In order to complete our project we had to bring some resources to the table. We brought our technical knowledge and expertise to this project. We put in a lot of hours to make sure this project was a success. We also had newer and more up to date CPUs, monitors, keyboards, mice, and a printer that we provided. We had software from GSLIS and some we found online that were used to make the computers more modern and function in a way that was useful to Culture Club. Other resources are the new Culture Club website and documents we created to help Dawn organize the clothing closet and food pantry.
The activities we planned to accomplish were installing and setting up the computers. We planned to set up six in the student area on the stage and we have two in a separate area for adults only to use. We planned on networking the printer so that you could print from any of the computers. We wanted to create organizational documents so that Dawn would be able to have an easier time keeping track of stock in both the food pantry and the coat closet. We planned on creating instruction sheets so that Dawn will be able to maintain the security settings on the computer, the new website, and her organizational documents. We created a new Culture Club website filled with fun, educational links for the students. It also has links to practice ACT, SAT, and GED tests for older users. We planned to establish a security system so they don’t have to worry about the students going to “bad” websites. Lastly, we planned on creating a list of educational links for both the school aged children and the adults. We found a need for links to GED test prep and practice ACTs and SATs.
There were a variety of outcomes that we expected to achieve. One short-term outcome was that kids could safely use the Internet. This was a top priority for Dawn and therefore a top priority for us. We also wanted to make sure that by the time we were finished Culture Club would have a fully functioning computer lab. Another related short-term outcome was motivating kids to attend class and complete their homework. They only time they are allowed to come to Culture Club is if they go to school for the whole day. Then, once they get to Culture Club they have to finish their homework in order to get computer privileges. We hoped that by having a functioning computer lab that works more efficiently and is easier for the user to navigate students would be more inclined to get their homework done so they can use the computers. A further short-term outcome is having a separate computer area for adults-only. This is necessary so that the adults can come use the computer when kids are there and they are separated from one another. A final outcome was getting Dawn organized. Dawn is in charge of many things at her church. We hoped that by creating some documents we could make her life a little bit easier. That is why we created editable documents and instructions for the coat closet and the food bank.
The intermediate and long-term goals for this project are academic support, reinforcing classroom content, and helping adults with GED practice and job searches. These are the three things Culture Club tries to promote the most. Besides, of course, the impact Culture Club wants to have, which is building community.
We helped Dawn set up a Gmail account specifically for the computer lab. We sent all of our instructions and links to various documents to that account. We then walked her though all the steps she would need to know to maintain the computer lab. For example, we gave her instructions for using and adjusting FoxFilter, which is the security program we put in the lab. We also made instructional how to pages so that she wouldn’t have any trouble using the Google Docs we created to assist her in running the food pantry and coat closet. We hope these serve as adequate tools to help Dawn and others maintain the computer lab and organizational tools we created for them. They are easily passed down from one person to the next, which makes them valuable in the far future.
Project Transition Checklist
September 20, 2012: Initial site visit.
September 27, 2012: Logic Model 1 rough draft completed.
October 4, 2012: Reviewed Logic Model 1 and made changes as needed.
October 11, 2012: Began working on computers.
October 18-December 2, 2012: Continued to work on computers. Installed Windows XP Pro. Installed SP2 & 3. Ran CleanSlate. Installed Video Drivers. Put Open DNS on computers.
December 4, 2012: Set up lab.
December 6, 2012: Returned to do some finishing touches and walk Dawn through all the things she needs to know to keep the lab up.