Brian McCormick’s program consists of approximately twelve 5th and 6th graders who serve as Student Tech Mentors. During weekly meetings, Mr. McCormick and his students review teacher and staff technology request forms. The students determine the needs and priorities. They work in teams to address the technology problems with one student completing repairs and another maintaining records of exactly what was done.
Typical technical support by the students includes installing software programs, installing hardware, and restoring network connections for printers. Additionally, the Student Tech Mentors are “on call” one day per month. When “on call,” students respond to classroom technology emergencies. They complete repairs to minimize the loss of instructional time. The program is unique because it allows students to share their expertise, and in some cases become the “teacher” while conserving school resources. The program saves school funds that otherwise would be spent on consultant and repair charges while increasing the useful life span of the equipment through proper care and maintenance. Additionally, the program promotes student leadership skills, student problem-solving skills, and it enhances the self-esteem of students who participate in this outstanding program.