The Kentucky Department of Education’s Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) uses project-based learning principles to empower student learning and achievement through the utilization (and creation) of technology to solve school and community needs. STLP provides a means for student to design, make, connect and learn.
Student products, projects, and services are showcased through local, regional, and state events. The “Big 3” events include Regionals, DPOJ, and STLP State Championship.
STLP is designed to make connections between students, technology use, and learning. Schools determine how best to utilize STLP events & resources to help forge those connections.
Launch Your STLP
STLP starts at the school level. Schools decide what projects, products & services to explore. These day-to-day, week-to-week activities help students gain technology & leadership skills. All you need is a teacher to act as STLP Coordinator & interested students to get going!
STLP should be custom built to fit the needs of your school/classroom. STLP is most often incorporated into daily classroom activities, but also works as an after/before school organization. Take part in regional/statewide STLP events by sharing what your students are already doing in class!
STLP relies on the help of volunteers to provide district, regional and state wide events for students. STLP alumni, active or retired educators, and edtech industry leaders make great STLP Volunteers! Lend your skills to your local school’s STLP groups — or jump in and help at Regional or State events.
The work a school does in the building to help support technology and help students and teachers gain technology skills is the most important work an STLP can do. Many schools begin reaching out in the community to offer help using technology.
A school can decide to become involved outside the building by attending an event in which student demonstrations and recognition is woven into each event.
When a school leaves the building for one of the events, a judge must be asked to attend, too.
Since the beginning of STLP, project based learning has been at the core of the program. Projects offer an opportunity for STLP students to observe a need in their school or community and utilize technology to develop and implement a solution. This journey is based on the vision of the students and (with the guidance of the STLP Coordinator/Teacher), active, authentic, cooperative and inquiry-based learning will occur throughout the process.
Digital product creation is part of learning in classrooms across KY. The DPOJ event provides every school the opportunity to share products students are creating — whether it’s part of the daily curriculum or a stand-alone STLP activity.
All STLP schools are welcome to attend the State Championship to learn and achieve. There are no registration fees. All schools attending are asked to register online whether they are prequalified to compete, entering on-site competitions, or simply planning to attend.
Nearly 7,000 K-12 students & 1,800 adults registered to participate in the 2016 STLP State Championship. 499 schools from 99 districts came to show what they know using technology. Hundreds of volunteer judges determined the winners of over 40 educational technology related categories.