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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

Ruth Hambleton

University of Illinois

Extension Educator

Farm Business Management & Marketing


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Situation

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

Many great resources to use

Web Sites

Spreadsheets

E-Mail

Commercial Software


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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


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Funding Partnership with:

  • 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


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Class Structure Partnership with:

  • 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


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What They Learn Partnership with:

  • 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


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Topics Partnership with:

  • 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.


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Instructor Recruitment Partnership with:

  • Extension educators

  • Community college ag instructors

  • Ag suppliers who are frequent users of computers for ag applications

  • Lenders


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Instructor Recruitment Partnership with:

  • Two instructors for each class (minimum)

  • Be open to questions, checking frequently that participants are gaining in skills and confidence to use computers


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Andy’s Project, Monroe County 2006 Partnership with:

Spreadsheet Exercise

  • Demo candy exercise.


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Evaluation Partnership with:

  • Zoomerang

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


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Ruth Hambleton Partnership with:

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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