The TexOS Project is working with local, non-profits in the San Angelo, Texas area to provide technology to children who don’t have access to it at home.
Upon completion of a 12 hour training workshop, the participants will be given a donated computer to take home and use for their educational and personal use! The workshops are scheduled over three Saturdays: 10am-3pm, Lunch provided. The dates are September 24th, October 1st & October 8th. All sessions will be held in the ASU Center for Innovation in Teaching and Research (CITR), housed in LIB 203 (2nd floor) in the Porter Henderson Library.
PROJECT 1 GOALS:
- Improve student classroom and academic performance;
- Improve student understanding of technology as it applies to life, as well as educational success;
- Provide low cost access to educational and other useful software for all other purposes;
- Help students see technology as a bridge to communication;
- Create an active learning mindset that spreads from students to friends and other family members.
PROJECT 1 OUTCOMES:
Upon completing the 6 Sessions below, participants will:
- Understand how to utilize open source software for improved classroom performance;
- Recognize how open source software can interface across platforms and with proprietary softwares;
- Download and install open source software and operating systems;
- Begin using advanced open source software to create images;
- Understand the importance of collaboration, communication, active learning, and interaction as keys to academic success.
PROJECT 1 SCHEDULE:
1: Downloading and Installing | 10am-Noon
- Understand how to download an open source operating system on a personal computer;
- Understand how to boot a computer using USB drive;
- Recognize the importance of asking questions to improve performance;
- Understand the open source mindset as it relates to collaboration, interaction, and active learning.
- Download Ubuntu to PC
- Create bootable LiveUSB drive
- Boot computers using LiveUSB drive
- Explore Libreoffice
- Create/Edit/Save written document (permission slip for creating “cloud sites”)
2: Administrative and Root User Roles | 1pm-3pm
- Understand how to control permissions and rights;
- Recognize the responsibilities and ethics of administrative rights;
- Be able to find and play text based games related to learning.
- Discuss responsibilities and ethics related to administrative rights;
- Use core commands to navigate and perform basic functions as well as Root level tasks;
- Search for text based games.
Software:FreeSweep, Hangman, Cal, PoM
3: Working across Platforms and Computers | 10am-Noon
- Understand basic functions within LibreOffice;
- Understand how to save documents to work across platforms;
- Create “cloud” sites to store documents;
- Be able to locate tutorials and academic materials online;
- Understand basic concepts related to fair use and appropriate use of online material.
- Discuss fair use, cheating, plagiarism, and appropriate use of online material;
- Work on homework/class activity using LibreOffice;
- Search for tutorial help related to homework;
- Create google docs/Dropbox account;
- Discuss importance of asking for help.
4: Software Center and Synaptic Package Manager | 1pm-3pm
- Install various open source softwares;
- Understand how to use installed software for home, school, and play;
- Recognize ways to use software creatively to solve problems.
- Discuss thinking openly, creatively, and collaboratively;
- Install software;
- Apply software to specific school problem or project;
- Save documents into “cloud.”
5: Productivity, Efficiency… oh & Eye-Candy with Compiz | 10am-Noon
- Understand how to install the Advanced Compiz Settings Manager and Add-ons;
- See how to work more efficiently and productively with technology;
- Have fun creating personalized eye-candy.
- Discuss using technology for efficiency;
- Install and configur Compiz;
- Review past or present projects; discuss efficiencies available;
6: Graphics, Graphics, Graphics | 1pm-3pm
- Understand basic graphic design concepts;
- Know how to access graphic design programs;
- Recognize possible applications of graphic design software.
- Discuss and define graphic design for school, home, and work;
- Download and work in Inkscape, GIMP, MyPaint, and Blender;
- Complete Survey/Assessment of workshop