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Technology in After School Programs Not Just Surfing… REALLY Using Computers. Andrew Sears Executive Director TechMission. 617.282.9798. Outline. About TechMission and AC4 Technology Training Activities Computers Supporting Academics Additional Resources.

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technology in after school programs not just surfing really using computers

Technology in After School ProgramsNot Just Surfing… REALLY Using Computers

Andrew Sears

Executive Director



  • About TechMission and AC4
  • Technology Training Activities
  • Computers Supporting Academics
  • Additional Resources
techmission inc
TechMission, Inc.
  • TechMission, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) with the goal of supporting Christian computer centers through two program areas:
    • Association of Christian Community Computer Centers (AC4): supporting Christian CTCs across the world through an association model (currently with over 600 member organizations)
    • TechMission Boston Program: supporting Christian Community Technology Centers (CTCs) in the greater Boston area through direct program support with plans to replicate in other cities (LA and Chicago)
our mission
Our Mission
  • Mission: to support Christian community computer centers across the world as they address the Digital Divide by providing others with computer skills to make a living and a spiritual foundation to make a life
techmission boston program
TechMission Boston Program
  • Program operated by TechMission and partners across six sites in Boston
  • Provides at-risk high school students with:
    • SAT preparation class to over 200 students
    • MCAS preparation class to 175 students
    • Academic tutoring and support
    • College planning and preparation
    • Computer classes to over 350 adults
how learning occurs
How Learning Occurs
  • People Remember…
    • 10% of what they read
    • 20% of what they hear
    • 30% of what they see
    • 50% of what they see and hear
    • 70% of what they discuss with others
    • 80% of what they experience personally
    • 90% of what they teach to someone else

From psychologist William Glasser

after school tech time
After School “Tech Time”
  • Project based learning works best
    • Teaching software does not work without a goal
  • Integrate computers with other activities in after school program
    • Black History Month, Scan in Art, Themes
  • Need to split age groups (k-8 into 2 or 3 age groups)

Lesson Plan: Encarta Africana Heroes

    • Step 1: Students find a hero using Encarta Africana. They answer questions on worksheet.

Step 2: Students use Microsoft Word to make posters of their heroes. Posters include details from worksheet and pictures of heroes (copy & paste is learned!).


Lesson Plan: Poetry

Step 1: Students find a poet in Encarta Africana or Internet


Step 2: Students search for their poets on the Internet. They print out poems written by their poets.

Step 3: Students take one line of their poem. They write their own poems using that line.


Lesson Plan: WebQuest on the History of Hip Hop

    • Step 1: Students learn some Hip Hop history using specified web sites. They answer worksheet questions.
history of hip hop
History of Hip Hop
  • Step 2: Students find a Hip Hop musician on the Internet. They print out the lyrics of three of their songs. Students think about what these songs say and their deeper message.
  • Step 3: Students summarize their research (history and lyrics) with analysis in a six slide PowerPoint presentation. Students present their slide show to the class.
sample projects digital art
Sample Projects:Digital Art

