The high school students in Roger Berger's Crook County High School Computer Application classes are putting their new computer skills to work and getting hands on training as teachers.
>High school students will be holding individual educational sessions by appointment through the month of May
Every Monday morning during the month of April, Computer Application students have traveled from the high school to Cecil Sly Elementary where they worked with third grade students, showing them the basics of computers.
"It's an opportunity for my students to review what they've learned and to help the younger kids at the same time," Berger stated. Students prepared for their work with elementary school children by creating a training portfolio, complete with two short 30-minute lessons for each elementary student. The lessons were designed to cover the very basics of computer use and key terminology.
Berger indicated that the third graders haven't worked on computers much, and this experience has afforded them the opportunity to get one-on-one training with a high school student acting as coach. In this way, the younger students were able to freely ask questions and get immediate answers.
Chelsea Barnes, a sophomore, is one student involved in Berger's first period class who has enjoyed working with the younger students. "It's very rewarding helping someone learn how to use a computer," she said.
Barnes isn't the only student who has found the experience worthwhile. "It works out well for all the people involved," Berger said.
In addition to the classroom training at Cecil Sly, the high school students are about to launch a Service Learning Project in conjunction to the computer program. For this project the high school's computer lab will be open by appointment to the public for one-on-one training sessions with a high school student.
Appointments can be arranged by calling the high school at 416-6900, ext. 1203, and are required so that students can prepare an appropriate schedule for the trainee.
Available workshops include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, and Microsoft PowerPoint.
Workshops begin on May 16, and continue May 21, 23, 28, and 30. Sessions run from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Monday and Wednesday.
Berger indicated that the students are looking forward to working with the community utilizing their computer skills.