While discussing what would take place during the event itself, we became aware that it was a great opportunity for us to connect, not just with our peers but with the other campuses in the BIS family as well. We had multiple meetings with the staff and student leaders of both the Junior and Early Years Campuses to help them plan and create their own TechNo! Days as well as having them assist us in brainstorming ideas of what we could do. In the end, we decided that at the Secondary Campus we wanted to keep things simple as to not derive from the main focus of the day, which was that no technology would be used. There were some activities, however, that we wanted to implement to ensure the day was as entertaining as possible.
Firstly, there is a monthly acoustic lounge that takes place that we scheduled for TechNo! Day in the common room. This was a great success, providing a really calming ambience to
the common room which was far more busy than normal as without their phones, people seemed more inclined to think “well I might as well go along”. This was something we saw throughout our activities; our students were more willing to get involved in new experiences when they didn’t have technology available.
Another activity we had planned was the Spellin’ and Slangin’ event. In this, teachers and students were pitted against each other in a battle of the generations. Students had to guess the definition of old English words like “fudgel” and “snollygoster” whereas the teachers were challenged to define modern slang terms such as “yeet” or “skrt skrt”. This event was also popular with The Curve very quickly becoming packed to the brim with people either wanting to get involved or simply spectating the event.