[Techtalk] Ideas for tech subjects for teens?
MMP - Barb Fox
mmp_fox at bellsouth.net
Fri Feb 11 05:30:41 EST 2005
I'm extremely interested in what you're doing and how it goes because I've
been starting the process of figuring out how to offer linux4teens in my
local area. My 11 and 13 year old are great bouncing boards, but I'd love
to know what a wider audience thinks. Here's what I was thinking:
#1: They WANT to know how to "use" the computer practically -- they want to
know how to rip CD's, play MP3's from home computer, connect with linux to
chat with their friends online, play games, create a webpage, play music on
their machine, read data from a jumpdrive, use a word processor to create a
report, use a presentation package to create a slideshow of summer
#2: They NEED to know about computer stuff if they'll ever take official
"computer courses" later on. (Computer structures like loops & if/thens,
variables, permissions, how to use text editors, how to fix things that
don't work, etc.)
My idea I am working toward is to incent them to learn by offering carrots.
Simple Unix-type example: TEACH them how to manage permissions. Their
assignment is change the permissions for several files according to YOUR
rules. When your test script proves the permissions are as expected (and no
more!!), it'll let them execute a game.
Another simple example: TEACH them about some structure (like a case
structure) and then assign them to build a menu program that allows the
user to select: "Rip a Music CD" or "Play a Music CD"
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