the pixilation, distortion, refraction, or any other dreadful photographic problems we all presently have. To us it all comes down to our students, and our viewers and nothing else. Nevertheless, none of these changes can be possible without dialogue, do not remain silent, we are he fore you, but you must accept our presence. We are not here to eliminate the past; we are here to push the future of publication.
Dhira Web Khewsubtrakool Editor–in-Chief of the Tech Crewsader Magazine
In the beginning of the month we printed 75 copies of our very first publication of the ET magazine. Out of the 75, 54 were distributed to teachers first of the High School, and the rest to the administration as well as other networks of SFS. We were very grateful of the feedback we received from the teachers:
“The design and layout of this magazine is truly revolutionary better than what we have seen in the past.” -Anonymous
“This is the right path on which our publications should definitely be heading.” -Anonymous
“Not only is the magazine a joy to read for entertainment, but also a strong source of knowledge.” -Anonymous
Then at the end of the month we printed another 60 copies for our student subscribers all of which are gone. So as you can see, the demand for our magazine is growing quicker than we anticipated.
With the first release we have seen further demands from both the Middle School teachers as well as the British School teachers. Thus in the future, our publication will be delivered to nearly the entire school, and play an even bigger role in our community development than any other publication.
Not only is the magazine playing part in our community but it is also spreading in the network of 1-to-1 schools all over the world. Currently a batch of our Magazine has been sent over to SAHS and from there it is shared to other Base schools with the 1-to-1 programs as well. Then with the impending release of our interactive iPad version of the Tech Crewsaders Magazine, we will be able to release our magazine in great numbers and in more places than ever before.
So as the end of the semester is fast approaching, we are calling student individuals to join our team. Become part of a publication that is delivering to the world, become part of the team that truly makes a difference in the school. If you think you can make our ET bigger in any ways, such as publication, marketing, design, and creativity, be sure to sign up.
We are the future of SFS itself.
Lillian Sheng Writer for the Tech Crewsaders Magazine