Tech Crewsaders Report
The current evolution of education is challenging schools from all over the globe to integrate technology in new ways as they try to, what the S.A.M.R model calls, redefine learning. Schools, networks, and pedagogy are literally being redesigned and refined on a daily basis, but the process of natural selection, when it comes to tech tools, leaves many educators and administrators perpetually frustrated as they again search for the perfect formula/combination of tools that will fully support and transform their institutions. When will it end?
The simple answer is, possibly never. Educators need not only to redefine the way they teach and the tools they teach with, but more importantly, they need to refine how they see themselves as educators. The “Master Teacher” label of the past no longer exists, or at the very least, has also been redefined. Educators have to reconcile themselves to being perpetual novices. You cannot stop the speed of the evolution of tech, therefore, educators have to be the agents of natural selection while refining their practice. This positively models to students that they are willing to take a risk, fail, and try again. This is the behavior that is essential to being an effective 21st century educator.
The Tech Crewsaders are a model of this shift. We started as a small group with no idea of where we were going. We all arrived with preconceived notions of what the club might look like, and have had to surrender some concepts that we thought were absolute. Somehow though, as a group, month in month out, we refine our presence, processes, and purpose as we attempt to redefine student tech innovation and support at Seoul Foreign School. Where we are looks nothing like where we were, and where we are, looks nothing like we are going. It is an exciting place to be, driven by the curiosity and passions of our team.
Brian Hamm, B.Ed, M.Ed Educational Technology Integrationist
First dear reader, I am glad to be back with the Magazine again, it has truly felt like a very long time. However, there are some very good reasons behind such a decision to the publication for this long.
Right after the release of the January Issue I had achieved news from my parents that I may have a chance of moving out of Korea by the end of this year. Even if I do or do not move there will be at some point in the future where I will no longer be able to serve for ET and for SFS. So maintaining the strength of ET has shifted to become my primary priority.
In the month of February I was heavily concerned for mainly the longevity of the Magazine. Thus I introduced the Pilot program to my fellow editors to try to pursue. The main goal of the Pilot program is for me to help and guide 2 of my editors as they try to take the roles of Editor-in-chiefs. This means that both of them will undertake all the tasks that I usually do including both layouts, design and administration. At first, Jimmy and Chris, were extremely excited and enthusiastic to become a leader of a school publication. What they did not know was how demanding the responsibility was. I knew from the beginning that the Pilot program will not end in a month but instead longer. Nevertheless I believe that learning without rush and with the ability to reflect upon one’s own work as we go along the Pilot program was without a doubt a very rewarding experience for the two and for myself as a friend and a mentor.
As the Pilot program pushed on during March I was greatly involved in promoting the Tech Crewsaders internationally at the FLAT conference for nearly a week. The conference is comprised of around 80 students from more than 10 schools in Asia who came together with the aim of helping each other with technology. In my belief for club members to be fully committed to their team they need to feel that they are valued for their work. As such, I made it one of my primary goals to promote our work at the Japan FLAT conference. There, every student and teacher that the team were able to connect with were absolutely stunned and amazed by our work and had never seen anything done in our field at this caliber before in the past.
In the end, it could not be 100% possible for me to give you the full log of what I had personally worked on for our school and the Tech Crewsaders during the Magazine’s absence. But I am forever in everyone’s debt for continuing to support our team and what we had done and what we will do.
Dhira Web Khewsubtrakool, Editor-in-Chief of the Tech Crewsader
In this Spring Issue, Jimmy Yuh, and I have had the privilege of being given the opportunity to work as co-pilot editor for the Spring Edition of the ET Magazine. The pilot program is an opportunity for ambitious members to pursue and experience the responsibility of becoming the editor in chief. Before writing my introduction I would like to thank Web Khewsubtrakool for trusting us with such a valuable job to both of us, to try and explore first-hand the significance of becoming the editor in chief.
It is our main goal between ourselves that we deliver a magazine with quality unparalleled to its prior editions. During our time as pilot editor in chiefs, we realized it was imperative to be able to manage our time efficiently, be able to remain calm in heated situations, and be able to work as a team using our own initiatives to guide our team members. In addition, we hoped to achieve the ultimate goal of producing an edition surpassing its predecessors and thus time was not the limit. “Time is not an issue” was the advice which Web presented us, “it is more important to learn and understand from our mistakes than be late.”
Accompanied by Web, a task which seemed impossible to begin with slowly began to unravel before us, and we strive to produce a product which was lavish in design, but more importantly, rich in content. With much appreciated encouragements from Web, 2 months later, we are finally proud to deliver the ET Magazine: Spring Edition.