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What is STLP?
The Kentucky Department of Education’s Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP™) uses project-based learning principals to empower student learning and achievement through the utilization (and creation) of technology based solutions to school and community needs.
An appointed school coordinator guides students to create products, provide services or carry out projects that help the school and community.
STLP is open to all students in P-16. No student should be turned away from being part of STLP. Restricting membership is not part of an active recruitment and retention process.
STLP allows students the opportunity to demonstrate what they know in various ways called categories. STLP taps into the students’ interest and can challenge and motivate them.
STLP provides a means for students to design, create, collaborate and learn.
The Six Goals of STLP
- The STLP will develop activities that enhance the academic, social and emotional growth of the student.
- The STLP will provide leadership opportunities for all students.
- The STLP will experience multi-age collaboration by forming innovative learning partnerships.
- The STLP will form learning partnerships between students with different technology skills.
- The STLP will develop activities that benefit communities.
- The STLP will develop instructional activities, which integrate technology and benefit the school and support the Kentucky Education Technology System (KETS).
Schools design projects to accomplish the Mission and 6 Goals.
Projects can be short or long term. Some projects may continue year after year.
At times, projects can morph into a service. The school’s project is so constant and expected that it becomes a service to the school over time.
The project supports the school and community in the use of technology, helps others learn with the use of technology or solves local or global issues.
Projects developed by the STLP members will be stronger when projects are:
- Related to a need in the building and/or community
- Carried out by the students over time with adult guidance
- Engaging and challenging to students
- Centered around critical thinking and problem solving
- Student interest or emerging technology topics
- Reinforced by school and the community and are part of the school culture
- Centered around the STLP Mission and Goals
- Demonstrated by students and allow for tech standards to grow
- Partnered across grades, schools, communities (local, state, national and global)
STLP students regularly create professional products for the classroom, school and community.
Products must be entirely original and created by the student. The best products are ones that are used for STLP projects and services, the classroom for learning, or in the community.
Some products are a result of an authentic task and have strong purpose and audience.
Products may be created after school or at home, with the teacher and parent verifying the original work.
Check the category to determine if the product is an individuals or teams production.
Local teachers and community persons may guide the student in learning about creating products.
KET field consultants can assist schools in understanding video production and script writing, etc.
Many services develop due to student skill sets developing to routinely offer assistance in a particular area. The service may result from needs in the building or district.
Some services develop from a project that mushrooms into a service the school will provide.
Some projects and products are so frequent and popular they become a service the STLP School provides to others.
Often times the service is free of charge.
Sometimes the service can develop into a service and can generate funds for the STLP School.
Students that have skills in newscast communications, speaking and writing often excel in the service category.
Students demonstrate technical knowledge and know how; can problem solve technical issues in classrooms, school or district.
Students working with technical projects, maintaining networks, running help desks/desktop support and offering informal troubleshooting should apply for the Engineer Service.
One special area of service is the STLP Engineer program. STLP students gather technical knowledge with hands-on activities and self-study. Experience could also come from being a member of the school or district help desk, taking technical classes, or working in tech after school. Engineers sometimes gain vendor certifications offered in high schools across Kentucky.