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  • Technology Programming and Tools for 21st Century Community Learning Centers Jon Zemanek Pennsylvania Service-Learning Alliance
  • Presentation Goals
    • Introduce participants to technology resources and solutions to enhance and expand the effectiveness of their 21C centers
  • Digital Miracles
    • An after school technology program designed to introduce students to basic computer repair and operation
    • Utilizes used computers as an educational tool
    • Students create and implement service-learning projects to bridge the digital divide in their community
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  • Digital Miracles Costs and Requirements
    • Designed for ages 12 and up
    • Used computers to use in the program
    • Tools
    • Spare parts (modems, RAM, etc.)
    • Software licenses (Microsoft Windows)
    • Salary for teachers
    • Classroom space
    • Jon Zemanek, Program Coordinator, [email_address] edu
    • Website: http://digital.paservicelearning.org
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  • Technology Student Association (TSA)
    • TSA’s mission: to prepare our membership for the challenges of a dynamic world by promoting technological literacy, leadership, and problem solving, resulting in personal growth and opportunity
  • Technology Student Association
    • Students work together in a club to learn about various aspects of technology in a project-based learning environment
    • Clubs participate in regional and national competitions to showcase projects and innovation
    • Project categories include: architecture, graphic design, manufacturing design, technical writing and vehicle engineering
  • Technology Student Association Requirements
    • Designed for middle and high schools
    • Clubs must affiliate with national and state organizations
    • Pay annual membership dues -- $14 per student
    • Attend events and competitions
    • Purchase materials for projects
    • Dennis Gold, PA Program Coordinator, [email_address]
    • PA Website: http://www.patsa.org
    • National Website: http://www.tsaweb.org
  • International Computer Driver’s License (ICDL)
    • An IT industry standard certification for competently using computers in a work environment
    • “IT Certification for the rest of us”
  • International Computer Driver’s License
    • Covers seven key areas of computer usage including: basic IT concepts, file and folder management, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentations, and Internet usage
    • Certification is internationally recognized
    • Certification is obtained through online testing
  • ICDL Requirements
    • Purchase or development of curriculum for students
    • Testing costs -- about $150 per student
    • Finding an existing testing center or creating a testing center in your school
    • Website: http://www.icdlus.com
  • Moodle
    • Free software to create and implement online courses
    • Has features very similar the commercial software Blackboard
    • Features include lessons, assignments, quizzes, tests, surveys, messageboards, chat, and Wiki.
  • Moodle Requirements
    • An existing website (can be a school site or an independent 21C site)
    • Appropriate web server software (supports PHP and MySQL)
    • Content for the courses
    • Students and teachers only need computers and an Internet connection to utilize Moodle
    • Website: http://www.moodle.org
  • National Cristina Foundation
    • Nonprofit organization dedicated to obtaining used computers for schools and nonprofit organizations
    • No fees to become a partner organization
    • Finds computers and resources in your geographic area
    • Also helps you build partnerships directly with donors
    • Website: http://www.cristina.org
  • TechSoup
    • Part of CompuMentor, an organization dedicated to assisting nonprofit organizations and schools utilize technology
    • Online store features new donated hardware and software at very discounted prices
    • Website: http://www.techsoup.org
  • OpenOffice
    • Free program that works very similarly to Microsoft Office
    • Can create and edit MS Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and Powerpoint presentations
    • 100% free for download and use
    • Available for PC’s but not Macintosh
    • Website: http://www.openoffice.org
  • CNET
    • Website featuring reviews and FAQ’s for all types of technology
    • Reviews from both experts and end users
    • Many products will have video reviews
    • Extremely useful when evaluating new IT products to purchase
    • Website: http://www.cnet.com
  • Download.com
    • Website with incredible amounts of software available to download
    • Most programs are reviewed and rated by experts and end users
    • Contains freeware, shareware, and commercial demos
    • Website: http://www.downloads.com
  • Wikipedia
    • Free online encyclopedia
    • Related articles are hyper-linked together
    • Articles are supported by online and printed references or are marked incomplete or disputed
    • Users can add additional researched content to articles
    • Website: http://www.wikipedia.org
  • Livejournal
    • Free online journaling and blogging tool
    • Highly customizable
    • User can control who views content and personal information
    • No advertisements unlike other similar tools (MySpace, Friendster)
    • Website: http://www.livejournal.com