Technology for Youth Programs and Youth Ministry by jolinmilioncherie


									Technology for Youth Programs
      presented to the Salvation Army

                    Andrew Sears
                    Executive Director

Our Mission

   Mission: to support Christian community
    computer centers across the world as they
    address the Digital Divide by providing
    others with computer skills to make a living
    and a spiritual foundation to make a life
of AC4 Members

 Models for Technology in Youth
 Activities for Youth Using Technology
 Technology for Academic Learning
 Other Resources
Technology Training Activities
    for Youth Programs
Program Models for Youth

   After School Tech Time
   Walk In Computer Center
   Computer Club
   Computer Classes
   Tech Entrepreneurship
   Youth Tech Interns
After School “Tech Time”

   Model: have regular time with technology as part of
    after school program
   Project based learning works best
    –   Teaching software does not work without a goal
   Integrate computers with other activities in after
    school program
    –   Black History Month, Scan in Art, Themes
   Need to split age groups (k-8 into 2 or 3 age groups)
Walk-In Computer Center

   Model: youth can come in anytime during the open
    lab hours to use the computers.
    –   Provides safe environment with less structure than an after
        school program
    –   Provides good way to get to know children in the
   Need to provide some direction and guidelines
    –   At first, most youth use the computers to surf the Web and
        check their e-mail.
    –   Need to encourage youth to explore more advanced
        technology options
    –   Need clear guidelines
Computer Club

   Model: provide a once a week activity particularly targeting
    children who are interested in technology
    –   Works well in conjunction with a walk-in computer center
    –   Have one day when the lab is only open to Computer Club
    –   Works well with middle-school-aged students
    –   Computer Club provides structured, project-based activities
        such as video production, music mixing, and digital art
   Computer Club lets youth workers get to know the kids even
    better, teach them new skills around specific software, call
    out their gifts, and encourage them.
Computer Classes for Youth

   Model: provide computer classes with topics
    of interest to youth
    –   These classes use students’ pre-existing interests
        to get them excited about technology
   Youth are already interested in media
    –   Video Production
    –   Web Design
    –   Digital Music Mixing
Teen Tech Entrepreneurship

   Model: start a youth-run businesses using
    technology to teach tech and business skills
    –   Web design, T-shirt business, graphics design
    –   Example:
    –   Youth also gain life skills through formal
        discipleship and Bible study.
Teen Volunteer and
Intern Programs

   Model: youth volunteer or work as staff/interns in
   Youth Volunteers Duties
    –   Assist with classes
   Potential Youth Staff Duties
    –   Supervise walk-in center and fix computers
    –   Assist with classes
    –   Work in Web Design Business
    –   Learn on the job and through self study
   Discipleship: provide youth staff with regular time of
    discipleship and leadership training
Project Ideas
How Learning Occurs

   People Remember…
    –   10% of what they read
    –   20% of what they hear
    –   30% of what they see
    –   50% of what they see and hear
    –   70% of what they discuss with others
    –   80% of what they experience personally
    –   90% of what they teach to someone else

               From psychologist William Glasser
Project Based Learning

   Project Based Learning Works Best for Youth
    –   Recognizes that children learn by doing
    –   Teaches through projects
    –   Gives youth a goal or project that allows them to
        learn along the way to that goal
    –   Works well with youth, postmodern culture and
        urban environments
    –   Educators have termed this the “Constructionist”
        approach to education
Sample Projects:
Youth Web Pages
 Sample Projects: WebQuest for
 the History of Hip Hop
Step 1: Students learn some Hip Hop history using specified
web sites. They answer worksheet questions.
Sample Projects: History of Hip Hop

   Step 2: Students find a Hip Hop musician on
    the Internet. They print out the lyrics of three
    of their songs. Students think about what
    these songs say and their deeper message.

   Step 3: Students summarize their research
    (history and lyrics) with analysis in a six slide
    PowerPoint presentation. Students present
    their slide show to the class.
Sample Projects:
Digital Art

 Self-Portraits using Photoshop or other software
Sample Projects: Music Mixing

   Acid Music (
    –   Easy to Use “Loops” Tool for 2nd Grade Up
    –   Free download at
   Pro Tools (
    –   Advanced Music Mixing Capabilities (Mac & PC)
        for 7 grade and up
    –   Free version at:
Sample Projects:
Flash Animation
Sample Projects: Video

     Stop Animation and Music Videos
Digital Camera and Video

   Using a digital camera:
   Doing digital video projects:
   Media Projects Guide
 Lesson Plan: Heroes

Step 1: Students find a hero using Encarta Africana or the
Internet. They answer questions on worksheet.
Step 2: Students use Microsoft Word to make posters of their
heroes. Posters include details from worksheet and pictures of
heroes (copy & paste is learned, but be careful with copyright)
Lesson Plan: Poetry
Step 1: Students find a poet in Encarta Africana or Internet
Step 2: Students search for their poets on the Internet. They print
out poems written by their poets.

