I start with Netbook Basics as my first tech badge because my students need a solid understanding of how their main piece of technology works before they can do anything else. For this badge the students review all the parts of the netbook so they know what everything does, they also must know the proper name for everything. There are no “do-hickeys” or “thing-a-bobs,” they must use the correct name. It is so much easier when a student comes and asks me for a VGA cable instead of; “You know that thing that connects to that other thing.”
Students also learn the Netbook Rules, so that we can minimize damage and mis-use.
Although students would love to jump into filmmaking, first they need to know how to run what they already have.
-Brad Flickinger, tech teacher, Bethke Elementary