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Andy’s Project—Computer Education for Farm Men. Ruth Hambleton University of Illinois Extension Educator Farm Business Management & Marketing. Situation. Many middle-aged farmers feel inadequately trained to use computer technology. . Many great resources to use Web Sites Spreadsheets

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andy s project computer education for farm men

Andy’s Project—Computer Education for Farm Men

Ruth Hambleton

University of Illinois

Extension Educator

Farm Business Management & Marketing

situation
Situation

Many middle-aged farmers feel inadequately trained to use computer technology.

Many great resources to use

Web Sites

Spreadsheets

E-Mail

Commercial Software

bridging the gap between skills and resources in partnership with
Bridging the Gap Between Skills and Resources—In Partnership with:
  • North Central Risk Management Education Center
  • Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service
  • Illinois Risk Management Agency
  • University of Illinois Extension
funding
Funding
  • Registration fee for Andy’s Project is $20 per person
  • The North Central Risk Management Education Center provided $8,500 for:
    • USB memory sticks
    • Class supplies
    • Computer lab rental
    • Instructor travel
    • Publicity development and distribution
class structure
Class Structure
  • Four meetings
  • Each meeting lasts 2 hours
  • Farmers are hands-on
  • Homework
  • Farmers are placed in groups of five
  • Work on laptops with wireless connection to the internet or in computer labs
  • Style of education is experiential, open to questions from participants, and interactive with instructors
what they learn
What They Learn
  • Computer terminology
  • Learn about computers in terms of speed, and storage capacity
  • Very practical uses for spreadsheets that they can apply immediately
  • How to navigate the internet
  • How to manage files
  • E-mail set up and use
topics
Topics
  • Computer hardware and software, basic terminology
  • Setting up e-mail accounts (needed for setting up E Gov accounts)
  • How to search the internet for valuable resources
  • How to put simple spreadsheets together and navigate the more complicated pre-programmed spreadsheets available from farmdoc and other websites.
  • File management and where things go in a computer.
  • Farmers are supplied with a USB memory stick which they learn to use for storing and retrieving information.
instructor recruitment
Instructor Recruitment
  • Extension educators
  • Community college ag instructors
  • Ag suppliers who are frequent users of computers for ag applications
  • Lenders
instructor recruitment10
Instructor Recruitment
  • Two instructors for each class (minimum)
  • Be open to questions, checking frequently that participants are gaining in skills and confidence to use computers
evaluation
Evaluation
  • Zoomerang

http://www.zoomerang.com/survey.zgi?p=WEB225Y5URQZ87

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Ruth Hambleton

Extension Educator, Farm Business Management & Marketing

University of Illinois Extension

Mt. Vernon Extension Center

Mt. Vernon, IL 62864

Phone (618) 242 9310

Fax (618) 242 9433

[email protected]

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