Chapter 4: Tracking the Tech
- Administer pre- and post-camp inventories. Measuring campers' tech skills is important in gauging campers' skill sets. Surveys could include questions on writing habits and concerns, research skills, or other broadly defined composition and digital skills. Below are examples of pre- and post-camp surveys we have administered.
- Document, document, document. Taking time to record your program in photos, videos, and written documents like blogs and web pages will help in numerous ways, including assessing your program holistically and making a case for tenure and promotion. For example, GRTC 2015 was documented through daily blog posts to the camp website, and photos were taken of both GRTC 2015 and Girlhood Remixed 2013 (see slideshow below).
- Encourage participants to help you document. Images and narratives from your point of view are great, but capturing the voices and perspectives of participants is important for use in future recruitment and planning. It also helps negate bias by embracing a feminist perspective that all voices matter and should be heard. Below are some of the projects created by Girlhood Remixed and GRTC 2015 participants that highlight the important and unique voices of 'tween girls.
- Leverage this documentation. Almost as soon as you are finished with one camp, it is time to start thinking of staffing and funding the next one. Images, videos, and texts created by you and participants are ideal for applying for future grants, attracting volunteers, and as advertising materials for the next camp.