We have a planning meeting coming up in three days - and as I'm working on this website as a possible contribution to the meeting, ideas are coming up which I need to write down before they slip away...!!!
This 'News and Views' blog page on web site (public) - learning to access and use this could be a terrific learning/reinforcement experience for some participants as well as being a useful communication tool for all.
Communication Book/Folder - what I'm wondering about is having an A4 folder which contains a plastic pocket or a section for each participant which contains an overview page of their learning goals; and then some sort of 'case notey' pages in which their achievement/s for the day and plan for coming month/session are written up. I see them doing this themselves whenever possible. It would have a section at the front which is a communication book between mentors about the running of the group; any follow ups, etc.; then the individual group 'plastic pockets' in alphabetical order. Participants could take these out at the beginning of each session.
Contact List of Mentors What would we put on this? What uses? Could we have eg. a monthly dial up for questions person??
Each participant, or particularly the very new to computers/anxious participants, might benefit from a one to one explorative 'active listening' session with a mentor to get a clearer sense of where they 'are at', where they want to go, what do they already have to help them get there (existing skills; technology; supports), what obstacles do they need to surmount, how they'll know when they've got there. This could help them in the goal setting as well as tracking process and would provide a clearer picture to us of suitable mentor/s; where small group work might fit in addition to one to one on particular topics.
Revision of Intergenerational Project
For various reasons the planned intergenerational project is not going ahead. This has to do with nature of student intake/programs; and also the police check issue is lurking in the background. The Flexible Learning centre, by its nature, appears to tends towards individualized rather than class even group learning. The original concept was fine, but was based on a group program. However I wonder whether we might be able to synchronize a little intergenerational learning within the drop in. If the Flexible Learning Student has a student who is very tech savvy and it is thought might develop confidence in becoming a mentor I think this could be manageable - more manageable In fact than having a class or group of students. There is a designated time slot; there are people with police checks involved; the teachers/aides are in the next room. It would be a bit like the young man who dropped in to 'Let's Talk Books'.
Making the Most of the Internet - Ian's Offer
After having had a break, Ian has indicated he would be prepared to offer Making the Most of the Internet again at some stage next year as he has the resources and there may be people ready to make more of the internet. He has said it might perhaps be done within the Drop In or Tech Savvy Framework - perhaps for an hour session. Two things strike me:
* Perhaps he could do a 'Making the Most of the Internet' spot in the first half of the year; then
* Offer 'Making the Most of the Internet' again in Semester II as this would give some drop in participants who have increased their skill somewhere to go on to. It could be timetabled separately, or perhaps be one hour of the drop in.
Need to 'watch this space' and keep thinking of the possibilities.