Computers in Youth and  After-School Programs Mary Margaret Pavan PREP Community Computer Center After-School Technology C...
<ul><li>Workshop Agenda </li></ul><ul><li>Why include computers in a youth or after-school program? </li></ul><ul><li>How ...
Why include computers in youth  and after-school programs?
<ul><li>Why include computers in youth  </li></ul><ul><li>and after-school programs? </li></ul><ul><li>To give children co...
<ul><li>Questions to Consider  Before  Using Computers in a Youth or After-School Program </li></ul><ul><li>What is our pu...
<ul><li>PREP’s Answers to Those Questions </li></ul><ul><li>In Project 21 and Brengle Academy, PREP seeks to equip the  st...
<ul><li>Successes </li></ul><ul><li>Relationships and trust growing between youth and teachers.  </li></ul><ul><li>Time is...
<ul><li>Challenges I’ve Faced </li></ul><ul><li>Maintaining Discipline: Youth get  very  excited around  computers! </li><...
Computers in Youth and After-School Programs How do you want to use  computers for youth?
Computers in Youth and After-School Programs Brief Overview of PREP Youth Programs <ul><li>Project 21 After-School Program...
Computers in Youth and After-School Programs PREP Curriculum: Computer Basics Goal:   To prepare students with basic compu...
PREP Curriculum:  Encarta Africana Scavenger Hunt Students are introduced to  Encarta Africana  by doing a “scavenger hunt...
PREP Curriculum: The Internet Planning a vacation Step 1:   Students pick a place to visit and find basic information abou...
PREP Curriculum: Research Encarta Africana  Heroes Step 1:  Students find a hero using  Encarta Africana .  They answer qu...
Step 2:  Students use Microsoft Word to make posters of their heroes.  Posters include details from worksheet and pictures...
PREP Curriculum: Research Poetry Step 1:  Students find a poet in  Encarta Africana .
Step 2:  Students search for their poets on the Internet.  They print out poems written by their poets. Step 3:   Students...
PREP Curriculum: Research The History of Hip Hop  Step 1:   Students learn some Hip Hop history using specified web sites....
Step 2:  Students find a Hip Hop musician on the Internet.  They print out the lyrics of three of their songs.  Students t...
<ul><li>PREP Curriculum: Additional Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Making music CD’s using Hip Hop Ejay </li></ul><ul><li>Typi...
<ul><li>Additional PREP Projects for Youth </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Club </li></ul><ul><li>Goal:   To encourage walk-in ...
<ul><li>Additional PREP Projects for Youth </li></ul><ul><li>Video Production Class for Girls </li></ul><ul><li>For girls,...
<ul><li>Additional PREP Projects for Youth </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Music Studio Class </li></ul><ul><li>For all ages, bu...
<ul><li>We have taught Hip Hop EJay to both Project 21 and Brengle  Academy.  They have also learned how to design CD  jac...
<ul><li>General Resources </li></ul><ul><li>AC4 website will have a link to this presentation and my research.  In additio...
<ul><li>Resources: Project-based Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Multimedia Projects </li></ul><ul><li>What’s My Anti-Drug Ca...
<ul><li>Resources: Project-based Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Multimedia Projects: Web Page Design </li></ul><ul><li>Look ...
<ul><li>Resources: Project-based Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Multimedia Projects: Web Page Design </li></ul><ul><li>Page ...
<ul><li>Resources: Project-based Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Multimedia Projects: Software </li></ul><ul><li>Hyperstudio....
<ul><li>Resources: Project-based Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Art & Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Projects from Sarah Smile...
<ul><li>Resources: Project-based Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Art & Technology: Music Software </li></ul><ul><li>Hip Hop E...
<ul><li>Resources: Education </li></ul><ul><li>Science Quest.   Middle school students research a science  question and do...
<ul><li>Resources: Education </li></ul><ul><li>For Children </li></ul><ul><li>The Learning Network.   An interactive site ...
<ul><li>Resources: Black History </li></ul><ul><li>Encarta Africana.   A multimedia encyclopedia.  </li></ul><ul><li>AFRO-...
<ul><li>Resources: Especially For Girls </li></ul><ul><li>Cybergrrl.com.  Free e-mail and chat rooms.  Also has a “Woman  ...
<ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul><ul><li>Computers can add depth to the education and relationships of  children in youth and...
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    1. 1. Computers in Youth and After-School Programs Mary Margaret Pavan PREP Community Computer Center After-School Technology Coordinator AmeriCorps VISTA Member May 5, 2001
    2. 2. <ul><li>Workshop Agenda </li></ul><ul><li>Why include computers in a youth or after-school program? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you want to use computers for youth? </li></ul><ul><li>Brief overview of PREP programs for youth </li></ul><ul><li>PREP curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Additional PREP projects for youth </li></ul><ul><li>Outside resources </li></ul><ul><li>Question & Answer/ Discussion </li></ul>
    3. 3. Why include computers in youth and after-school programs?
    4. 4. <ul><li>Why include computers in youth </li></ul><ul><li>and after-school programs? </li></ul><ul><li>To give children computer literacy </li></ul><ul><li>To overcome cultural barriers </li></ul><ul><li>To encourage youth to find their gifts </li></ul><ul><li>To help students with reading and math skills </li></ul><ul><li>To get youth excited about technology </li></ul><ul><li>To give children skills necessary in later education and careers </li></ul><ul><li>To build relationships with youth around their interests </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>Questions to Consider Before Using Computers in a Youth or After-School Program </li></ul><ul><li>What is our purpose in teaching children technology? </li></ul><ul><li>Are we to help them discover potential gifts that may not appear in a typical classroom? </li></ul><ul><li>Are we just to get them excited about using technology? </li></ul><ul><li>Are we to teach them basic or higher level skills? </li></ul><ul><li>How much can we assume they already know? </li></ul><ul><li>Are we supposed to use computers to help them with their basic reading and math skills? </li></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>PREP’s Answers to Those Questions </li></ul><ul><li>In Project 21 and Brengle Academy, PREP seeks to equip the students with computer tools that will help them in high school and beyond. </li></ul><ul><li>PREP wants to encourage youth that may not have regular access to computers to get excited about technology and discover their technological gifts. </li></ul><ul><li>PREP uses educational games like Knowledge Adventure JumpStart to reinforce young children’s reading and math skills. </li></ul><ul><li>PREP seeks to build relationships with youth by engaging them in technology. </li></ul>
    7. 7. <ul><li>Successes </li></ul><ul><li>Relationships and trust growing between youth and teachers. </li></ul><ul><li>Time is created for youth and adults to interact in areas that youth enjoy. </li></ul><ul><li>Youth get excited to do what they have learned. They loved getting the CD’s they made and inserting ClipArt into everything! </li></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>Challenges I’ve Faced </li></ul><ul><li>Maintaining Discipline: Youth get very excited around computers! </li></ul><ul><li>Deciding between short-term and long-term projects. Finding long-term projects. </li></ul><ul><li>Finding appropriate projects for young children. If they cannot read, their options are limited. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Computers in Youth and After-School Programs How do you want to use computers for youth?
    10. 10. Computers in Youth and After-School Programs Brief Overview of PREP Youth Programs <ul><li>Project 21 After-School Program Computer Class (K-8 th grade, once a week) </li></ul><ul><li>Brengle Academy Computer Class (Middle School, once a week) </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Club (4 th -8 th grade, once a month) </li></ul><ul><li>Video Production class for girls (12-21 years old) </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Music Studio class (all ages, but targeted at youth) </li></ul><ul><li>Re-aligning our multimedia classes for youth </li></ul><ul><li>PREP Enterprises </li></ul>
    11. 11. Computers in Youth and After-School Programs PREP Curriculum: Computer Basics Goal: To prepare students with basic computer literacy. To prepare them with computer skills necessary for high school. Step 1: Students learn about networking, saving, typing, spell check, and editing by typing a short document using Microsoft Word. Step 2: Students review concepts. They learn about opening, printing, saving on a floppy disk by making name signs for their bedroom doors at home.
    12. 12. PREP Curriculum: Encarta Africana Scavenger Hunt Students are introduced to Encarta Africana by doing a “scavenger hunt” through a portion of the program’s interactive, multimedia timeline. They enter their answers on a worksheet.
