Earn A Computer

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The Earn a Computer project is a joint effort between Knox Makers and the Knoxville Technology Cooperative (TechCo). The intent is to provide a curriculum for the education of children in the Knoxville area, culminating in the donation of a fully functional computer to the recipient. The program is loosely modeled on the St. Louis, MO curriculum from byteworks.org
 
The Earn a Computer project is a joint effort between Knox Makers and the Knoxville Technology Cooperative (TechCo). The intent is to provide a curriculum for the education of children in the Knoxville area, culminating in the donation of a fully functional computer to the recipient. The program is loosely modeled on the St. Louis, MO curriculum from byteworks.org
 
We will begin with 5 pairs of Big / Little brothers and sisters from Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee. The first classes will be taught at the TechCo space in downtown Knoxville. There will be 6 classes of 1.5 hours each, 2 in a day with lunch in between. For instance, from 10:30 to 12:00, then from 1:30 to 3.
 
We will begin with 5 pairs of Big / Little brothers and sisters from Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee. The first classes will be taught at the TechCo space in downtown Knoxville. There will be 6 classes of 1.5 hours each, 2 in a day with lunch in between. For instance, from 10:30 to 12:00, then from 1:30 to 3.
==Class Dates==
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==Past Events==
 
November 10th:
 
November 10th:
 
- Morning: Computer Introduction and Assembly (Jess Males)
 
- Morning: Computer Introduction and Assembly (Jess Males)
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November 17th:
 
November 17th:
- Morning: Internet and Computer Safety (Joe Pardue)
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- Internet and Computer Safety (Joe Pardue)
- Afternoon: Music Production (Shane Murphy)
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- Music Production (Shane Murphy)
 
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- Productivity Software (Brian Manifold)
Dec 8th:
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- Scratch Programming (Mike Neel)
- Morning: Productivity Software (Brian Manifold)
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- Afternoon: Scratch Programming (Mike Neel)
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==Hardware Specifications==
 
==Hardware Specifications==

Revision as of 13:31, 18 November 2012

Contents

Project Overview

The Earn a Computer project is a joint effort between Knox Makers and the Knoxville Technology Cooperative (TechCo). The intent is to provide a curriculum for the education of children in the Knoxville area, culminating in the donation of a fully functional computer to the recipient. The program is loosely modeled on the St. Louis, MO curriculum from byteworks.org We will begin with 5 pairs of Big / Little brothers and sisters from Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee. The first classes will be taught at the TechCo space in downtown Knoxville. There will be 6 classes of 1.5 hours each, 2 in a day with lunch in between. For instance, from 10:30 to 12:00, then from 1:30 to 3.

Past Events

November 10th: - Morning: Computer Introduction and Assembly (Jess Males) - Afternoon: Graphics (Eric Johnson)

November 17th: - Internet and Computer Safety (Joe Pardue) - Music Production (Shane Murphy) - Productivity Software (Brian Manifold) - Scratch Programming (Mike Neel)

Hardware Specifications

EAC 1.0 will work with Tellico Valley Computer Users Group to acquire the first 5 assembled systems, with printers. The first 5 systems will run Windows XP.

Presentation Topics

EAC 1.0 topics will include:

Computer Introduction and Hardware - Jess

Computer Graphics - Eric

Internet and Safety - Joe

Sound Production - Shane. James assisting

Link suggestions

Productivity Software - Brian

Scratch / Programming - Mike Neel

Project Dependencies

  • EAC 1.0, 5 computers with printers acquired from TVCUG Need to acquire hardware. Joe to work with Tellico Village Computer Users Group and see if we can get fully assembled systems. If not, we will build our own
  • Need to acquire software. Each group member shall be responsible for requirements for their own class.
  • Need to form curriculum - each member will form their own 1.5 hour class for their subject
  • Need designated assistants for each class

NOTE: I'm not sure if you all have toyed with this idea yet or not, but Edubuntu might be a great drop to start these kids off with. Description from Psychocats.net: "Edubuntu uses the Gnome desktop environment but has a different set of default applications from Ubuntu. Its focus is on educational tools. It includes Kolourpaint (an easy to use paint program), Atomix (a puzzle game for building molecules out of isolated atoms), and Xaos (a real-time interactive fractal zoomer)." They further list the Ubuntu.com package search results page for Edubuntu: http://packages.ubuntu.com/search?suite=all&section=all&arch=any&searchon=names&keywords=edubuntu-desktop --- James

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