Student Digital Leaders: The two ends of the school working together

By JASON BROWN, Friday November 28th 2014, 19:10 PM

As regular readers of this blog will be aware, we are very much into ‘student lead IT’ at Wymondham High Academy. Recently, myself, a 17 year old O Team member and 15 year old Student Digital Leader Jenny Andrews have been recruiting new Year 7 Student Digital Leaders to inspire the younger generation and also get them to work with the older students in the school on IT projects and help promote what we do as a school from an IT perspective. This means that the youngest students in the school, some of whom are still only 11 years old, will be working some of the oldest. More than anything else, this represents great unification between the oldest and youngest students in the school and it’s all about supporting one another and getting them inspired to go far in their ‘IT careers’ at school.

We began recruiting in early October on the school’s Yammer network and were overwhelmed with responses from Year 7 and 8 students whom showed an interest. Jenny and I came up with some application¬†questions to ask them and I put them together into an online Excel Survey to make completing the application form easy. We received 9 applications and 7 of these 9 were interviewed by Jenny and I between November 3rd and November 19th.

Savina was recommended personally to me by her IT teacher, Mr Howard (centre), for the Student Digital Leader programme.
Savina was recommended personally to me by her IT teacher, Mr Howard (centre), for the Student Digital Leader programme.

In addition to the 7 who completed an application and were interviewed, we also interviewed an extra candidate, 11 year old Year 7 student Savina Ghunowa who was recommended personally to me by her IT teacher Mr Howard. I gave Savina a few days to complete her application and was impressed by how quickly she completed it which meant that Jenny and I could interview her on the next day at school.

Yesterday we also offered Year 9 student Nia Preston a place as a Student Digital Leader for her dedication and keen interest in IT, specifically in programming.

Over the past few weeks I have been building a great relationship with the new Student Digital Leaders, frequently talking to them on Yammer and bumping into them at school. On Friday 12th December will be holding our first ‘inaugural’ meeting in the Training Centre we will be introducing ourselves to one another, talking about what the year has ahead for them and of course taking some group photos with the ‘O Team swagger’. Stay tuned for an article about that!

Jason and Year 7 Student Digital Leader Savina Ghunowa take a selfie with Yammy next to the Microsoft IT Academy plaque on November 28th 2014.
Jason and Year 7 Student Digital Leader Savina Ghunowa take a selfie with Yammy next to the Microsoft IT Academy plaque on November 28th 2014.

Last updated: Friday November 28th 2014, 20:20 PM

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s