technology network for kids and teenagers
WELL known educator
Jil Hrdliczka has opened a technology network where
kids and teenagers between the ages of 4 and 17
learn how to make computers work for them.
Known as K-Net, the
environment represents a breakthrough in education
and entertainment for children which is unique in
It is based on a
concept which differs fundamentally from computer
literacy and computer based training courses.
knows no age," says Hrdliczka. "We group
children according to interest and experience but we
make learning a fun experience for each child by
letting them discover computers at their own
individual pace. We minimise theoretical input in
favour of action and creativity."
the atmosphere of K-Net is purposely informal, a
formal infrastructure is behind everything the
children learn. "Supervision is unobtrusive. We
don't teach lessons. We mentor projects which allows
children to constantly achieve results."
programmes cover computer skills which are essential
for children in today's technology driven age.
basic computing, we also work with graphics,
animation, programming, multimedia, creative
writing, publishing, and music and digital video.
It's a new way of life."
Hrdliczka says that
the focus is on children learning how to make
technology work for them. "They apply practical
knowledge to entertainment, research, broadening of
general knowledge, projects, summarising,
development of life skills, and reinforcing concepts
taught at school."
talent development and mini business programme is
geared towards giving young people skills in
programming, building and repairing PCs, and
publishing. "We take the concept of making
computers work for you to its ultimate, by giving
young people experience in using their skills to
K-Net also provides a
meeting place where children network, exchange ideas
and make new friends. Hrdliczka says that working
with other children of similar interests and
experience develops each child's self-confidence and
nurtures a positive attitude to learning.
"Above all, we
provide a stimulating, motivating, exciting and safe
environment. We run programmes all day, over
weekends and during holidays."
The K-Net mentors are
computer industry specialists who share their
knowledge and experience to provide increasingly
sophisticated levels of interaction. Young people
continually develop, never running out of fresh and
exciting learning opportunities. No expense has been
spared in the equipment used at K-Net Programmes are
run on brand new 486 DX units with 8MB RAM.