The Coordinator Report
As I thumb through the pages of our 5th edition of this magazine, it is easy to forget that just one year ago it was simply an idea; one of many innovative ideas the SFHS Tech Crewsaders bring forward daily. It is their ability to identify need, "think big" and take risks that turned the idea into a project, and the project into a publication that has reached over 10,000 readers in a year. This student group of talented designers and forward thinkers are doing daily exactly what they ask of their readers: challenging and enhancing the status-quo by embracing change and simply being creative with technologies available to them.
When I reflect upon the past year of development with the Tech Crewsaders, I am blown away and inspired by how these students have fully used this opportunity as a vehicle for growth - as individuals, as a student group and as part of a much larger community. The Hilary Cooper quote: "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away" is one of my favorites and applicable to the year I've shared with this group. As educators, we live for these moments when it's simply great to be a teacher. We have all experienced the eb and flow of such moments, but for me, the past year with the Tech Crewsader has definitely left me breathless; partly because of the pace these ambitious tech savvy students have set for the club and for this publication, but mostly from simply watching and working with them in their element and at their best.
I hope you find this issue helpful and supportive, but I also hope it inspires and challenges you, as the Tech Crewsaders inspire and challenge me, to "think big" and be creative with the countless technologies available to you.
Looking back at how much we have achieved during the past year in terms of the Tech Crewsaders magazine, I am truly amazed and astounded by what I, my team, and our publication have achieved. In the beginning, the Tech Crewsaders magazine was meant to be a small tech editorial developed for teachers to help them integrate technology effectively, but it quickly became apparent that there was greater potential and demand elsewhere. Now, we stand at around a one-third subscription rate for the entire school, with thousands of online readers from around the world. What we are today is, without a doubt, something that we could not have imagined just a year ago.
However, we cannot stop just yet and soak in our achievement. We must continue to move forward to reach new grounds. Soon, we will launch the brand new techcrewsader.com website, after the Google Summit in Seoul, which is taking place right here at SFS. Not only it will it be state of the art, but we believe that the way that it will look and feel will also reflect our design philosophy in everything that we do. In the same way that our redesigned magazine is characterized by its flat design and clean grid-based layout, our website is clean, plain, simple, and flat, but at the same time, very valuable in content and complexity.
Consistency in design represents the coherence of vision and philosophy that exists within our team. We believe that the first question that we must answer when beginning to design something is our identity - who are we and what do we want to become? From there, we can begin to craft around our intentions to provide the best publication and website we can make.
Tech Crewsader's Report
As the Senior Editor & Writer, I proudly present the first Issue of our 2013-14 academic year!
After a year since it’s launch, the Tech Crewsader Magazine now has over 16,000 total online viewership, with the Spring Issue accounting for more than 10,000. Locally, the Tech Crewsaders magazine is now delivering to the subscribed one third of the High School and all divisions of the SFS community, which also includes members of the business office and school wide staff. Furthermore, this fall issue will be distributed to international educators that will be attending the Google Summit held at SFS as well, which will improve our magazine’s standing in the international community.
At the same time, the Tech Crewsaders, have been involved in many aspects of the Seoul Foreign School community that may not be so widely known. Not so long ago the Tech Crewsader team taught a total of 3 classes on the use of Adobe InDesign to the Yearbook team. Concurrently, We also focus our energy into implementing our design philosophy into different organizations and teams at SFS as well. For the Seoul Model United Nations club, the Tech Crewsader team has redesigned the seomunkorea.com website into a symbol of modern web design. Additionally, they took on the task of redesigning logos, posters, stationaries, and many more components that makes up the SEOMUN experience.
We hope that this trend of involvement in the community continues, as that is our purpose and our natural role.