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COMMUNET  September 2001, Week 4

COMMUNET September 2001, Week 4

Subject:

Pilot "Computers and Networking" course in the public schools

From:

"W. Curtiss Priest" <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

Community and Civic Network discussion list <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Wed, 26 Sep 2001 11:53:46 -0400

Content-Type:

text/plain

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As some will recall, I began this course in the Melrose
Schools about four years ago.

I donate my time.  Various local organizations donate
about $1000/yr. for supplies.

Now that my state requires recycling of all computers
and monitors, we have many 486's, many 14" SVGAs, but
Pentiums almost never get recycled, at least in the
Boston area.

A local company squeezed out exactly 3 over a 4 month
period as a donation.

***

In doing such a course, I thought folk would find it
interesting to read my "instructions" to a long time
friend who will take the class this Friday in my
absence.

"The devil is in the details"  :)

***

Dear Charley,

I'm so glad you can take the class as it helps the
students and uncomplicates my life  :)

Rules:

1.  No students in the wood shop except to use the bathroom
        there (to keep shop teacher happy please check
        to make sure clean and dispose of any trash in
        the wastebasket to one of the shop barrels

        You hold onto the keys -- so if the bathroom office
        door needs opening, you do it.  Also open the
        far storage room.

2.  One student, Skye, is permitted to go for sodas.  No
        companions.  I write a "hall pass" with date, time
        and reason

3.  No students permitted to play in the van area, except
        after 4PM.  And, even then, NO students IN vans

4.  No food, no cell phones in class

5.  Breaks of about 10 minutes, every 30-45 minutes, prior
        to 4PM must remain in class room.  THEN and only
        then may they play music, exchange Poekemon cards,
        etc.  The playing of computer games during class
        otherwise is "frowned on" but, sometimes it is
        inevitable as in working with one student, the
        others get restless.  I do ask the "senior" ones,
        Vlad, Tristan, Sam to help the new ones -- peering
        teaching.  Skye is often in his own little world,
        and feels compeled to straighten up the storage
        room.  Last time, though, he moved fifty things
        into the van area, and I only saw, when we had to
        leave -- so all that got crowded back in.  I don't
        wish to discourage Skye's impetus as there is too
        much, everywhere, but deciding what goes is always
        hard.  The discard area is the "pit" to the right
        as you come in the side door.  You can get fresh
        air in the room if you leave open the large rolling
        door and the class door -- but -- this invites students
        to go out there prior to 4, a dilemma.

6.  I have offered myself as the adjudicator on conflicts
        between students.  They are to come to me, explain
        their complaint and I make a "ruling."  Vlad is
        the primary offender, and I have been asking him
        and Tristan to try being "role models" to the younger
        students by not playing tricks, bad-mouthing someone,
        etc.

Projects:

The students have been paired up.

Each pair were given a working Pentium.

They were to totally diassemble, then reassemble.

Once reassembled and working,
        1.  Put Windows 95 on
                (top shelf of locked cabinet, when
                you see the Key code on a disk with
                an R, it means I HAVE reversed the digits
                so enter from right to left)
        2.  Some machines don't have CD-ROM drives, a big
                box of drives all have stiction, so have
                them try brands that are NOT the bulk of them

        3.  They are to put the DEC Ethernet cards on.
                I left these in a box, to the right of
                the door to the classroom.  They are
                using BNC coax with "T"s  A list of
                IP addresses is on the blackboard,
                the server is 209.80.190.245, 246 is also
                used, then 247 up to 255 are available

                You can always look at how the server is
                configured for DNS.

        4.  One kid started dissassembling an HP III
                laser printer for the laser.  Recall,
                the laser won't turn on unless it really
                thinks it is printing

                He stripped one phillips head.  I have
                placed with keys in mailbox, a Dremel
                arbor for the cutoff wheels in the blue
                tool carrier

                Let him notch the end of the screw for
                a flat head -- remember to widen the notch
                as a single straight cut is often too
                narrow for the blade

        5.  Another kid, in reassembling his Pentium, screwed
                the MB right to the metal frame, and smoked
                the ATX power supply

                Vlad claims to have a few (he is a real
                pack rat, and I sometimes wonder about his
                honesty, so I work on that with him).

                I will have either gotten the PS from him
                or ask him to bring to class

                I also give Vlad and Matt a ride as Matt
                is along the way, and Vlad lives across
                the street from me

Whew, makes me tired just to write this all down.  Do
suggest you print yourself a copy  :)

Thanks,

Curt

--


           W. Curtiss Priest, Director, CITS
      Center for Information, Technology & Society
         466 Pleasant St., Melrose, MA  02176
         Voice: 781-662-4044  [log in to unmask]
      Fax: 781-662-6882 WWW: http://Cybertrails.org

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