Self-Portraits using Photoshop

music mixing
Music Mixing
  • Acid Music (
    • Easy to Use “Loops” Tool for 2nd Grade Up
    • Free download at
  • Pro Tools (
    • Advanced Music Mixing Capabilities (Mac & PC) for 7 grade and up
    • Free version at:
ways computers can assist academic learning in after school programs
Ways Computers Can Assist Academic Learning in After School Programs
  • Computerized Assessment
    • Diagnose areas of need for individuals
  • Supporting Tutors with Online Tools
    • Provide tutors with diagnostics, curriculum, lesson plans and rubrics to improve tutoring
  • Computerized Tutorials
  • Educational and “Edutainment” Software
  • Measuring Performance, Reporting and Aligning with School Standards
performance measurement reporting and alignment with standards
Performance Measurement, Reporting and Alignment with Standards
  • Can quantify measurable improvement using pre and post diagnostic tests
    • Curriculum is aligned with Department of Education Standards
  • Can report results for individual students and for whole program
    • Identify areas of strength and weakness
    • Report to funders
web based curriculum providers
Web-based Curriculum Providers
  • Plato Learning (
    • Market leader
  • Lightspan (
    • Good assessment, integration with standards (subdivision of Plato)
  • Compass Learning (
    • Good assessment, integration with standards and fun learning tools
  • Riverdeep (
    • Best source for fun learning tools
  • Pearson (
    • Good assessment and integration with standards
educational and edutainment software
Educational and “Edutainment” Software
  • Jumpstart Series
    • Provides educational games for kids ages k-6
  • Web-Based Educational Games
  • Encyclopedia Africana
    • Provides the most complete encyclopedia of African and African American information
importance of online safety
Importance of Online Safety
  • 9 in 10 kids ages 8-16 yrs have viewed porn online, mostly unintentionally, and when using the Internet to do homework (UK: News Telegraph, NOP Research Group, 1/17/02)
  • Danger of Chat Rooms
    • 1 in 5 children who use Chat rooms have been approached by a pedophile online ( 1/02)
    • 89% of sexual solicitations were made in either Chat rooms or Instant Messages (Pew Study reported in JAMA, 2001)
    • 2 in 5 of all abductions ages 15-17 are due to contact through the Internet (San Diego Police Department)
recommendations for online safety
Recommendations for Online Safety
  • All CTC’s should have Internet filtering software installed
  • All Christian CTC should not allow IM and Chat Rooms
  • All CTC’s should have online safety programs to educate children of online dangers
web site filtering software
Web Site Filtering Software
  • We Blocker
    • Free at
  • Filtering Service by Promise Keepers (
    • Filtered dial-up Internet access for $15.95
  • Filtering Server or Client Software
    • CleanWeb (
    • CyberPatrol (
    • Cybersitter (
    • CyberSnoop (
    • Net Nanny (
    • Net Shepherd (
    • Safesurf (
    • Watchdog (
    • X-Stop (
search engines for kids
Search Engines for Kids
  • Ask Jeeves for Kids:
  • Yahooligans:
  • Lycos SafetyNet
  • OneKey
  • Education World:
  • Classroom Connect
  • Study Web
  • Kids Click!/

List provided by AC4 Member, Guy Yasika

other resources in techmission manual
Other Resources in TechMission Manual
  • Includes Material on:
    • Getting Software Donations
    • Getting Hardware Donations
    • Getting Grants
    • Managing Tech Volunteers
    • Providing Computer Certifications
    • Curriculum for Computer Classes
    • More detail on materials covered in this presentation
benefits of ac4 membership training
Benefits of AC4 Membership: Training
  • Training through our national and regional tech conferences, workshops and conference calls
  • TechMission Manual: 60+ page manual for operating Tech Programs including curriculum and capacity building materials
  • Information and curriculum available to members only on our Website
  • Free electronic subscription to Christian Computing Magazine
benefits of ac4 membership community
Benefits of AC4 Membership: Community
  • Conferences: regional and national
  • Regional Chapters for regional collaboration
  • Volunteer Network: recruit volunteers for members through AC4’s website
  • E-mail List with over 700 participants
  • Contact List of Christian Computer Centers
benefits of ac4 membership resources
Benefits of AC4 Membership: Resources
  • Subgrants and Intensive Technical Assistance totaling $750,000 (through the C4T Project in CA, IL and MA)
  • Discounted Gifts in Kind Membership providing access to over $800 million in product donations
  • Advocacy for members to foundations, corporations and government initiatives
  • Equipment: Assistance in securing computer and hardware donations
  • Consulting on starting and growing a computer center and Web Design
how to join ac4
How to Join AC4
  • Sign up for membership at
  • Membership cost
    • $20 per year for organizations with budgets over $500,000
    • $50 per year for organizations with budgets over $500,000
techmission conferences
TechMission Conferences
  • TechMission National Technology and Ministry Conference: October 27-28, 2004 in Atlanta
  • TechMission West Coast Regional Technology and Ministry Conference: June 5, 2004 in Los Angeles
  • TechMission Northeast Regional Technology and Ministry Conference: March 2005 in Boston
helpful sites for youth ministers in general
Helpful Sites for Youth Ministers in General
    • Sponsors of the Compassionworks Urban Youth Ministry Conference
    • Provides good material for youth pastors
    • Good Christian anti-pornography educational site
    • General Youth Ministry Website
    • Purchase materials for youth ministry
    • Get ideas for games for youth ministry
computer literacy and jobs

Computer Industry***


Jobs Down 55-65%*

Jobs Grown to 7.4 million &

Increasing 6.5% per year

Once provided 52%

of jobs to some groups,

but now only 28%**

65% of all jobs use computers

90% of all jobs use computer-

related technologies

* In a range of Northern cities between 1967-1987, When Work Disappears

** Statistics are for inner-city black men in Chicago

*** Other sources include Bureau of Labor Statistics and Department of Commerce

Computer Literacy and Jobs