Hello Guys! Tomorrow will have the last laboratories for the 2016 year! I'm so happy to what we done and what will do in the future! Some other Libraries here ask me to do other laboratories or activities in order to improve the digital skill of Cagliari population and other ask me to do activities of Scratch (https://scratch.mit.edu/) on 2017 for the schools. For this last, I want to know if we are thought to do curriculum using this Mit Educational Program or not? I thought to ask at the local CoderDojo in order to perform activities in synergy with they or prepare some of new for us (If we allow to do activities with Scratch).
The actual situation here is:
First of the end of this Year my goal was to explore at least one of the three areas (Read, Write or Participate) in our Laboratories.
First to start with the topics I prepared in the first Laboratories a sort of test to understand the level of the attendees. I made three interactive activities (one per each interaction level). The activities are:
1. Read the Web: Time Travelers (Search and identify on the Web the six legend of Time Travellers spread on Internet in the Modern age)
2. Participate on the Web: The Social Network (Search the Facebook Page of Mozilla Cagliari Club, do a Tag and use the hashtag #mozMEM in a private post, the attendees must describe all the steps in a note)
3. Write the Web: Simple Page (Using Thimble click on this link: http://tinyurl.com/webateca, remix, edit and save your creation)
The results of this first test was that the attendees need to start from how the read the Web. For that reason I started with this area for this first period.
We are just finished two week ago to explore in general some topics regarding how to read the Web. I didn't use curriculum of all proposed in our website because all people in our Laboratories are Adult from 40 to 70 years old and I prefer to concentrate the topic of some useful notions and Tips for web things of everyday usage.
For that I prepared little activities related at topics discussed during the laboratories. The topics done are:
Search Engine (How works, what is the KeyWord, how make a good keyword, when is necessary to use an Search Engine, the difference between Google and DuckDuckGo Search Engines and why the results are different, the most used command for the search engine)
The three related activities are:
Search the term "Panda" in the two Search Engine (Google & DuckDuckGo) and take note of the results
(This activity was focused to help the people to understand the difference between the results given from a Search Engine who collect information from the users with the results determinate without it)
Use the most common command in the two Search Engine and take note of the results.
(this activity was useful to help the people to understand the potential to know few command to create a more fine search on the web)
I prepared some phrase with specific topic and I assign a topic of all group (2 people per group) next they need to create keyword to define a correct search result related at the topic.
(This activity is only interesting to understand how the people interact with the other and if all explained was understood from the attendees)
Browsing (What is a Web Browser (the Client and the Rendering Engine), the most used Browser Web, What is Firefox, the different versions of Firefox (Aurora, Nightly, Developer Edition, Beta and Standard), the GUI of a Browser (I used Firefox ), some navigation tips, the HTTPS & HTTP protocol, what is the HTML Language and little history of browsers, how use the Web Browser with the GUI)
The three related activities are:
Search an Italian Recipe using the Browser GUI and annotate the Website address.
(this is helpful to understand if the people use correctly the different Bar in the GUI and if all information annotated are good or not)
Connect at the Mozilla Cagliari Club website putting the address in the correct bar and connect in the E-Learning Web-Platform and annotate which Protocol of communication are in use the address, in general, use the Browser for surfing.
(this is helpful to understand if the people recognize where put the address in which bar in the screen and if understood how to use the Browser)
Connect at the address http://webateca.online and use the information given to do the access at the website and navigate using a Private Window.
(this last is to know if the attendees understand the importance to use the Private Window to navigate in public space and if are able to do the access in the website in a correct manner)
Add-ons, Lightbeam and Browser Privacy Settings (what is an Add-on, what is LightBeam, why is important to understand how the website interact with us, how to configure the Privacy and Security Settings in a Browser and why is important)
the three related activities are:
- Navigate on the portal of Firefox Add-ons and in the installed add-ons
(this is done to understand if the attendees know where go to search the add-ons and if they can see all the add-ons installed in their Browser)
Install an Add-on
(this is done to help the people to understand how install an add-on. the add-on to install was LightBeam)
Configure a Browser with an high privacy and security protection
( here the people as configured the Web Browser with a Track-Protection a no-cookies policy and an action of clearing of the history of navigation, and moreover, setting a master Password for the saved logins).
Read the Web: beginner Level Quiz (In this laboratory I prepared a Test in the E-learning Platform (I'm using an Moodle Platform) where I put some multiple-choise questions with all the topic done in this three laboratories. The minimum to consider pass the quiz was 60/100 . All people have passed this quiz but only few people with an High vote. I used this votes to create mini-group made taking one people with an high vote with another with a low vote.
Firefox & Thunderbird (How to use the bookmarks, Pocket on Firefox, the Downloads, how to setup the Bookmarks and the Download in Firefox, what is an Email Client, what is Thunderbird, the Thunderbird GUI & the similitude with Firefox, how to configure an Email Client & why is important to use an Open Source Email Client, the Protocols used, the add-ons on Thunderbird)
the two activities related are:
Save a Bookmarks with Firefox, search the Thunderbird installer on the web and Download it! (here the people need to use some topics done during the laboratories and use in real the bookmarks and the Download and configure it).
Install and configure Thunderbird for an Email account (here was important to know if the people understood the minimum steps in order to configure an Email Client)
Now, I prepared an Certificate for the people who passed the test to give him a Gift for Christmas and (more important) to do somethings that could be recognized about this experience done with us.
On January I will start with the second level of interaction (Participate on the Web) talking about the Encryption, the Public Key, Tips to use the Social Network in a secure manner, The concept of Privacy and Security and why is important in our Digital Life, all these identifying with some of you (if are interested) some activities and topics