    13. 13. PREP Curriculum: The Internet Planning a vacation Step 1: Students pick a place to visit and find basic information about it on the Internet. Step 2: Students plan their five-day vacations, including choosing flights (day, times, and flight numbers) using the Internet.
    14. 14. PREP Curriculum: Research Encarta Africana Heroes Step 1: Students find a hero using Encarta Africana . They answer questions on worksheet.
    15. 15. Step 2: Students use Microsoft Word to make posters of their heroes. Posters include details from worksheet and pictures of heroes (copy & paste is learned!).
    16. 16. PREP Curriculum: Research Poetry Step 1: Students find a poet in Encarta Africana .
    17. 17. Step 2: Students search for their poets on the Internet. They print out poems written by their poets. Step 3: Students take one line of their poem. They write their own poems using that line.
    18. 18. PREP Curriculum: Research The History of Hip Hop Step 1: Students learn some Hip Hop history using specified web sites. They answer worksheet questions.
    19. 19. Step 2: Students find a Hip Hop musician on the Internet. They print out the lyrics of three of their songs. Students think about what these songs say and their deeper message. Step 3: Students summarize their research (history and lyrics) with analysis in a six slide PowerPoint presentation. Students present their slide show to the class.
    20. 20. <ul><li>PREP Curriculum: Additional Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Making music CD’s using Hip Hop Ejay </li></ul><ul><li>Typing using Mavis Beacon Typing (Version 9) </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge Adventure JumpStart Game </li></ul><ul><li>Making cards and posters using Microsoft Publisher </li></ul>
    21. 21. <ul><li>Additional PREP Projects for Youth </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Club </li></ul><ul><li>Goal: To encourage walk-in lab visitors and give them constructive and organized time in the computer lab. </li></ul><ul><li>Meet once a month </li></ul><ul><li>For 4 th -8 th graders </li></ul><ul><li>Take club members on field trips to science and/or technology sites (Science Museum, Roxbury Multimedia Center, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Engage members in new computer activities (making CD’s and CD covers) </li></ul>
    22. 22. <ul><li>Additional PREP Projects for Youth </li></ul><ul><li>Video Production Class for Girls </li></ul><ul><li>For girls, 12-21 years old </li></ul><ul><li>Girls learn about digital video production (filming, editing, etc.) by designing and creating their own movies </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on mentoring the students </li></ul>
    23. 23. <ul><li>Additional PREP Projects for Youth </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Music Studio Class </li></ul><ul><li>For all ages, but focused toward youth </li></ul><ul><li>Teaches youth how to use Hip Hop EJay to mix their own songs, but most of the time is spent in mixing, not in teaching </li></ul>
    24. 24. <ul><li>We have taught Hip Hop EJay to both Project 21 and Brengle Academy. They have also learned how to design CD jacket covers using Microsoft Publisher. </li></ul>
    25. 25. <ul><li>General Resources </li></ul><ul><li>AC4 website will have a link to this presentation and my research. In addition, we hope to start a web page where others can post their curriculum ideas. http://www.acccc.org </li></ul><ul><li>CTCNet. http://www.ctcnet.org </li></ul><ul><li>My report on resources: “Curriculum and Resources for Youth,” a review of the CTCNet archives and other resources. </li></ul>
    26. 26. <ul><li>Resources: Project-based Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Multimedia Projects </li></ul><ul><li>What’s My Anti-Drug Campaign. Ages 12-17. See an example at http://www.whatsyourantidrug.com/ondcp/show/launch.html . </li></ul><ul><li>Video production idea : create a commercial for an imaginary product, “Motivation.” An example is at http://stories.simplenet.com/motivation.mov . </li></ul><ul><li>LEGO’s Mindstorm product. This is a computerized LEGO set for building robots. Then students program their robots using a computer. http://mindstorms.lego.com/ </li></ul>
    27. 27. <ul><li>Resources: Project-based Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Multimedia Projects: Web Page Design </li></ul><ul><li>Look Smart. http://www.looksmart.com/eus1/eus53832/eus53833/eus328722/ eus55260/r?isp=zae&comefrom=izae-explore </li></ul><ul><li>Operation MEDIA. Program overview and specific curriculum for each lesson. Focus on web design and personal growth. For high school students, but adaptable. http://www.rtpnet.org/blc/media2/ </li></ul><ul><li>Web Monkey for Kids. http://www.hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/kids </li></ul>
