Under the Online Public Access in Libraries (OPAL) Program funding, The Edge took its digital literacy program, Creative Community Computing (CCC) regional, visiting libraries with a series of train-the-trainer workshops.
Touching down in Ayr, Ingham and Dysart in April and May, we tested a pilot program aimed at training local community members and Library staff in ICT self- sufficiency – using recycled computers and free, open source software.
With the challenge of packaging up and delivering 600kg of computers and other bits and pieces taken care of, we travelled to each town to deliver the three-day workshop. Participants learnt how to strip a computer bare, create their own custom operating system, and explore the world of free and open source creative software. We even managed to squeeze in a bit of training on Ayr’s brand new 3D printers, firing them up for the first time with an introduction to 3D printing.
With the pilot workshops complete we’ll be building on our experience and feedback to deliver a complete training package to each community in early 2016. Bundled up, this workshops kit will l include of all the hardware, software, training and communication materials needed to promote and run a CCC workshop locally, supported by a community website released under a Creative Commons license. The CCC program will finally move from an in-house project at The Edge to a resource for the wider Queensland community.