Summary of YL discussion thread on using computers in afterschool
As you gear up for summertime tech & learning activities, we’re offering a recap of a discussion and resources from a thread on the YL list. Last year, Matt Crichton posed a series of challenges facing his afterschool program which seemed very familiar to others, and over 17 YL members responded with ideas, solutions and philosophies about his scenario.
Challenges & Questions
Kids are not motivated to use computers, and it is hard to keep their attention focused on the activity at hand;
The time schedule does not provide a structured time to come to the computer lab;
The equipment is old, and only 3 of the desktop work stations are functioning;
Girls do not get involved with technology;
What are learning activities that can be used to get the kids started using computers?
Recommendations from the YL Community included:
Reflect on and choose deliberately, your program’s learning model;
Integrate Technology into Other Activities;
Organize Interesting Activities (restated—Organize Activities that are interesting to young people!);
Pay attention to gender dynamics.
You can find the entire discussion on our archives, which took place between dates— February 22 and March 11, 2005, at: "http://mailman.edc.org/pipermail/youthlearn/2005/date.html#start"