Almost a year ago, Mr.Praveen, an assistant professor at Darbar college reached out to me to guide his students to contribute to Mozilla. We did the very first Mozilla event in the whole of Bijapur last year.
It was amazing to receive an invite from Darbar college for the second time to conduct a follow-up workshop. The best part was to see the contributors grow in such a short span of time.
Some observations over time
- Students had more awareness about Mozilla, what we do for web literacy, about Firefox being open source and even some of the contribution pathways.
- The teachers and management was more welcoming because of the leadership opportunity they see in associating with such workshops.
- For them , this is also an opportunity to add this to their showcase of events during admissions. Events like this give them an edge over other colleges in the city.
- Mr.Praveen, the assistant professor who’s our point of contact from the college, is now doing a research paper including Mozilla Firefox in his test cases on open source.
- He is also working hard in spreading the adoption of open source and volunteers his time educating his colleagues on various internet related issues.
The session started at around 10 am with a quick overview about what happened during last year’s session(for the students attending this for the first time). The entire session was divided into two parts
- A brief idea about Mozilla, MLN and Mozilla Clubs.
- Prototyping and presenting teaching activities.
During the first session, we discussed about various topics trending on the internet such as privacy, surveillance and sharing personal data on the internet like Apple vs FBI, FreeBasics etc. The students agreed that there are lot of issues they are ignorant about, but need to build better awareness so that they can be vocal about these.
During the second half, we started prototyping and presenting concepts in a fun manner. The idea was to explain about technology and computer related topics in a fun and participatory manner to a 5th grade student.
Absolutely loved the energy in the entire room when they started ideating. I’ve tried to capture some of the ideas generated out of these sesssions below.
- Team 1:
Members: Shanwaz, Vaibhavlaxmi, Sujuta, Ashwini, Sushma
Explaining the concept of networking with the help of hoomans!<a data-flickr-embed=”true” href=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/116230719@N08/27747229754/in/album-72157670469998381/” title=”DSC_6409″><img src=”https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8592/27747229754_c2f9a1b067_c.jpg” width=”800″ height=”534″ alt=”DSC_6409″></a>//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsDetails:
The team explained the basic idea of networking along with the types (LAN, MAN, WAN) with the help of people standing inside a circle.
First, they formed a small circle with a PC who would be inside the circle. This mean the PC is in the Local Area Network. After this, the PC moves out of the circle demonstrating that it’s no longer a part of the LAN. The circle then extends to form the MAN and the similar excercise is carried out to show WAN. This was a quick and easy way to show the different types of networks as well as the concept of networking to a 5th grade students.
- Team 2:
Members: Pradeep, Anand, Vinod, Riyan, Madesh, Siddarth, Karthick and Manju
A skit on ordering a custom assembled PC online.<a data-flickr-embed=”true” href=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/116230719@N08/28259755122/in/album-72157670469998381/” title=”DSC_6414″><img src=”https://c3.staticflickr.com/9/8699/28259755122_0d4e4c323b_c.jpg” width=”800″ height=”534″ alt=”DSC_6414″></a>//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js
The team did a short skit on a website where you can order a custom PC with your own configuration and the process behind it. Everyone is aware that assembled PC’s are expensive. This offers a platform to order custom built versions. They demonstrated this by showing different students as different components like- PC, website, monitor, CPU, keyboard etc. in a very funny and interactive manner. Especially loved the way they showed Google loading the search results.
- Team 3:
Members:Akshata, Rohini, Asharani, Jyoti, PoojaIdea:
A skit on the contrast between an internet enabled teaching environment and one without internet.<a data-flickr-embed=”true” href=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/116230719@N08/27747610813/in/album-72157670469998381/” title=”DSC_6416″><img src=”https://c6.staticflickr.com/9/8657/27747610813_ddf5e54003_c.jpg” width=”800″ height=”534″ alt=”DSC_6416″></a>//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js
The team did a skit in a government school setup with a teacher and two students. The teacher explains the students about the various generations of computers and the students ask questions on how it looks, why is it called that etc. This is when the teacher with internet enabled smart phones comes to the class and teaches her colleague to use the internet on her smart phone and that too in her local language. This impacted the students in a large way and they were now able to understand much better.
- Team 4:
Members: Nasira, Amruta, Shreya, Arun, Pradeep, Akash, Varun, ShashikaniIdea:
A skit on how Online Shopping works.<a data-flickr-embed=”true” href=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/116230719@N08/27747597784/in/album-72157670469998381/” title=”DSC_6419″><img src=”https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8598/27747597784_db851b6c2d_c.jpg” width=”800″ height=”534″ alt=”DSC_6419″></a>//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js
The team did a skit on how online shopping works. Right from the placing of order, to dispatching the same by the courier service. They also showed the availability or returning an order. This is used by ecommerce services like Amazon, Flipkart etc.
- Team 5:
Members: Mahadev, Vishwanath , Akash , Anand , Varunkumar , Vishal, Ravikiran
A detailed explanation on what happens during software installation.<a data-flickr-embed=”true” href=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/116230719@N08/27747546123/in/album-72157670469998381/” title=”DSC_6420″><img src=”https://c4.staticflickr.com/9/8636/27747546123_b3e909e528_c.jpg” width=”800″ height=”534″ alt=”DSC_6420″></a>//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js
This team gave a detailed step by step process of installing a software. From browsing, to installing to setup to packaged installer to admin permissions to files in the registry.
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