[Design-team] Inkscape Course for Jr. High Students

Nicu Buculei nicu_fedora at nicubunu.ro
Thu Oct 29 08:55:25 UTC 2009

On 10/29/2009 06:59 AM, Máirín Duffy wrote:
> My Red Hat office, the Boston office, is going to be doing a program
> with a local middle school / jr. high (students are 11-14 I think) and
> I'm going to be teaching a 9 session (45 minutes a piece) course in
> Inkscape to the students. We are trying to introduce the students to the
> concept of free software&  open content licenses such as Creative
> Commons, plus teach them how to use this useful tool that might help
> them in their academic career.

Super cool! I am jealous...

> I'm trying to put together a lesson plan for the course. But I fear that
> it moves way too fast, especially for 45-minute sessions. I know many of
> you, I am sure, have given Inkscape tutorials to other folks, and I am
> wondering if any of you would have time to give me advice or even help
> me develop the lesson plan.

This sound like fun.

Here are a few notes on your initial plan:

- Session 1: I think you jump a bit too soon to tracing bitmpas, which 
is somewhat an advanced function (all the exercises are about tracing). 
I would start more on basic objects and compositions made with basic 
objects, for a better understanding on what vector graphics are. More 
focus on original creations.

- Session 2: maybe here is a great time for  something based on tatica's 
awesome tutorial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_G0pQjfqfGM

- Session 8 and 9 are in my opinion a bit too advanced for your target 
audience (inner working of printing is not for everyone). Maybe instead 
some graphics for use on web?

Also, I would have liked somewhere a bit about free drawing and the 
calligraphic tool.

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