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