|The K-Net kids learn how computers provide
solutions using a wide range of software
In the foreground - Natalie Mat, Brett Manson, Yair Sappir, Nicholas Caddy
Workgroup Distribution to support K-Net
Workgroup Distribution has pledged its support for K-Net,
the technology network for children and teenagers which provides hands-on experience on
all the major software products.
Workgroup Distribution's Lynn Strathern said the function
provide by K-Net will give immense benefit in terms of computer literacy in the workplace.
"In the long term, it will produce young adults with
excellent computer skills covering a wide range of computer applications. This in turn
will strengthen their post school education and enhance their careers," she added.
"We believe our support of K-Net will further enhance
the organisation's ability to provide a wide range of software for students to
"The list is already impressive and includes products
such as CorelDraw 5, Microsoft Encarta, Microsoft Publisher, PowerPoint and Paint
K-Net managing director Jil Hrdlickza explained that K-Net
already has over 900 registered children and teenagers in Johannesburg alone. We also
provide remote club membership for kids and teenagers countrywide who participate in club
projects every two weeks," she added.
Hrdliczka said course duration is about 12 weeks, running
about one and a half hours a week. She said three-year olds are introduced to computers on
Computer Magic, a computer orientation course done in groups of six, and this is proving
to be highly enjoyable and effective.
"Three-year olds learn very quickly, and it is an
ideal age to start learning how to use a computer as a tool. For older children, we
believe computer education is not merely teaching people to use a spreadsheet or word
"We believe that education must include complete
solutions which incorporate graphics, multimedia, faxing, email and that within this
solutions lies the mastering of a spreadsheet and word processing package."
Kids and teenagers are also given exciting projects which
require them to access information from an encyclopaedia such as Encarta, select the
appropriate topics, and produce their own diagrams and text graphics using PowerPoint.
A publishing package such as Publisher is used to produce
professional looking documents. CorelDraw is used in the graphics and animation courses
and K-Net members learn how to produce professional, print-ready designs.