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CPS TechCrew

What is it?
TechCrew is designed to enrich students’ educational experience and job readiness skills. This is accomplished by providing students with a TechCrew coordinator and the training and framework necessary to carry out basic computer problem resolution within the confines of their school.

What is the turnaround time? Are there any other parameters?
TechCrew requires principals or technology coordinators to participate in an information session. If the school decides to participate, the designated TechCrew coordinator(s) must also participate in a training session. Upon completion of the training session and recruitment of student participants, TechCrew will be operational.

How do I request service?
To request information about TechCrew or to register for an information session, contact Victor Herrera at

What is the cost?
No, there is no cost for this service. However, the school is responsible for the TechCrew coordinator stipend.

What curriculum do the students use ? How do I recruit students?

TechCrew Impact

TechCrew Inspires: “The experience you gain from being part of TechCrew is immeasurable. TechCrew helped me to find my passion for technology.
-Gabino Noriega, Former TechCrew Participant

TechCrew Helps Educators: “TechCrew helps out students academically and has allowed students to assume leadership roles and to gain confidence through their experience.
-Brian Surina, TechCrew Coordinator, Phoenix Military Academy

TechCrew Saves Money: “TechCrew is a positive experience for the school and the students because the students achieve the skills necessary to perform in this field while the school is able to allocate funding to other educational programs.
-Joellen-Zielazinski, Budget Manager, Kelly High School

TechCrew Increases Attendance: “We recognize that student attendance and graduation are increasingly important issues facing public schools. We are looking to target specific schools as we have seen TechCrew have a positive impact in these areas.
-Victor Herrera, Student Technology Services Manger

TechCrew Improves Performance: “Twenty-first century technology is a shopisticted, cutting edge, and ever changing industry. We want our students to be at the forefront of that industry, and TechCrew is a good place for them to start.
-Arshele C. Stevens, Chief Information Officer

TechCrew Spotlight

WGN WeatherBug Schools - Be the First HD School in the Area

HD Early-Adopter Upgrade now available to WGN WeatherBug Schools! Schools that are part of the WGN WeatherBug Schools Program have been chosen to be part of an HD Early-Adopter Upgrade that awards significant discounts on the new high definition camera. The HD Upgrade provides your school with the next generation HD Cam for use in the classroom, on the the web, and by broadcast partners like WGN to live, local, neighborhood-level weather conditons.

New Tools This School Year
My World GIS™ Powerful GIS mapping of WeatherBug data
Online Weather Center Website weather center for your school
Newly UpdatedWeatherBug Achieve Integrate your data into the classroom

HD Early-Adopter Upgrade

Visual learning at its best: Rain bands moving through Red Rock are clearly indicated in high definition.

Dear Educator,This school year we're unveiling new solutions to better engage and motivate your students and ensure that your school receives the full benefit of the WeatherBug Schools Program. We added powerful GIS mapping software that integrates your weather station data, a new Online Weather Center that displays your data and forecast information for all to see on the Web, and high definition camera integration in WeatherBug Achieve.That's right, WeatherBug has gone HD! Our new HD weather cameras provide the next generation of high-definition images for use in schools and by WeatherBug TV broadcast partners like WGN to report on live, local, neighborhood-level weather conditions. Available immediately, the new HD weather cameras deliver exceedingly clear, high-definition images of storms and weather systems as they move through your neighborhood.What's more, we've been asked to build-out and seed the HD network in the WGN viewing area. As a result, your school has been chosen to be part of an HD Early-Adopter Upgrade that awards significant discounts on the new HD upgrade.The HD Early-Adopter Upgrade is just for WeatherBug Schools and is available for a limited time — so hurry, you must register your school by October 31, 2008, to be eligible. We want you to make sure your school is receiving the full benefit of your weather station investment and the WGN WeatherBug Schools Program.Thanks, and let me know if I can answer any questions you may have.Best regards,Andy HausmanWeatherBug Customer Relations Manager Phone: (800) 544-4429, ext. 4208Email:

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Geek Squad Summer Academy

"Geek Squad"

Paula Gómez, Univision Television Group

CHICAGO, Hay un curso en las Escuelas Públicas de Chicago que convierte a los estudiantes en expertos en tecnología. Los agentes del Geek Squad se auto describen como “un escuadrón de gente medio excéntrica”. Ellos se dedican a arreglar computadoras y cualquier aparato electrónico. ¿Qué tienen que ver estos expertos con la educación? Ellos son los maestros que se dedican a impartir un curso especial de verano sobre tecnología en las Escuelas Públicas de Chicago (CPS) llamado Geek Squad Summer Academy. El enfoque del programa es despertar entre los jóvenes la pasión por la tecnología con la esperanza de que muchos escojan incursionar en una carrera en este campo. El curso dura tan sólo una semana pero eso es tiempo suficiente, según los organizadores, para enseñarle a los jóvenes cómo armar y desarmar una computadora. Los estudiantes también aprenden cómo crear sus propias páginas en la Internet y aprenden entre otras lecciones a proteger sus datos personales al usar la tecnología. El cupo para participar en el programa actualmente es limitado pero representantes de CPS esperan expandirlo con el tiempo. Si deseas más información sobre Geek Squad Summer Academy puedes visitar la página de Internet