[Offtopic] Lunchtime Computer Club ideas

Kevork Krozian kevork at edulists.com.au
Fri Jul 27 21:18:03 EST 2007

Hi Geoff,

 An excellent idea.
I already find Cisco 2nd year students very eager to show their 1st year 
colleagues how to program routers and switches and this could work a treat 
in the computer club as well.

Thanks very much for the insight

Kevork Krozian
Edulists Creator and Administrator
kevork at edulists.com.au

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <geoffmoss37 at optusnet.com.au>
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Sent: Friday, July 27, 2007 4:14 PM
Subject: Re: [Offtopic] Lunchtime Computer Club ideas

> Hi Kevork
> A great idea.  Unfortunately I am not in a school with junior students but 
> a suggestion.
> Instead of being seen as an extra class, teachers could encourage and 
> guide more senior and subequently "trained students" to assist in running 
> the classes and training the other students.
> The reward for the students?  The students could receive certificates 
> relating to assisting in training - this could assist as evidence of 
> experience in future CVs and they would obviously be able to enhnce their 
> own skills working in a collaborative working environment.
> I can recall senior students assisting juniors when teaching in a 
> secondary school.  They were very constructive and assisted in teaching 
> and training fellow students.
> They are a resource that many of us tend to overlook.
> The task is how to properly acknowledge and record their contribution.
> My 2 cents worth to a good initiative.
> Geoff Moss
>> Kevork Krozian <Kroset at novell1.fhc.vic.edu.au> wrote:
>> Hi Folks,
>>  Sorry for cross posting.
>>  We already have a lunchtime computer club that attracts a large number
>> of students.
>> However, I feel much of the time is unproductive and purely for
>> amusement and entertainment with little skill acquisition.
>> Therefore I have proposed to my colleagues that we work towards creating
>> simple bite sized , lunchtime sized activities that we will use to get
>> the students to complete thereby achieving a number of goals :
>>    1. Increasing awareness of the different aspects of ICT
>>    2. Increasing engagement , enthusiasm for ICT in middle and senior
>> years.
>>    3. Educating students about the many different aspects of ICT beyond
>> their fairly narrow interaction in many cases eg. specific game playing
>> only
>>    4. Certifying students with a piece of paper as having achieved X, Y
>> and Z skills.
>> Sounds like another class doesn't it ?  Maybe, but I feel if we can get
>> the Yr 8 - 9 group fired up they will want to select VCE/VET  IT
>> subjects more readily purely from the perspective of confidence,
>> knowledge and hopefully some fun along the way. It is also a way for
>> students to discover what they like.
>>  Here are a few ideas for worksheet lunchtime sized activities :
>>  1. How to upgrade the RAM in a computer, verify it and evaluate before
>> and after performance
>>  2. How to add a new hard drive to your computer , verify .....
>>  3. How to backup files
>>  4. How to install XP or Vista  and restore backed up files
>>  5. How to install virus protection
>>  6. How to setup a SOHO LAN  ( Small office, home office ) with router
>>  7. How to setup wireless networking with graduated levels of security
>>  8. How to create a simple web site .... all the way to a high powered
>> multimedia web site
>>  9. How to interact between a web site and a back end database, or MySQL
>> server
>>  10. How to program games in gamemaker
>>  11. How to program with Python ,  PHP or VB.NET
>>  12. how to program/use mobile devices.
>>  the list goes on and on.
>>  My request from all readers is that if we can share these types of
>> worksheets/resources we can build a formidable skill base for our
>> lunchtime students and continue to update it for currency.
>>  If you have any ideas or samples please send them in and I will build a
>> section for these resources on the edulists site for all to share.
>>  One statistic that hit me yesterday was in the 4 senior IT VCE/VET
>> classes running at Forest Hill College, of the 60 or more students in
>> these classes there are ONLY 2 girls..........
>> Perhaps we can build fund things for girls to do at lunchtime so that
>> there is a niche for EVERYONE in ICT and not just one group ...
>> Look forward to hearing from you.
>> Kevork Krozian
>> IT Manager , Forest Hill College
>> k.krozian at fhc.vic.edu.au
>> http://www.fhc.vic.edu.au
>> Mobile: 0419 356 034
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