    28. 28. <ul><li>Resources: Project-based Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Multimedia Projects: Web Page Design </li></ul><ul><li>Page Tutor. “HTML for the rest of us.” http://www.pagetutor.com </li></ul><ul><li>W3Schools. Free web building curriculum. http://www.w3schools.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Web Teacher. Includes a Spanish version. http://www.webteacher.org/winexp/indextc.html </li></ul>
    29. 29. <ul><li>Resources: Project-based Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Multimedia Projects: Software </li></ul><ul><li>Hyperstudio. http://www.hyperstudio.com </li></ul><ul><li>Microworlds. http://www.microworlds.com </li></ul><ul><li>Stagecast. http://www.stagecast.com </li></ul><ul><li>Macromedia.com or Infini-D. Animation software. </li></ul>
    30. 30. <ul><li>Resources: Project-based Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Art & Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Projects from Sarah Smiley. Interactive self-portraits, An Imaginary House, Water Portraits. </li></ul><ul><li>Boston CyberArts Festival & CyberFaces. Includes many different events, one of which is showcasing portraits by students on-line. http://www.cyberfaces.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>ArtTECH. A program for youth in tech and art. Nettrice Gaskins ( [email_address] ) is doing this in Boston. For curriculum ideas and recommendations on hardware and software, see http://www.geocities.com/arttechycp/index.html . </li></ul>
    31. 31. <ul><li>Resources: Project-based Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Art & Technology: Music Software </li></ul><ul><li>Hip Hop EJay. A software program for 2 nd grade and up. Children and adults can mix their own songs. http://www.voyetra-turtle- beach.com/site/product_menus/music_software.asp </li></ul><ul><li>Music Ace . Music software by Harmonic Vision. </li></ul><ul><li>Dub It. Example of what it can make at http://stories.simplenet.com/dubit/ </li></ul>
    32. 32. <ul><li>Resources: Education </li></ul><ul><li>Science Quest. Middle school students research a science question and document their discoveries on a multimedia web site. Contact: Jennifer Dorsen, [email_address] . </li></ul><ul><li>Web Pages for Teachers: http://www.SchoolOne.com , http://www.quia.com , http://www.sil.org/ched.edsoft.html , http://EDNOW.com </li></ul>
    33. 33. <ul><li>Resources: Education </li></ul><ul><li>For Children </li></ul><ul><li>The Learning Network. An interactive site for K-12 th grade students. http://familyeducation.com/k12/Student/ </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Explorers. For 5-12 year olds. http://www.virtualexplorers.org </li></ul><ul><li>Discovery Online for kids. Grades K-12. http://schooldiscovery.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>I Know That. Ages 2-12. http://www.iKnowthat.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Homework Assistance Web Sites, Pen Pal Web Sites, On-line Reading Sites, & Software Programs. </li></ul>
    34. 34. <ul><li>Resources: Black History </li></ul><ul><li>Encarta Africana. A multimedia encyclopedia. </li></ul><ul><li>AFRO-Americ@’s Black History Museum. This is a site for teens and adults with a link to a fabulous kids’ page. The main site is http://www.afroam.org/history . The Kids Zone is http://www.afroam.org/children/children.html . </li></ul>
    35. 35. <ul><li>Resources: Especially For Girls </li></ul><ul><li>Cybergrrl.com. Free e-mail and chat rooms. Also has a “Woman of the Day” and a tech section. http://www.cybergrrl.com </li></ul><ul><li>Girl Tech. Chat room, games, links to other girl-friendly sites, info about women around the world, sports, news, and an invention page. http://www.girltech.com </li></ul>
    36. 36. <ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul><ul><li>Computers can add depth to the education and relationships of children in youth and after-school programs. </li></ul><ul><li>Know your priorities and goals for using computers in a youth or after-school program. </li></ul><ul><li>There are many resources available for teaching computers, but they are spread out and overwhelming to sort through. </li></ul><ul><li>Ministries need to work together to share and centralize resources for using computers (AC4). </li></ul>

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