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An IT team of middle school students is easing the transition to online learning for teachers

April 29, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

As students and teachers are navigating the complicated world of virtual learning, a Florida middle school has a special tech team in place to help troubleshoot any problems.

(CNN)As students and teachers are navigating the complicated world of virtual learning, a Florida middle school has a special tech team in place to help troubleshoot any problems.

The tech team, which started in August, is comprised of 16 middle schools students.

The team at Hammocks Middle School is helping not only their peers, but also their teachers in making sure distance learning stays seamless as schools remain closed due to the pandemic.

"They are kind of like the emergency team now because they are able to assist in the different programs that teachers are using," Lois Seaman, a technology teacher at Hammocks Middle School told CNN.

Last year, the school in Miami received the Verizon Innovative Learning schools grant which provided iPads for every student and faculty member.

In addition, the tech team was created to allow students the opportunity to learn more about technology and also to teach others.

Proudly wearing their white tech team shirt with words Verizon Innovative Learning printed on them, the students joined their teachers and principal for a virtual interview with CNN on Tuesday.

A few weeks before the school closure, Seaman said the students started learning apps specifically that teachers could use to record and hold virtual classes, like Zoom, which has become the new normal in virtual teaching.

The team oversees 615 students and 36 teachers at the school.

Each student of the tech team is assigned two teachers and a grade level to assist throughout the school year.

Samuel Gamez, team member, said his most common service request is around using Zoom and distance learning apps.

The tech team received such positive response from students and teachers that next year they will expand the program to two teams of students.

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