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These activities are mostly taken from Sharon Bowman's excellent books: The Ten-Minute Trainer and Training From the Back of the Room. For each activity, print out instructions and put them up on a wall. These are ideas and options: don't try and do them all! :)

Warm-up exercises (a week before the workshop)

What you know, and what’s your plan

Send students an email, asking them two of these questions.

Just before the workshop begins

Share your answers

What's in it for me?

What does a developer look like?

The cards are clues to finding developers (e.g. who wrote "Designing for Performance"). The answers are developers who are from groups of people that are underrepresented in tech.

What does an engineer look like?

What makes a good Web App?

Find Your Match

The cards have tech terms on them, such as: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, front-end, Ruby, Rails, Model, View, Controller, MVC. Alternate version: cards have just acronyms: HTML, CSS, JS, MVC, DB, SQL.

Match It Up

The deck contains:

These are in the opening presentation, and students have been using these things during the InstallFest. This activity helps them see how their learning is progressing.

During the workshop

Good, bad, change

This can be for the InstallFest or the workshop in general.

Pass That Card

What Three Things

Take A Stand

Three things about Ruby or Rails

Three most important things

Ending the workshop

Hey, buddy

A SMART goal is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound.