Unit 9 and 10 posted online; NCDE

Every week, our founder Dennis Harper writes a message to all of the GenYES Facilitators in the nation with tips, pertinent information, and stories about what students and Facilitators have accomplished in the GenYES program.


A busy week for me last week. I spent one day training Facilitators and STLs from six new schools in Plymouth, New Hampshire. Always a delight to meet new STLs and see them so enthused to “be the change.” Welcome to the GenYES Family.


New GenYES Curriculum Units

Two more GenYES curriculum units appeared in the Learn section last week. Definitely check them out! Listed below are the unit names and activities.

Unit 9: Software Maintenance

1. Managing Software

2. Utility Software

3. Choosing the Right Software

Unit 10: Tech Support: Troubleshooting and Customer Support

1. Customer Service Skills

2. Diagnosing and Fixing the Problem

GenYES online curriculum units software maintenance tech support troubleshooting customer support for students

NCDE: National Collaborative for Digital Equity

One of my days in New Hampshire had me on a GenYES panel at the NCDE summit. GenYES Facilitators spoke about the amazing tasks their STLs were doing. One example was a school where students were taking out keys on their Chromebooks causing a big expense for the district. The STLs took it upon themselves to develop a presentation on why this shouldn’t happen and delivered it to every student in the school. There has not been a key missing since.

In conjunction with this summit, the NCDE Declara online community was launched. Generation YES is a major partner in this effort. Check out the GenYES: Student Technology Leaders community where you will find many GenYES and Digital Divide articles and videos. It is a good safe place for STLs to visit and provide input on digital equity. Check it out yourself, or send a TAP to an STL to check it out and report back to everyone.


TAP of the Week

This week’s TAP comes from some 8th grade STLs in Gila Vista Jr. HS in Yuma, AZ. A good example of a Mentoring TAP where JHS students provided PD for elementary school teachers.

Title: Teaching QR Code and Google Forms to Teachers
TAP Name: Enrique, Ernest, Geraldine, and I taught teachers at McGraw Elementary School for a small PD day on Monday.
TAP Accomplishments: We tought the teachers how to make a QR code by using the app and showing the steps we wrote on our slideshow and we tought the teachers how to use google forms.