OF all the challenges faced by college and high school students, few inspire as much angst, profanity, procrastination and caffeine consumption as the academic paper. The format — meant to force students to make a point, explain it, defend it, repeat it (whether in 20 pages or 5 paragraphs) — feels to many like an exercise in rigidity and boredom, like practicing piano scales in a minor key.
The BHS Student Help Desk is entering its second season and I wanted to share our course outline, pathways, and some of the opportunities we’ll be creating for Burlington high school faculty and staff. Our student help desk is available six out of the seven periods a day and consists of students who have interest in educational technology. The technology competencies vary for each class and set of students, so students have opportunities to pursue a variety of pathways in this course.