Technology @ Boys and Girls Clubs

“Quiet on the set!” comes the call as the cameras start recording and the action starts. Kids from the Smithville after-school program of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bastrop County, TX are recording videos about their experiences with the program as part of a “Great Futures Start Here” campaign.

The children, ranging from 3rd graders to Junior High, are learning digital videography and editing skills as part of technology courses taught by Technology For All in a partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bastrop County. Along with digital videography, a TFA program specialist has taught courses on Internet Safety and Security, Social Media Safety, Digital Photography, and other technology-related topics.

“Our goal and desired outcome for the use of technology is that youth become more knowledgeable of how to use the Internet and technology safely with the hopes of increasing their academic capacity,” said Prentiss Collins, Interim Director of the club.

Casey Dees, a contract program specialist with TFA that has been working with the club, will help the children compile a 5-7 minute long video presentation. The presentation will be played at fundraising events and posted on the club’s website. A DVD version will be mailed out to donors and interested parties.

“The newly formed partnership with TFA has allowed us to plan and deliver a variety of enhancement activities,” said Collins. “These activities include digital media, game design/development, and Global Positioning Systems (GPS)/Geographical Information Systems (GIS), which will reinforce learning in topics such as reading, writing, geography, math, and science.”

Collins added “As we press forward we also have a common interest in the parents and caregivers of our youth. The plan is that we will offer them training courses that will develop and provide a strong foundation for digital literacy, academic support, and job skills.” Courses offered for parents will include topics such as email basics, time management, family budgets, resume writing/interviewing, and homework help.