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January 3rd, 2011 by Admin

Hello, and welcome to the partial list of project pages for the UIUC engagement with the Lincoln’s Challenge Academy in Rantoul, IL.  For their official website, please visit http://www.ngycp.org/site/state/il/

Checking In

November 27th, 2007 by Admin
Hi Art,
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you actually had some time off from work and school. The end of the semester is rapidly approaching, so things are pretty hectic around here. Our group is currently putting together our final project report, and we thought we’d check in and see how things are going with the lab. Were you able to resolve the software issues and get those three programs installed on the computers? Have the kids been able to use the lab yet? Have there been any other issues with the computers since we left?
If you have a free moment sometime in the next week or so to give us an update, we would really appreciate it.

Response

Hi everyone,

I emailed Art yesterday asking him for an update and here is his response from today (and my original email). I tried to forward it but the UIUC email has been acting wonky all day, so I had to cut and paste it instead.

Classification:  UNCLASSIFIED

Caveats: NONE

Hello,

I had a really nice Thanksgiving in Maryland with family and friends and enjoyed temperatures in the 70’s in Virginia for a few days. There’s nothing like time off when you need it! The lab is coming along and there were minor issues that we are taking care of. It turns out that some of the hubs were connected together with straight cable connectors instead of cross over configuration in the way the tip was put together. That was something “I” should have caught earlier but I was too overjoyed at seeing it physically completed by your team. We will merely replace the tips with crossover ones.

Computer number 59 fizzled out on us but that is the only hardware failure. 1 out of 60 is pretty good. The kids will be coming in to use the lab later this week. I am connecting Mediacom Internet service to the hubs today and preparing the printer for lab network use.

Nice to here from you. Keep up the good work and I will get you an update next week and possibly some pictures of the kids working on the computers.

BTW, I did remember to remove the blue garbage can! 🙂

Art Hughes

Lincoln’s Challenge Academy

Software Follow-Up

November 26th, 2007 by Admin

Hi Art,

Its XXXXXX from the UIUC networking class. I was curious about how everything was going in terms of software setup (hopefully well)….? And I also wanted to get a brief description of the role the three programs play in the cadets education/graduation, etc.  I know we discussed this many times, but I’m doing a final writeup for class and wanted to make sure I had all the details correct. If you could help me out with that, I’d be very appreciative.
So, any info on the ReadOn, Meeting the Challenge, and GED 21st century programs and their role would be great!
Have a wonderful holiday,

Computer Lab

Hi Art, It’s XXXXXXX from the UIUC networking class. I was curious about how everything was going in terms of software setup (hopefully well)….? And I also wanted to get a brief description of the role the three programs play in the cadets education/graduation, etc.  I know we discussed this many times, but I’m doing a final writeup for class and wanted to make sure I had all the details correct. If you could help me out with that, I’d be very appreciative.  So, any info on the ReadOn, Meeting the Challenge, and GED 21st century programs and their role would be great!

Have a wonderful holiday.

Response

Hello,

The software setups for the legacy programs are still an issue, but I managed to find a way for the critical ones to work on individual  computers . . .correctly. Thankfully, all of you helped us out tremendously with the hardware difficulties.

Meeting the Challenge – This program is designed to help with objectives set at the initial enrollment phase and are required to be completed in their entirety BEFORE graduation or the cadet does not successfully graduate the program.

GED 21st Century – used to aid and develop testing skills and increase the overall body of knowledge that is expected of a high school graduate or above. The success of this skill building program enables most of the cadets to pass critical sections of the GED test cycle.

The program Read On enables the students to develop and sustain skills for reading, comprehension and vocabulary. Some cadets have jumped 3 and 4 grade levels in reading test scores after using this software.

I also sent a FAQ which outlines a few more aspects of the program.

Hopefully this helps you out some. Take care.

Art Hughes

Lincoln’s Challenge Academy

Group Communication Summary

November 9th, 2007 by Admin

Group communication occurred face-to-face, via Moodle, by telephone, and through a daily log.  All on-site tasks were recorded in the Lincoln’s Challenge Log allowing our team to work in shifts.  Each shift was then able to efficiently relay messages from the site supervisors as well as resume work where the previous shift left off.
Communication with the site was mainly handled in person after the initial site scheduling was arranged via email.  Throughout the project at least one Lincoln’s Challenge supervisor was available on-site seven days a week.  All questions and concerns regarding the project were addressed verbally as the project progressed.  Since completing our task, email has been exchanged in an effort to check on the status of on-going software issues.  All email communication with the site can be viewed below.

Lincoln’s Challenge Fun!

October 25th, 2007 by Admin

Hey guys,

Just wanted to let everyone know that the cable given to us by Don on Tuesday is quietly nestled in the back right corner of the Prairienet computer lab. There’s a small hand-crafted sign indicating the cable’s ownership and purpose followed by a list of the number of cables we’ll need and what length. Are you all ready to make some cable this weekend? Are you? ‘Cause we are gonna make some serious cable. Oh yeah.

Response

Hey All,

I got to talk to Cassandra briefly today, but I forgot to ask, since i can’t make it tonight, will this weekend’s work also be done in Prairienet?

Project Group Names and Schedules

October 17th, 2007 by Admin

Hi Art,

Here’s a schedule of the times during the week that we are available to come over to Lincoln’s Challenge.

Mon 8:30 am – 12 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Tuesday after 5:30
Thursday after 5:30
Friday afternoon
Saturday – all day
Sunday- all day
We won’t actually be down there during every one of these times, but if some days work better for you than others, let us know and we’ll see if we can coordinate our schedules.
I hope you have a good week, and we’ll see you Friday afternoon!

Response

Thanks.

This schedule is fine. Most of the work will take place when the images  are ghosting.

Choose 5 machines as prototypes. These will be the first tested on the network and should be clearly identified as such.

The work Thursday and Friday will consist of removing all hard disks from the machines and tagging them to their original location.

Obtaining electrical surge protection strips from Grissom Hall storage room.

Making sure all machines can power up and their fans are running.

I will try to get a labeling machine for your group ASAP.

Again . . . thanks!!

Art Hughes

Lincoln’s Challenge Academy

First Contact

October 14th, 2007 by Admin
Hi Mr. Norris,

Also, Martin (Wolske) will be joining us occasionally, so if you could have an identification card made for him as well, that would be great. Sorry for the delay in sending this to you. We just returned from East St. Louis, where we spent a lot of time discussing how we plan on approaching this project. We have typed up a detailed agenda that we plan on sending to you and Mr. Hughes shortly. Several of us are also planning on coming out Tuesday morning (from 8:30 to 11:30), so if you are free and would like to talk to us about any more details in person, Tuesday would be a good time to do that. If that doesn’t work, we should all be there on Friday afternoon, probably sometime around 1 pm.

We look forward to talking to you soon!

The Beginning

September 24th, 2007 by Admin

To see how the LIS 451 class became involvied with Lincoln’s Challenge please see this September 24 document of correspondence between Martin Wolske and Lincoln’s Challenge.