Kyle’s Journey in Armenia

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Koghb Art School

Activities Description:
I conduct weekly hour-long lessons on various computer applications to upper-level art students. Topics of instruction have included Corel Draw, Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia Flash, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Microsoft FrontPage, and Adobe Premier. The students are becoming more involved with a local business support NGO and have expressed the desire to study web-site design and implementation. In addition to case-studies and hands-on lessons, we have begun consulting with various local businesses to understand the project cycle for web-site design. Students have also been using the International Computer Drivers License CD being tested by Peace Corps.

Teaching at the Art School

Outcomes (changes in knowledge, attitude, skills, or behaviors):
Two of the students are now working with a local NGO, Support For Noyemberyan, to make small web-sites for four small businesses in and around Noyemberyan. They are very proactive in trying the new technologies they are using, and are always asking questions and wanting to learn new things. Their attitude towards technology has changed very much over the past 6 months, and it is possible they will pursue technology in the form of video production, graphics or Internet technology as a career. Their excitement has instilled interest amongst their peers and it is our goal in my next year to help them establish an Internet connection and a small computer lab, as well as additional self-taught classes at the Art School.

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