Students in grades 4 – 12 have all been provided devices so they can be immersed in an innovative classroom environment where they can connect, communicate, collaborate and create.
One of the goals of the Learn21 initiative is to empower students to take ownership of their learning. With this goal in mind, Oakridge created Tech 2.0 classes in both Middle and Upper School. The students in these classes serve as help desks, problem solvers, and web 2.0 pioneers in their divisions. Critical thinking plays a large part in these students’ class periods but in slightly different ways depending on the division.
In Middle School, students aid classmates when they come to the Learning Commons as well as solve hardware issues in the classroom. In addition, students are exploring the numbers of binary, the way that computers work and are made, and how to protect themselves from many things such as security threats. For some, this is an introduction into understanding computers on a deeper level rather than simply being a standard consumer.
“The Tech class has really helped me to open my mind to the world and to find a passion that I had no idea I had.” – Will Robinson ‘19
In Upper School, the Honors Tech 2.0 class teaches students about how to use the device, do simple repairs, and update software. During the first part of the semester, the students focus solely on manning the Help Desk to assist with issues that arise as the devices are rolled out at school. As the year progresses, the students are beginning to learn about the CompTIA A+ certification. They have started learning about the path of a PC tech, and what it takes to be a certified tech. The next step involves getting hands-on experience taking apart different devices and comparing how each operates. Students who continue in the program will have the ability to become A+ certified. This opportunity is available in only a small handful of schools in Texas.
“It’s fun to take apart devices and see what makes them work.” - Preston Tran ‘18
“It’s great to make connections with other students and help with issues.” – Dawson Kundysek ‘18