BGCA is transforming the way we use technology in our Clubs. We are launching a new technology initiative called “My.Future,” which will replace the current “Club Tech” suite of programs.

My.Future will provide Club staff with fun and engaging project-based teaching experiences to help youth:

  1. Understand their media world
  2. Identify and develop digital interests
  3. Earn certifications as they make progress

My.Future begins with “Essentials,” staff-facilitated project experiences that provide members of all ability levels with foundational technology skills.

ABOUT MY.FUTURE

BGCA is transforming the way we use technology in our Clubs. We are launching a new technology initiative called “My.Future,” which will replace the current “Club Tech” suite of programs.

My.Future will provide Club staff with fun and engaging project-based teaching experiences to help youth:

  1. Understand their media world
  2. Identify and develop digital interests
  3. Earn certifications as they make progress

My.Future begins with “Essentials,” staff-facilitated project experiences that provide members of all ability levels with foundational technology skills.

Essentials project experiences engage members by exploring three central themes:

  • Building: Creating for the digital world
  • Exploring: Navigating the digital world
  • Communicating: Safely, securely and productively engaging with others

Staff can tailor their members’ experiences by selecting from over 40 activities, designed for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Each experience requires about 45 minutes to complete, although some can take more time if members’ interest levels and passion carry them forward.

For example, if members enjoy producing rap lyrics and music to open-source beats, they might carry their work through several computer lab sessions. The result is their own rap song, with lyrics and more – which they can store in a digital portfolio.

When members have accumulated a defined number of experiences, as evidenced by their digital portfolio products and (at the advanced levels) an in-person presentation to their peers, they qualify for signed, certified, BGCA digital badges. These digital badges can be showcased online, shared with peers, or added to their resume to indicate their technical competency.

Finally, interest pathways are available through extensions including robotics, game design and even online journalism. Extensions allow instructional coaches and members to dive into specific interest areas, which may be technical or computational in nature. For example, if members really enjoy logic, then a next valid step would be to promote robotics programming, or even to engage and build interest in competing in the First Lego League competition. Or if members enjoy the logic of programming, they might like to explore introductions to coding through building a game, learning code through Khan Academy, or even use Code Academy to build experience in a formal programming language.

Additional elements of My.Future – including programming, training and tech center recommendations – will evolve over the coming years.

 

Over its long history, Club Tech became many things to many people. In addition to its programming, technology centers were built and branded as Club Tech Centers of Excellence. Training programs, including the Tech Center Director’s Training, were given. Club Tech communications channels were established. In short, Club Tech was more than just a program.

Our first mission is to launch My.Future and its entry programming – Essentials. Club Tech Skill Tech 1 and Skill Tech 2 will be removed from current programming, but the other Club Tech programs – including Clay Tech, Robo Tech and Game Tech – will become My.Future Extensions, or interest pathways, until they are reestablished in a modular and badged fashion to be a more formal part of My.Future. There is no reason to stop using Clay Tech, Game Tech and Robo Tech, although their program materials will move from the Club Tech page on myclubmylife.com to the My.Future website.

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CLUB TECH TRANSITION

Over its long history, Club Tech became many things to many people. In addition to its programming, technology centers were built and branded as Club Tech Centers of Excellence. Training programs, including the Tech Center Director’s Training, were given. Club Tech communications channels were established. In short, Club Tech was more than just a program.

Our first mission is to launch My.Future and its entry programming – Essentials. Club Tech Skill Tech 1 and Skill Tech 2 will be removed from current programming, but the other Club Tech programs – including Clay Tech, Robo Tech and Game Tech – will become My.Future Extensions, or interest pathways, until they are reestablished in a modular and badged fashion to be a more formal part of My.Future. There is no reason to stop using Clay Tech, Game Tech and Robo Tech, although their program materials will move from the Club Tech page on myclubmylife.com to the My.Future website.

Club Tech training, Club Tech Centers of Excellence, and communication channels will each transition over the coming years. Look for more information about this plan through the My.Future staff portal.

Within the Technology Lab, please remove Club Tech signage. New signage, in the form of My.Future posters and mouse pads, will be mailed to all Club sites when we officially launch My.Future in August.

Questions / Answers

Q: How will I report Club Tech on our annual report?

The Annual Report will contain lines for both Club Tech and My.Future this year. Staff should report relevant numbers for each.

Q: When will My.Future experiences be available to our Clubs?

My.Future will be launched in August 2014. Be sure to sign up for our mailing list to receive updates and a link!

Q: How does My.Future compare to Club Tech, and what are the benefits?

My.Future presents a modern view of how members learn to be skilled producers and savvy consumers of digital content. Its activities are more forcefully focused on project-based learning experiences, which lead members from an initial start-point through an end portfolio product. It rewards members with digital badges that signify portfolio accomplishments.

Q: Where can I go to access activity materials?

My.Future is located online at myfuture.net. A temporary landing website will be in place until the official August launch.

Q: When can I start doing My.Future activities in my Club?

My.Future activities will be ready for Club use in August and September. Please sign up for the My.Future mailing list to receive notifications about the upcoming program launch.

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