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I'm after some ideas.....
One of the 6th Formers at the school where I work has asked if I can help him out with his Gold DofE skills section by being his Assessor (basically giving him tasks and prodding him along the way to develop his skills in a certain area). He's asked me as he wants to develop his skills in "computer networking" - the general term we gave for anything and everything to do with computers and networks.
Now I have some general ideas for topics to cover but he has to do this for 2 hours a week over 12 months!!
So I was wondering if you guys can suggest some topics/ideas/subjects that we can cover? I'd like to make it a mix of research and practical experience (as much for my benefit as well as his).
Any help given will be much appreciated
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Suggest you look through the Cisco Networking Academy info at Schools and Instructors - Cisco Networking Academy - Cisco Systems
The course outlines and sample materials will give you a good idea of what he could cover:
IT Essentials: PC Hardware and Software might be the best one covering an overview of computer fundamentals and an introduction to advanced concepts. There is a data sheet showing what it covers and you might know a Cisco Academy in your area where you might be able to have sight of some of the coursework materials.
I have no experience of delivering or using the Cisco School Academy programme, but we took on a Junior Technician who had got this qualification at his local 16+ college and it was a good start for him
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Give him an old desktop and a few different os disks and set him tasks - install windows and create and configure a domain (don't plug it into the network), install linux and setup apache mysql and build something webbased which could be of use?
As far as I know I'm still a registered DoE instructor/assesor/supervisor (not that I have read the latest manual) and I totally agree, you want an established framework to validate against, it makes it really easy to confirm and verify. I would suggest actually prepping them and making them (if possible) do the cert at the end of the learning period as a nice third party proof which they (the assessor) can easily sign off on with your written testimony that they have indeed spent a bunch of time (as spec'ed by the manual) doing the learning and assessment.
Robz (6th January 2012)
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