Learn how IT instructor Trent Stokes creates portable lab carts to reach more of his students. He uses virtual lab courseware to design the physical labs, allowing his students to have hands-on practice. Trent will explain what each cart includes, how he uses them in a traditional classroom and the setup and maintenance of the carts.
In the attached Zip File (below and here), you will find several of the resources Trent mentions in his presentation. After sharing these resources with TestOut, Trent added the following information:
As I've mentioned before, I won't be sharing all of our labs. It's not really worth my time to take a screenshot of canvas and download and save the files we have. Besides, someone else's work and the equipment they use will not be useful. Additionally we are editing several of our labs because they are outdated. The key to a good lab is to keep it updated. I will list all of the labs we use so someone can go and create their own lab if they want to do a lab covering that topic. I will share some labs so others can see how they were written which they are welcome to use or modify. Some labs consist of videos we have created to demonstrate how to do a lab which will not be included.
I want to talk about how we came about our labs first, to hopefully help others generate ideas for new labs. So here goes.
In chapter 1 of PC Pro it covers windows basics (in section 1.3), linux basics (1.4) and Mac basics (1.5). Most students are already familiar with Windows, plus almost all of TestOut is windows based so it will be covered. Linux is covered briefly here but we created our own Linux class, so students will learn more about it in another class where they have labs and work in the command line. Mac is covered briefly here, so we added more hands on labs and instruction so the students become more familiar with it. We used to have our own Mac Essentials class as well but decided that some hands-on labs in the PC Pro class would be sufficient. We have a lab (Intro to Mac) that goes over the Menu bar, the dock, launchpad, finder, mission control, system preferences, utilities, short cuts, time machine and trash. We go through each of those areas in detail and explain what's in them and how to use them. We have created our own videos and instructions on all the aspects of a Mac and how to use them. The student has a lab in each of the areas that they need to submit. A screenshot of what they did is usually sufficient enough. We are adding more labs into the "Mac" section as we speak.
That is how we came up with labs and how we continue to come up with them. We go through each section of each chapter of TestOut and try to see if there is a hands-on lab that would be good to go with it.
Here is a list of all the labs we have in PC Pro (as of 9/28/20):
Intro to Mac
PC Tools Checklist (Attached)
Power Supply Testing (2 documents Attached)
Mobo Walkthrough (Mobo = motherboard)
Install CPU/RAM (attached)
Thermal paste (attached - but not the 3 videos)
Partition & RaidPC Teardown
Laptop Teardown (video and lab)
Virtual Machine (install a linux machine in virtual box)
Command Line File Mgmt
Ethernet Cable Test (student makes a cable following step by step instructions, watches a video on how to use a cable tester, then tests the cable they made)
Network Commands (attached)
Securing Networks (this is two labs; securing a wired network and securing a wireless network. It also has a video demonstration with it. This lab requires additional equipment)
Build a Virtual Computer
Attached is our PC Tools Checklist. The students have to find and identify each tool. A simple lab to get the students to know the names of each tool. A later lab explains how and when to use a tool (such as the cable tester or toner/ probe). With each lab the students are required to answer a question or take a screenshot to submit to show proof of completion. Hopefully these labs will help others know what labs they can create.
Here is a list of all the labs we have in Network Pro as of 9/28/20):
Networking Tools lab
Patch Panel Connection
Testing a patch cable
Demarc/ IDF/ MDF walk through
Intro to Packet Tracer
Trouble shooting Physical Infrastructure (2 seperate labs - troubles include: use a bad patch cable, punch one end (patch panel) to T568A standard and the other end (jack) T568B, reconfigure the switch, turn ports off in switch)
Ping Network Device
DHCP troubleshooting 1
DHCP troubleshooting 2
Packet Tracer labs
-Cisco CLI modes diagram
-Cisco commands review (reference card)
-Basic switch configuration
-Download and install putty
-Configure & troubleshoot network
-Firewalls and DMZ file in Packet tracer
Intro to AWS video
AWS Cloud networking (labs are done on AWS. Costs money)