Members of the Remix Club are using a variety of technological
platforms to improve the student experience at PHS.
Pawling High School created the Remix Club last year to improve school culture through the use of technology. The Remix Club has created a number of projects for the 2019 – 2020 school year to increase student attendance at home sporting and club events, create a more positive atmosphere in local social media circles, and work with teachers to bring innovative technology tools and resources into the classroom.
Club advisor and technology teacher Stephen Malone described several of next year’s initiatives. “Tigers Supporting Tigers will reward sports teams and clubs for attending home sporting events,” he explained. “Tiger Voice, a student-run Instagram account with teacher and administrator supervision, will bring ‘random positivity to the account’s followers.’”
Students will also serve as technology coaches, both this summer and during the 2019 – 2020 school year. Over the summer, Malone explained, “Students will spend a few days of their summer vacation sharing technology tools, current in professional circles, with teachers.” With student assistance, teachers will incorporate these into their curricular design for the 2019 – 2020 school year. The students will also be available during the school year in After-School Help Sessions. Each month, students will highlight a new technology tool for teachers who want to incorporate them in the classroom.
“My favorite part of Remix is seeing the students lead our Tech Spark sessions at Innovative Curriculum Design Camp over summer break,” said Malone. “This camp gives students a place to tell their teachers ‘Here is something I am interested in, and here’s how I think we could use it in our class.’ There is a collaborative and constructive environment that exists among students and teachers at the summer camp that we do not really have time to see during the school year.”
Sophomore Jack Slattery added, “Remix has helped me see the amount of planning and work that goes into creating something as simple as a professional Instagram account or a school-wide contest. It has made me appreciate the work that goes on in the background for all of the events and fundraisers we have at our school.”
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