For The "Tech Team Coach"
requires a Team Coach, an adult who
works at a Louisiana high school as teacher,
administrator, or staff member and has a school email account.
school in Louisiana is entitled to enter a single
team composed of 5 to 15 students, under the
of a "Team Coach" who is designated by the Principal.
(If there are "co-coaches", please flip a coin to see who is the
single "key contact person" for registration and for all email
As Team Coach, fill
out the online form for team registration before the deadline.
As Team Coach, What
Do I Need To Do?
- You will
enjoy organizing students
who will work together on Internet Search questions and completing some challenging
tasks during the morning of a school day on the scheduled date of the Technology
Challenge. No travel is involved.
- You will lead a team that represents
school in an annual state-wide online competition.
- You will have the opportunity to
win a team trophy and prizes.
- Be a "shaker and mover" at your school and
by example, the way technology can be used to enhance
- Have a great time encouraging and rewarding
to commit a total of about 10 hours of time. The time and
effort is roughly equivalent to organizing a field trip; however, no travel is involved.
1. Contact the principal
of your school in order to become the designated Team Coach.
2. Be aware of the deadlines.
3. Select a team list of up to 15 participating high
4. Register your team with the
online registration form. Only you can do that. There is a required team registration fee.
5. Reserve a room
with Internet-accessible computers for the entire morning of the Technology Challenge.
6. Arrange to have participating students excused from their
the competition, just like for a field trip. In this case, the field
trip is "virtual".
7. Set up a scheduled block of an uninterrupted time period from 8 AM
to 11:59 AM on the day of the
8. On the day of the Technology Challenge, students should
work on their tasks
without direct assistance.
9. You should only
provide minimal, if any, technical support, You may assist
in accessing files for the Technology Challenge during the
minutes and submitting the files during
the last 10 minutes.
is a very stiff penalty for late submission work after 11:59
AM. For every minute late, one point will be deducted from the overall team score. Incomplete team submissions more than 30
minutes late, for any reason, are NOT judged.
While not required, we do recommend that your school pay for
a noon "pizza party" following the Technology
We do recommend that you consider rewarding the students in this way.
There is a sense of accomplishment in working together as a team. Nearly all
participating schools, in fact, do this!
12. As Team Coach, you should assist only when technical problems arise.
Otherwise, only participating students should
the mouse or keyboard during the competition, not you, or anyone else!
13. Your school's computers should have Microsoft
software or software that can read and write Word, Powerpoint, and
Excel files. Your lab should have the capability to edit media files (image files, mp3 audio files, and mp4 video files). When
your team creates files, the files should be in a "common format" so
that the many judges who are judging entries online, on their
computers, will have no trouble opening the files.
14. As Team Coach, you are expected to spend a few minutes
to fill out an online evaluation form on the day of the Technology Challenge event.
15. Every Team
Coach receives confirmation of registration by
email by noon of the Monday before the event. The
email message will include detailed instructions for accessing your
team online "Moodle"
account and the downloading
and uploading files for the competition. If you you don't receive an email, contact us by phone. In previous events, some high schools had
aggressively filtered email; while those teams could send email to us, they couldn't
receive email from us! If you do not receive an email message,
described in this schedule, please contact us.
Do I Need To Know?
You are not
required to have any special technical knowledge other
than being able to communicate by email. You should check your
email for confirmation
of registration. Once your team is
registered, you will get a detailed email message with visual details
for accessing your team's
password-protected online "Moodle" account. Please
check your email regularly. As Team Coach, you should be the
only person from your team to contact
main responsibility is forming a team; collectively,
the team members should have enough technical
knowledge to complete challenging tasks
on their own. No one student has to know everything. In fact, it's a
very good idea that students divide tasks during the first 15
the competition... on their own.
After your team is registered, you will receive complete directions by
email for accessing a password-protected online
site that will be used to exchange files
electronically for the
competition. You may provide the login and
password information to
one of the student team members so that he/she can access and
upload files for the Technology Challenge.
Please allow the students to work on their own. They may use any
references they like that they can access on their own, without adult
assistance. In fact, no
adults should help or assist students to
prepare answers or complete tasks. Adults may only
provide minimal technical support assistance.
What Are The Rules?
The Technology Challenge For Me?
registered high school students can participate. Please
note the deadline for
- While you,
Team Coach may interact verbally with the team, you
touch or use a keyboard or
mouse during the actual competition. You should NOT assist students as
they work on the Challenge.
- This is a
team effort with a deadline. For
every minute late in electronic submission, for any reason, 1 point is
deducted from a
possible score of 100 points. Keep this in mind and encourage students
to budget their time accordingly. The final
deadline for all submissions is 11:59 AM on the day
of the Technology Challenge;
team submissions that are late by more than 30 minutes will NOT be
real world, technical problems may occur, for any reason. It
can happen. It does happen. It may happen.
extraordinary circumstances regarding any issue or problem during the
competition, the volunteer organizers reserve the right to make a final
decision regarding any matter or issue. This is explained clearly on
the application form when you register the team.
- Only the
Team Coach should communicate on behalf of the team,
using email, whenever possible, for communication.
consider being a Team Coach, please
you answered yes to most (or all!) of the questions,
consider participating in this year's Technology Challenge as
designated Team Coach, designated by the principal of your
you to encourage student learning with technology
by recruiting a Technology Challenge team in your high school.
mission of this challenge is to provide
enthusiastic support for more active involvement of students in using
technology in active learning opportunities. We want
to improve the
quality of high school education in Louisiana with this
- Do you
believe that we need to encourage opportunities for using
technology in our classrooms for instruction?
- Is teamwork
the type of skill we should actively encourage in high school?
- Would you
like to see students get interested in technology-enhanced instruction
- Do you wish
students had the same enthusiasm for learning as they have for
- Should we
actively acknowledge the skills of outstanding students?
create a passion for learning
improve the quality of education through the active acknowledgment of
excellence in students and the distribution of
their work to
the general public.
recognize outstanding student achievement with
school trophies and, hopefully in the future, scholarships.
- To promote
partnerships for supporting
learning with technology.
levels of achievement through
students, particularly females and minorities, to
professional and technical careers dealing with technology.