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How to do a class?
« on: July 18, 2012, 08:39:39 PM »
I am going to do some classes but does the group have any set procedures?  I like to provide the lesson on paper for each attendee.  Also how do we approach teaching on hardware?  Do we have the students in to groups to work on the hardware?  For programming how is it handled since I am sure we don't have an available machine for each attendee?  When you do groups it is difficult to make sure that all persons in the group are on the same level.  If they are not you end up with some doing all the work and others getting no chance.
I only have one PIC programming for ICSP but I do have a PIC Start Plus.  I don't use the PIC Start Plus any longer and can donate it. It is serial based so very slow on my programs that use up most of the flash.  ICSP is a gift from heaven ;)
 
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Re: How to do a class?
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2012, 11:18:02 AM »
I manage the calendar and coordinate events for the lab. If you email classes@familab.org, you'll reach a small group of us who typically teach, manage, or are otherwise regularly involved with classes. The process thus far is outlined on the wiki (if you need an account, just ask Chorca or f00bard) here: http://familab.org/wiki/index.php?title=How_to:_Classes,_Workshops_and_Events


The short version is that you just need to fill out the form here and I'll set up the calendar and manage the EventBrite event, if you want/need one: http://familab.org/wiki/index.php?title=How_to:_Classes,_Workshops_and_Events


That or just talk to me. :) As far as hardware, we have a few discounts through Dave's Gadget Emporium (Sparkfun) and Adafruit (also managed by Dave) but both have a minimum order ($300 and $250 respectively). Typically we build hardware costs into the ticket prices and close those tickets a week or two before the event to make sure we can order what we need for the class and have it there in time. We have asked folks to bring their laptops before, and provided loaners as needed. For ICSP with a PIC, you might be able to use the economical Bus Pirate from Dangerous Prototypes along with the PIC programming adapter they sell. I think f00bard was planning on doing a class on those shortly anyways.


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Re: How to do a class?
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2012, 09:45:42 PM »
This programmer works very well and is Pic Kit 2 compatible.    Very Cheap.  But since it only takes a few seconds to program it should be a big deal to share.  I was more curious about space requirements.  The conference room is small so how many laptops and small circuit board can we get on the table and how many people can participate?
 
 
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Re: How to do a class?
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2012, 09:58:14 PM »
We usually cap the Arduino class at 10-15 seats and move the tables into rows to maximize the space. A smaller class size would probably be easier, though.

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Re: How to do a class?
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2012, 11:56:22 PM »
What about taking suggestions for classes or polls?  I have a couple I would love to do but time is often a Luxury.  It would be nice to have an online suggestion box for classes and maybe the ability to poll as well.
 
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Re: How to do a class?
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2012, 01:49:28 AM »
We have a members only "voting booth" forum which we use for polls and the like.  We can also run a poll on the blog but those tend not to get too much traffic.