Girl Scouts’ Digital Media Course Materials

So you might remember this past October I started teaching a weekly digital media course to middle-school aged Girl Scout troop using Gimp and Inkscape on Fedora live USB sticks. We held 2-hour sessions in a community center computer lab on Friday nights, assisted by volunteer teaching assistants and Kim who was the Girl Scouts’ class facilitator. I wasn’t really as good about blogging the class as I hoped to be – I wanted to blog each session, but was a bit over-ambitious about being able to do that during the holiday season (plus, the classes were Friday nights so there wasn’t really any time after class to take care of it.) That being said, the class ended right before Christmas. Over the course of the class, I developed various lesson booklets based on the girls’ progress and interests. Some of the material took two class sessions to cover, so some weeks we didn’t have fresh material; the material on holiday cards and journals was created after three of the girls asked if we could do a class on how to do those things. The final two classes focused on creating T-shirt designs for T-shirts the students could keep – …

Girl Scouts' Digital Media Class, Day 1 & Day 2

This evening I taught the second class session of a 9-week program to teach ~14-year old Girl Scouts how to work with digital media using free software tools. Our first class was last Friday. The classes are two-hours long, on Friday nights (these girls are dedicated!), on a weekly basis. The Plan So you may have heard of the Women in free software caucus organized by the Free Software Foundation last year. One of the major goals of the womens’ caucus is to bring free software to girls and young women. Deb Nicholson and I have been planning a program to do just that over the past few months with Red Hat and the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. My co-worker Sue first got me in touch with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. It’s a really great organization to work with. We started with an informal email exchange this past summer, I met with them at their offices in downtown Boston, we devised a plan, and they helped make it happen. They located a computer lab for us to work in, a group of girls in an appropriate age group for the program who are willing to learn, worked …

Girl Scouts' Digital Media Class, Day 1 & Day 2

This evening I taught the second class session of a 9-week program to teach ~14-year old Girl Scouts how to work with digital media using free software tools. Our first class was last Friday. The classes are two-hours long, on Friday nights (these girls are dedicated!), on a weekly basis. The Plan So you may have heard of the Women in free software caucus organized by the Free Software Foundation last year. One of the major goals of the womens’ caucus is to bring free software to girls and young women. Deb Nicholson and I have been planning a program to do just that over the past few months with Red Hat and the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. My co-worker Sue first got me in touch with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. It’s a really great organization to work with. We started with an informal email exchange this past summer, I met with them at their offices in downtown Boston, we devised a plan, and they helped make it happen. They located a computer lab for us to work in, a group of girls in an appropriate age group for the program who are willing to learn, worked …