Constructor Lab
Leadership Summit
Edtech Advocacy &
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The SWAT Team: Students Working to Advance Technology

Location: Posters; Level 3, Skyline Ballroom Pre-function, Table 10

Participate and share

Participate and share : Poster

Monday, June 25, 2:00–4:00 pm
Location: Posters; Level 3, Skyline Ballroom Pre-function, Table 10

Kati Searcy  
See how one elementary school organized a team of fourth and fifth graders to advance the use of technology in their school. Learn how to set up a SWAT team at your school as we go through the process from conception to implementation.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Participant accounts, software and other materials: none
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Early childhood/elementary
Grade level: 3-5
Subject area: STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Advocate for equitable access to educational technology, digital content and learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all students.
For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will understand how a team of students can become technology mentors to both students and teachers in an elementary school setting. (There will also be middle and high school examples provided.) Participants will learn the process for selecting and managing these student-mentor teams, including challenges. Participants will have access to all of the documentation created by the presenter at her school as the program was introduced and implemented. They will be posted at Participants will hear (via video) first-hand from the students about their role as a member of the S.W.A.T. team. Participants will leave with the tools to start a S.W.A.T. team at their own school. An online discussion board will be created for teachers to share their successes and challenges with each other as they implement the student technology mentor concept in their own schools in 2018-2019.


1. Establishing criteria for SWAT Team members
2. Taking and reviewing applications for the SWAT Team
3. Initial meeting of the team
4. Contracts and Schedule
5. Training the team members.
6. The work the team does.
7. Reflection and evaluation of the first two years of the project
8. Ideas from other schools
9. Challenge participants to start a similar student-mentoring program

Supporting research

Student-Run Genius Bar

Mentoring Overcomes Barriers to Technology Integration Teresa Franklin, Sandra Turner, Mumbi Kariuki & Mesut Duran Journal of Computing in Teacher Education Volume 18, 2001 - Issue 1

Graduate Students Mentors for Technology Success. Smith, Sean Joseph Teacher Education and Special Education, v23 n2 p167-82 Spr 2000

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Kati Searcy, Fulton County Schools, Georgia

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