Holliston High School is currently transitioning from a BYOD model to a 1:1 Chromebook model for all students. Although the full transition is occurring over the span of a few years, we are excited that all 9th and 10th graders have Chromebooks and roughly half of our juniors are utilizing school issued Chromebooks. The success of this transition and implementation could not have been possible without the Panthers Instructional Technology (PIT) Crew. In addition to handling all aspects of the Chromebooks, these dedicated students also troubleshoot technology challenges within the building and oversee the makerspace in the library.
PIT Crew is open to all students in grades 9-12 who are interested in coding, social media, video production, web design, 3D printing, and hardware troubleshooting. You don’t need to be a tech expert…just have an interest in technology and willingness to learn!
This week I am pleased to highlight Cameron Todd, one of the talented, innovative and dedicated PIT Crew members who has worked with PIT Crew since its inception a year and a half ago. Cam is very hard working and always has a smile on his face and a positive attitude. He oversaw the beginning of the Chromebook roll-out and has come in during the last two summers to assist with the distribution of Chromebooks during the 9th grade orientation held at the end of August.
Q: What is the PIT Crew and why were you interested in joining?
A: The PIT Crew is the high school’s very own tech support team. PIT Crew stands for Panthers Instructional Technology. I was interested in joining because I had always had a “thing” for tech, I figured it would be a great fit for me and it has been.
Q: What has been the best learning experience so far in working with the PIT Crew?
A: The best learning experience I have had working with the PIT Crew has been learning how to think quickly and respond promptly and efficiently.
Q: There is a lot of conversation about the skills students will need when they enter the workforce, what skills do you think are being developed through your work right now?
A: There are so many skills that are being acquired and developed right now through my work in the PIT Crew, a few of the most important are the ability to work with others on a common goal, being able to assist people with their issues and be able to fix them, and communication. I believe communication is the most important skill to learn because to work in a group you have to be very specific in what your plans or goals are so everyone can be on the same page.
Q: Why is it important for students to learn about technology?
A: It is important for students to learn about technology because it is the future. That is the simplest way to put it, having even a basic understanding of technology helps so much in everyday life. Students rely heavily on tech for all kinds of school work, so being able to understand how to use it to your advantage is very important.