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=Class Proposal: "Living in a Technology World"=
This is a draft proposal for the class, "Living in a Technology World"
(title suggested by Darren - [[User:Dheiber]]).
The idea for this class came from me, Joseph Herbert ([[User:Jwmh]]).
The basic premises are as follows:
- What separates a "computer person" from a "non-computer person"?  (note: these are usually self-identified)
[[Category: Classes]]
[[Category: Education]]

Revision as of 14:17, 24 January 2013


Hello, FG World! This is Joseph Herbert's personal user page.

I started volunteering with classes in November/December of 2012. (Many years ago, perhaps in ~2005, I had volunteered in the Build program.) Currently I am teaching the "Getting Started w/ your [FG CPU]" class.

I was fortunate enough to be born & raised here in P-town, and enjoy the outdoors (especially the mountains, forest).

My professional interests and passions go beyond strict technology, to include high-level Systems-thinking (e.g. infrastructure, whether people or things), and methods/processes for improvement. I also enjoy informal education, and facilitating the learning process (of course).

I am also working on developing new curriculum -- Darren suggested the great title, "Living in a Technology World." Essentially, this refers to aptitudes, or broad mindsets, of how to go about being proficient with technology. There's a lot of content and directions this could go! If you're interested, and have an aptitude for either education / human psychology / learning process, or tech, I would love to sit down over tea w/ you to help shape the course(s).

Scratchpad (Jwmh notes & ideas for improvement)

Headers' layout


Adding / Creating pages:

Making Flowcharts

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Class Proposal: "Living in a Technology World"

This is a draft proposal for the class, "Living in a Technology World" (title suggested by Darren - User:Dheiber).

The idea for this class came from me, Joseph Herbert (User:Jwmh).

The basic premises are as follows: - What separates a "computer person" from a "non-computer person"? (note: these are usually self-identified)


Classroom Create a system for the following scenario:

  • When a user has a question, the screen that they are viewing may be:

routed to the projector, and viewed on the main screen / overhead. AND/OR

    • viewable on everyone's computers in a separate window, via a server service which makes others' screens available -- viz. creating a "meeting" or "class" session, under which the session creator (instructor) may use admin credentials to control the [optional] visibility of users' screens on others' screens....

System for presentations + asking questions

  • e.g. web app / SaaS -- local or hosted
  • chat / IRC?
  • user (teachers') requirements? e.g., timeline of q's asked, for metrics & tracking
    • when do students / classes tend to have the most issues?

Cable organization (for lab PCs)

    • overhead, drop-down cables (rather than run along floor)?
    • would improve / prolong life of cables; ease of use...

Classroom meta wiki?

  • locations of supplies, cables, etc.
  • where things are kept

Teachers' meeting re: Class layout / performance / suggestions for improvement

  • emailed Darren to setup

What is the instructor-computer (podium) login + pw to use?

  • if multiple are available, which ones? What are the differences b/w those user accts?
  • option for 'default' admin profile -- which gets reset to 'stock / OOB' each time, so has same options as students'? same appearance?
    • maybe setup a VM?
    • maybe talk to Ben?

TEACHER NOTES (getting started / Adoption class)

Class Flow Improvements

Delegate, delegate, delegate!

  • Often, the teacher at the front is more aware of students getting "lost" -- faster than other instructors/assistant helpers in back of the class.
  • ... So... if a student has a problem / is getting lost... Delegate to an assistant instructor! E.g., "Hey Alex, could you help Robin with his/her problem / question? Thanks!!"

Personal Feedback:

  • Turning around more / facing class
  • Checking in, interacting w/ students
  • Glance at their monitors periodically -- ensure they're following along, and know how to do what you're demonstrating! (e.g. vs facebook)

Walk students thru useful 'projects':

  • e.g., spellcheck in Writer -- misspell a word, etc.
  • e.g., the "lifecycle" of a file: Creating in Writer -> Saving -> Closing -> Finding / Locating (use multiple methods to demonstrate this, incl. Catfish) -> Deleting -> Recovering from Trash -> Deleting & permanently removing...
  • .... Talk about how it will continue to take up HDD space -- until permanently deleted from Trash.

Add to Wiki

Where students' PCs are kept, if they can't take them home same-day

  • back of classroom on table
    • should have First + Last name written on bag/box, etc.
  • if they need a bag / cardboard box to carry in, they can ask at Receiving / Warehouse?
    • need to ask/double-check with these groups if that's true.

Ubuntu Software Center

  • Probably need a few examples of these
  • Applications: Searching for / Installing / Finding & Opening
    • e.g. Application Finder -- helps you locate!!
  • Demonstrate this, e.g. with WINE

At every opportunity, mention a class related to X!

  • Terminal / Command Line 1 (and 2)
  • GiMP
  • WINE


Issues to Fix (verify?):

Default for .ODF in Xubuntu 12.04 is Abiword?

  • --> needs to change Filetype association to LibreOffice

"Prepare for shipping to end-user" WIPES OEM PROFILE DATA

  • ASK IF student has prior-owned this PC -- ESPECIALLY LAPTOPS!

Questions to Explore

How to ensure students' questions are all, 100% answered / addressed? OR, redirecting & 'delegating', e.g. to assistant instructor, or to tech support, or as appropriate.

How to manage flow...

  • papers / supplies, and where they're located

-> meta: location -> classroom layout, meta page for this?

    • Hand papers / pens to students:
      • e.g. ask students to write down their questions? if there are lots of students / newbies / questions....

.... it can be very easy for the class-flow to get sidelined / railroaded... and how do you keep it on track?

      • Talking / side conversations during class -- getting off track, distracted...
      • need more ideas + TOOLS for this -- managing flow.

ANSWERS: Flow control:

More Q's:

  • Time spent on details
    • what's crucial VS. what to sacrifice
    • OR, in order of priority
    • Need to document this (in syllabus wiki) for teachers

Tech / hardware problems

  • How to mark & record problems that come up -- as they occur (rather than trying to remember / mark everything after class)

editor (shortcut; stays at bottom)