Tech Crewsaders Report
It is hard to believe that 2013 has just kicked off and so has the training of our second group of Tech Crewsaders (TC), the SFHS student tech support team. When I look back at where we started, I cannot believe how far we have come. Less then five months we commandeered an old study/supply room in the library and transformed it into a dynamic hub not just exclusive to Tech Crewsaders, where students, staff, and parents can come anytime for tech support. Additionally, the team has worked tirelessly to develop virtual support spaces, such as; the TC website, Facebook page, Blog, YouTube channel, tutorials, and lastly this magazine. A publication that has brought focus to the group and become a cornerstone for the team to rally around. The Tech Crewsaders magazine team has done extremely well to publish a magazine of exceptional quality in a short space of time that has generated a significant buzz on campus. As we move into 2013 the challenge is to refine our purpose factor, a process that has already begun as we are starting to train out little brothers and sisters in the Seoul Foreign Middle School and British School. Secondly, we need to expand our audience by exporting that buzz beyond the campus walls not only by publishing digitally but by getting involved in international collaborative projects.
Brian Hamm, B.Ed, M.Ed Educational Technology Integrationist
Without a doubt I believe that the Tech Crewsaders Team, including our publishing group, has achieved many goals in our first semester as one. Nevertheless we have not yet slowed down and our momentum to always be innovating in every aspect possible with our magazine continues.
Firstly, adding on to Lillian, not only are we expanding fully to the Middle School, and the British School, but the interest of our magazine had grown at the same time to the Administration, and Management divisions of SFS. This would mark, from what I know, the first time that a High School publication is sent to and subscribed by members of all devisions. Every month we are sending the magazine to Dr. Engstrom, and very recently to the board members. Knowing that, I believe that our magazine truly has an unquestionable purpose for SFS.
On one hand, since the beginning, the Tech Crewsaders team always believed that everything we publish needs to be spread in as many different ways as possible. Very recently, checking back on the analytics on our online published magazine, it was revealed to us that our magazine was seen by more than 1500 people around the world. Which totally exceeded all our expectations.
With so many people viewing our monthly magazine, the ET department is representing SFS on a global scale. It is our hope that we are able to represent our community in a positive manner and that other schools can view our success in developing a thriving ET branch. In the future, we will strive to lead similar schools to develop successful technology departments, just like ours.
At the same time, with the New Year, comes new opportunities. In the next few weeks we plan to officially launch our previewed digital iPad Magazine to the app store. Quickly following the planned release, we will be launching our currently developing Tech Crewsader’s website. This will continue to develop our online presence even further and allow us to reach out to the global community, as well as to grow locally.
Finally, in the same way as Lillian, I would like to thank all English teachers who had supported our magazine since the beginning, as the end and closing point of my editors note this month.
Dhira Web Khewsubtrakool, Editor–in-Chief of the Tech Crewsader
First off, welcome back to the second semester of the 2012–2013 school year! We wish everyone a good six months ahead and the Tech Crewsader team is also looking forward to kicking off the New Year with more innovative creations.
As a part of our first step towards welcoming the new semester, we launched the sign-up for potential Tech Crewsader members. Frankly, we did not expect many, but to our surprise, a total of 10+ members were added to the team. To many, this may seem like a meager amount, however in the beginning we started with roughly 20 members, so we saw a 50% increase in group size. Our team has grown exponentially this year.
Originally, with the last two issues of the magazine, we only released them to the students and teachers in the High School, followed by the Middle School, and the British School. However, due to continuous collaboration with the ET team in the Middle School and the British School, we discovered that the students there were also interested in the magazine. If our plans for the next few weeks prove to be successful, we may in fact be the first High School crew to deliver publications to more than one student body.
Lastly, we would like to thank some people that helped us along the way with the last three issues of our magazine. We owe our thanks to Mrs. Lauren Jackson, Mrs. Yougen Lee and Mr. Steve Dornbach for being part of the editing process for our publications. They have been a core factor in enhancing and taking the magazine forward from its infancy, and we will always welcome and encourage future support from anyone who wishes to help.