Many school districts have discovered that holding their own local Student Technology Leadership Showcase is a great way to raise the quality of the student work in their district. Districts may want to consider holding their own showcase or attend another district's showcase first.
Some students participate in the showcase by displaying talents from services they provide a school, products they create or skills they have acquired in the information technology field. Showcases may be composed of STLP projects; classroom lessons which use technology; writing with a purpose; student-produced web sites; community service materials, and products displayed as digital art, digital music, video, or multimedia.
Some district showcases have gotten entire staff participation in the event. This takes true integration to the next level. Many Technology Integration Specialist (TIS) and instructional leaders have used their expertise to support showcases at the district level.
Many districts make sure students that participated in the regional or district showcases are recognized at school board meetings, in morning announcements, in newspapers, or on local cable.
District STLP Student Awards
Another way a districts has become involved with STLP at the district level is by holding a district wide awards program. These events usually recognize students' technology talents after district, regional or state STLP events.
Fayette County, STEM Fair
District Technology Showcases over the years
Daviess County, Apollo High School
STLP Summer Camps
STLP Summer Camps are effective in maintaining students' connection with school over the summer, ensuring that skills are not forgotten, and helping Student Technology Leaders learn new technology skills to apply the following school year.
Some camps help districts and schools raise money for future STLP events and activities.
Planning a Camp?
Some camps are a couple of days in length, whereas others may run an entire week. Some are day camps and some are lock-ins. Several have been planned during intersession breaks.
A Few Questions to Consider While Planning
What are special topical questions or needs of students?
What curriculum area is your school's top priority?
What are some emerging technologies that need to be included in your planning?
How many students can you handle in your camp?
Do you have a plan to accept all that wish to attend?
How can you finance the camp?
Who are some community partners that can add to your camp's resources?
What new academic, technology and leadership skills do the students need?
How can older students help teach younger students?
What staff (TIS, LMS, Central Office, older student technology leaders, parents and community members) can provide support to your camp?
What are the STLP Coordinator technical needs as a district?
What instructions do the students and adult leaders need?
Is there a time for STLP Coordinators to share past projects, concerns, strategies for reaching GOLD and SILVER status with one another?
How will you effectively evaluate your camp?
Past District or School Summer Camps
Bowling Green Independent
Covington Independent, John G. Carlisle Elementary
Cumberland County High
Fort Thomas Independent
Jefferson County-NOTE-first STLP summer camps in the state
Mason County, Straub Elementary School
Ohio County STLP Lock In
Perry County, Leatherwood Elementary School
Pulaski County-Novell Training
Somerset Independent, Meece Middle School