TechAssist 2 ~ Cisco Kids Help Schools
Overview Building on PC and Network Hardware and Software foundations received in their sophomore year, juniors and seniors proceed to the Cisco Networking Academy Program. Students learn to design, build and maintain computer networks and prepare for the 21st century workplace with a thorough immersion in cabling, media, connections, electronics, routers, bridges, switches, and hub setup and management, network security and documentation. TechAssist Part II students continue to install, troubleshoot, maintain and repair computers with an emphasis on school networks. By assuming active roles in career choices and service, they show younger peers how Cisco Kids can be Successful Adults.
Assessment The most definitive assessment of a TechAssist student is a working computer and a satisfied user. Class work and homework assignments are assessed through tests many of which are online. Students refer to Rubric scores for TechAssist Logs and Reports.
Software or Materials Used For repair activities: small tool kits, cable & tester, crimper & RJ45 jacks; for text; Cisco Networking Academy online curriculum; plus demonstrations on a large screen monitor, Diagnostic Utilities, software installation disks; computer slide & digital whiteboard presentations; Microsoft Office for TechAssist logo, business cards, service forms, feedback forms, etc.
Keywords Service Learning, Networking, Troubleshooting Computers, Technology, Cisco
Final Words When TechAssist students discover they are in demand for summer and full time tech positions in major companies and government organizations, they agree rigorous curriculum plus hard work pays off.
Teacher Tip Teamwork is key to providing service in Networking and Technology. The more students work together to solve endless computer glitches, the better they do. Communication skills also improve with careful documentation in Logs and Reports.
E-mail contact Charlotte McCullough firstname.lastname@example.org
Teacher Bio Charlotte McCullough is the Vocational Instructor of Networking and Information Processing at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, a School to Career school. An original techie, she developed her programming expertise during the dawn of modern computer technology. Her certifications combine to endow her students with cutting-edge training plus historical perspective. As HTML creator of the first 100 pages on boston.technet.org, CharM continues to advise and consult. Her several awards include the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Teacher of the Year, and Golden Apple Teacher. Through TechBoston she has received the City Excellence Award for Innovation in Education sponsored by John Hancock and the Boston Management Consortium.
Subject Areas Networking & Information Processing
Grade Levels Grade 11 & 12
Students Tech Voc Ed Juniors & Seniors, many of whom are new immigrants