Skill Tech: Basic Training
Skill Tech is a hands-on program that appeals to members of all ages and technical abilities. Through three levels of animated lessons (available in English or Spanish exclusively online at www.bgcayouthnet.org) for members and instructor-led group activities, members learn skills in various Microsoft software programs, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher and Digital Image Pro. Funded by Microsoft Corporation.
Skill Tech II
Skill Tech II teaches advanced, yet practical technology skills to Club members. It features three eight-session modules (available in English or Spanish exclusively online at www.bgcayouthnet.org) for beginner, intermediate and advanced skill levels. Participants learn about hardware identification and installation, networking and technology-related careers. Funded by Microsoft Corporation.
Youth Net is a secure intranet for Boys & Girls Club members dedicated to promoting youth development outcomes; fostering inter-Club collaboration; expanding Club resources; and empowering youth as content developers and monitors of their online community.
NetSmartz, a comprehensive program from BGCA and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, teaches members Internet safety skills through engaging multimedia activities and offline interaction with Club professionals, in three age-appropriate modules: Clicky’s Web World for 6- to 7-year-olds, NetSmartz Rules for 8- to 12-year-olds and I-360 for 13- to 18-year-olds.
Animate Your World
Animate Your World: Shaping Character is a fun, innovative and unique CD-ROM program designed by the Cartoon Network. The program provides members with the tools they need to create their own custom animation using positive character traits and behaviors learned through the countless activities and resources found on the CD-ROM. Animate Your World will help staff incorporate character education and computer skills into their Club programs.
Web Tech introduces members to the principles and practice of Web design and development. Members begin by creating simple, one-page sites with text and ClipArt images, and advance to building more robust sites with page links, graphics, text and sound. Along the way, they learn important design lessons about page layout, color choice and graphic weight.
Members learn artistic concepts and technology skills to create professional-quality print materials and animation. By the time members complete the program, they have developed logos, posters, animation and other materials requiring the expertise of a graphic artist.
Members take digital photos, explore the effects of distance and angle, and learn about photo composition. They also learn digital photo manipulation, from basic photo editing tasks, such as cropping and adjusting color and light, to advanced projects that require image filters and layering, such as creating CD cover art or photographic “hoaxes.”
Members explore a variety of digital music software applications and basic music theory. They learn to write sheet music, mix musical loops, and compose and record original songs.
Movie Tech contains detailed instructor materials for teaching members to write screenplays, and for facilitating the hands-on process of filming and editing digital movies.