Step 3: Students take one line of their poem. They write their own
poems using that line.
Music Mixing

   Acid Music (
    –   Easy to Use “Loops” Tool for 2nd Grade Up
    –   Free download at
   Pro Tools (
    –   Advanced Music Mixing Capabilities (Mac & PC)
        for 7 grade and up
    –   Free version at:
Educational and “Edutainment”

   Jumpstart Series
    –   Provides educational games for kids ages k-6
   Web-Based Educational Games
   Encyclopedia Africana
    –   Provides the most complete encyclopedia of
        African and African American information
Online Tools

    Homework help (offered by many regional public
    Specialist in achievement tests:
    College preparation and future planning:
    Educational games:
     – – ID Me
Useful Resources:
Lesson and Project Ideas

   AC4 Youth Technology Resources and Lesson
    –   Available on-line for AC4 Members at:
   Youth Learn Lesson Plans in Technology
    –   freely available on-line at
    –   The Youth Learn Guide costs $19.95 if you join their e-mail
Using Technology to Assist
  in Academic Learning
Ways Computers Can Assist Academic
Learning in Youth Programs

1.   Computerized Assessment
     –   Diagnose areas of need for individuals
2.   Supporting Tutors with Online Tools
     –   Provide tutors with diagnostics, curriculum,
         lesson plans and rubrics to improve tutoring
3.   Computerized Tutorials
4.   Measuring Performance, Reporting and
     Aligning with School Standards
Web-based Curriculum Providers
   Plato Learning (
     –   Market leader
   Lightspan (
     –   Good assessment, integration with standards (subdivision of Plato)
   Compass Learning (
     –   Good assessment, integration with standards and fun learning tools
   Riverdeep (
     –   Best source for fun learning tools
   Pearson (
     –   Good assessment and integration with standards
   Test U (
     –   Good test prep tools for state assessments, SAT and ACT
   Princeton Review (
     –   Good test prep tools for SAT and ACT
Additional Resources
Importance of Online Safety

   9 in 10 kids ages 8-16 yrs have viewed porn
    online, mostly unintentionally, and when
    using the Internet to do homework (UK: News
    Telegraph, NOP Research Group, 1/17/02)

   Danger of Chat Rooms
     –   1 in 5 children who use Chat rooms have been approached
         by a pedophile online ( 1/02)
     –   89% of sexual solicitations were made in either Chat rooms
         or Instant Messages (Pew Study reported in JAMA, 2001)
     –   2 in 5 of all abductions ages 15-17 are due to contact
         through the Internet (San Diego Police Department)
Recommendations for Online

1.   All CTC’s should have Internet filtering
     software installed
2.   All Christian CTC should not allow IM and
     Chat Rooms
3.   All CTC’s should have online safety
     programs to educate children of online
Web Site Filtering Software

   We Blocker
     –   Free at
   Filtering Service by Promise Keepers (
     –   Filtered dial-up Internet access for $15.95
   Filtering Server or Client Software
     –   CleanWeb (
     –   CyberPatrol (
     –   Cybersitter (
     –   CyberSnoop (
     –   Net Nanny (
     –   Net Shepherd (
     –   Safesurf (
     –   Watchdog (
     –   X-Stop (
Search Engines for Kids

   Ask Jeeves for Kids:
   Yahooligans:
   Lycos SafetyNet
   OneKey
   Education World:
   Classroom Connect
   Study Web
   Kids Click!/

        List provided by AC4 Member, Guy Yasika
Other Resources in
TechMission Manual

   Includes Material on:
    –   Getting Software Donations
    –   Getting Hardware Donations
    –   Getting Grants
    –   Managing Tech Volunteers
    –   Providing Computer Certifications
    –   Curriculum for Computer Classes
    –   More detail on materials covered in this
Benefits of AC4 Membership:

   Training through our national and regional
    tech conferences, workshops and conference
   TechMission Manual: 60+ page manual for
    operating Tech Programs including curriculum
    and capacity building materials
   Information and curriculum available to
    members only on our Website
   Free electronic subscription to Christian
    Computing Magazine
Benefits of AC4 Membership:

   Conferences: regional and national
   Regional Chapters for regional collaboration
   Volunteer Network: recruit volunteers for
    members through AC4’s website
   E-mail List with over 700 participants
   Contact List of Christian Computer Centers
Benefits of AC4 Membership:

   Subgrants and Intensive Technical Assistance
    totaling $750,000 (through the C4T Project in CA, IL
    and MA)
   Discounted Gifts in Kind Membership providing
    access to over $800 million in product donations
   Advocacy for members to foundations, corporations
    and government initiatives
   Equipment: Assistance in securing computer and
    hardware donations
   Consulting on starting and growing a computer
    center and Web Design
How to Join AC4

   Sign up for membership at
   Membership cost
    –   $20 per year for organizations with budgets under
    –   $50 per year for organizations with budgets over
TechMission Conferences

   TechMission National Technology and
    Ministry Conference: October 27-28, 2004 in
   TechMission Northeast Regional Technology
    and Ministry Conference: March 2005 in
    Helpful Sites for Youth
    Ministers in General
     –   Sponsors of the Compassionworks Urban Youth Ministry Conference
     –  Provides good material for youth pastors
     –   Good Christian anti-pornography educational site
     –   General Youth Ministry Website
     –   Purchase materials for youth ministry
     –   Get ideas for games for youth ministry
Digital Divide
        Computer Literacy and Jobs

        Manufacturing                                                             Computer Industry     ***

                            Jobs Down 55-65%*                                            Jobs Grown to 7.4 million &
                                                                                         Increasing 6.5% per year

                            Once provided 52%
                            of jobs to some groups,                                      65% of all jobs use computers
                            but now only 28%**

                                                                                         90% of all jobs use computer-
                                                                                         related technologies
* In a range of Northern cities between 1967-1987, When Work Disappears
** Statistics are for inner-city black men in Chicago
*** Other sources include Bureau of Labor Statistics and Department of Commerce

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