Project 1

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:

[wpspoiler name="September 24th" style="wpui-blue"]

1: Downloading and Installing | 10am-Noon

Outcomes:

  • 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.

Activities:

  1. Introductions
  2. Download Ubuntu to PC
  3. Create bootable LiveUSB drive
  4. Boot computers using LiveUSB drive
  5. Explore Libreoffice
  6. Create/Edit/Save written document (permission slip for creating “cloud sites”)

Software: LinuxMint Operating System – http://linuxmint.com/ | Ubuntu Linux Operating System – http://www.ubuntu.com/

LUNCH

2: Administrative and Root User Roles | 1pm-3pm

Outcomes:

  • 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.

Activities:

  1. Discuss responsibilities and ethics related to administrative rights;
  2. Use core commands to navigate and perform basic functions as well as Root level tasks;
  3. Search for text based games.

Software:FreeSweep, Hangman, Cal, PoM

[/wpspoiler]

[wpspoiler name="October 1st " style="wpui-blue"]

3: Working across Platforms and Computers | 10am-Noon

Outcomes:

  • 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.

Activities:

  1. Discuss fair use, cheating, plagiarism, and appropriate use of online material;
  2. Work on homework/class activity using LibreOffice;
  3. Search for tutorial help related to homework;
  4. Create google docs/Dropbox account;
  5. Discuss importance of asking for help.

Software:LibreOffice, Dropbox, Google Docs

LUNCH

4: Software Center and Synaptic Package Manager | 1pm-3pm

Outcomes:

  • 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.

Activities:

  1. Discuss thinking openly, creatively, and collaboratively;
  2. Install software;
  3. Apply software to specific school problem or project;
  4. Save documents into “cloud.”

Software:Skype, XChat

[/wpspoiler]

[wpspoiler name="October 8th" style="wpui-blue"]

5: Productivity, Efficiency… oh & Eye-Candy with Compiz | 10am-Noon

Outcomes:

  • 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.

Activities:

  1. Discuss using technology for efficiency;
  2. Install and configur Compiz;
  3. Review past or present projects; discuss efficiencies available;

Software: Compiz

LUNCH

6: Graphics, Graphics, Graphics | 1pm-3pm

Outcomes:

  • Understand basic graphic design concepts;
  • Know how to access graphic design programs;
  • Recognize possible applications of graphic design software.

Activities:

  1. Discuss and define graphic design for school, home, and work;
  2. Download and work in Inkscape, GIMP, MyPaint, and Blender;
  3. Complete Survey/Assessment of workshop

Software:

Inkscape, GIMP,

MyPaint, Blender

[/wpspoiler]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>