Desktop Computer Basics - a course design

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Art Oglesby
17 January 2013

I hope to design a learning activity that will result in the participant being able to

  • connect a mouse, keyboard, and monitor to a desktop computer
  • connect the computer to a power source and turn it on
  • disassemble the computer into its component parts and put it back together again
  • be able to name the parts of the computer and what they do
  • be able to install an operating system (OS: Linux Xubuntu) from an install CD
  • be able to update, personalize, customise, and add extras to their OS

The learning design should allow learning with minimal supervision.

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Challenges

Cultural 

Female immigrant from East Africa is Muslim and is reluctant to socialize with male strangers. English is her second language and is a barrier to understanding.

Chemically dependant males sentenced to a half-way house come in to earn a free computer but cannot resist stealing laptops when given the opportunity.

Ten year olds come in after school and wants to earn a free computer but emotionally immaturity results in adult volunteers not wanting to babysit (discipline)

Language

English is often a second language and is a barrier to understanding.

Mental

A dozen students with Autism Spectrum disorders come in to learn job skills

Individules with Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) wish to earn computers and learn job skills.

Motivational

Individule is sentenced to serve and wishes to work 120 hrs as an alternative to 6 months in prison. She does not give the required hours but edits our tracking data base and prints out a copy for proof of compliance for her hearing.

Seven ex-prisoners are given early release to a half-way house. A grant proposal offers to pay them $8/hr for 50 hrs if we can provide supervised work for them.

Physical

Three of our volunteers have been in wheelchairs and one was a quadriplegic, only able to talk and to point with a baton held in his mouth.

One woman volunteer is legally blind

Environmental

Learner has an allergic reaction to mold in room

learners are too cold or too hot

learner can't stand the choice of music being played

Too much noise from environment is distracting

Art Oglesby
19:54 on 18 January 2013 (Edited 16:08 on 19 January 2013)

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Art Oglesby
15:13 on 19 January 2013 (Edited 19:33 on 19 January 2013)

Desktop Computer Basics Learning Activity

Scenario

Learners have paid $30 and are told they will take apart a desktop computer, learn what each part does, then put the computer back together again. They get to keep their computer. 

Setting

Learning activity is in the "Build Room" at Free Geek Twin Cities in MPLS, MN. USA on a Saturday morning at 10 am.

Actors

There will be at least one facilitator present who is a volunteer and might not have teaching experience. Learners have varied skills and handicaps/challenges.

Aims

Free Geek Twin Cities mission is to recycle or reuse unwanted computers and to help reduce the digital divide by providing learnig experiences that allow participants to be more digitally literate. This courses goal is that learners will understand their computer well enough to fix it when it does not seem to work.

Objects

The learning environment, a computer, monitor, mouse, keyboard, a working computer with internet access, a facilitator, and a learning activity instruction booklet (also available via a website).

Action

  • connect a mouse, keyboard, and monitor to a desktop computer
  • connect the computer to a power source and turn it on
  • disassemble the computer into its component parts and put it back together again
  • be able to name the parts of the computer and what they do
  • be able to install an operating system (OS: Linux Xubuntu) from an install CD
  • be able to update, personalize, customise, and add extras to their OS

Art Oglesby
16:06 on 19 January 2013 (Edited 16:07 on 19 January 2013)

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