Teach a course for this popular woodworking CNC machine type!
This curriculum uses our proven key
concepts approach, the same approach that has helped thousands of students
learn CNC from our video courses. As with the videos, these key concepts are
broken further into concise lessons. There are 23
lessons in the turning center curriculum.
While we do not completely eliminate the preparation you must do to get
ready to teach, we really minimize it!
Diskettes of Microsoft PowerPoint slide presentations
These diskettes of highly compressed files expand to about 10 megabytes of
highly colorful, illustrative, and attention-getting slide shows. There are
over 1,000 slides in this curriculum. To display these slide shows, we even
include Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer (free distribution copy). However, in order
to modify these slide shows, you must have Microsoft PowerPoint software
(version 4.0 or higher).
We make it as easy as possible to prepare to teach each lesson. Each lesson
plan includes a general description of what must be accomplished and the key
points you must ensure your students understand. Many also offer suggestions
for additional activities right on your CNC machine tools. When feasible, we
also include suggestions for topics to be covered only after students are
really catching on (possibly during a review). At the end of each key concept,
we provide several questions you can ask your class to confirm they understand
the material. The lesson plan also provides approximate presentation times for
This outline gives you a concise way to skim what you will be presenting
during the course. Additionally, they make an excellent quick-reference for
finding the slide numbers in each slide show presentation.
Answers to practice exercises
A complete set of answers is provided to help you grade the practice
exercises you assign.
These tests (one for each curriculum) will help you determine each
student's overall understanding of the subject matter. Answers to the final
test are also provided.
What you'll still need
In order to show the PowerPoint slide presentations to a group of people,
you need the following items.
A computer with Windows 95 (or higher) - Any current model
computer will work. If using a desktop computer, you can easily watch the
monitor of the computer (facing your audience) to see the slide show as slides
are displayed behind you by the projection system. Since the left mouse button
advances the slides, you even have a remote slide advance button (as is
commonly used with a 35 mm slide projector). If portability is an issue, keep
in mind that many of the notebooks and sub-notebooks have ample power to run
the presentation software. However, be careful in your selection. Many
notebooks do not allow you to send data out through the VGA port and see the
slide show on the LCD screen of the notebook at the same time. Without this
ability, you may have to turn around to see your slides, which can be
distracting to your audience.
Microsoft PowerPoint Software (PowerPoint 4.0 was used to create the
slide show) - Though you can display all presentations with PowerPoint Viewer
(included with this curriculum), you will need Microsoft PowerPoint if you
intend to modify the slide shows given in this curriculum. We highly recommend
that you have this ability. This software can be found in any computer store
for a price of about $250.00 (it also comes with Microsoft Office). You will
find this to be a very powerful presentation generating program; one you can
use to develop your own slide shows for other courses (or of course, modify
those in this course curriculum).
A way of displaying the screen show - You have several alternatives
in this regard. All involve using a device that takes data from the VGA port of
your personal computer. First, many schools already have a projection system
that can display information from a personal computer. Basically, anything that
can be shown on the computer screen can be displayed through the projection
system. Second, you can use a device that sits on top of an overhead projector
to display your screen shows. In essence, this device makes a transparency of
what ever is on the display screen of the computer. Third, and especially if
price is a concern, you can use a simple scan converter (about $200.00 -
$300.00) and display your screen show on any television that has a video in
connector (as most do). If you must use the RF connector of the television
(where an antenna plugs in), an RF converter must be purchased. Since there are
so many alternatives for displaying your slide shows, we welcome phone calls
(847) 639-8847 if you have questions about your alternatives.
This curriculum is FREE with your initial textbook order!
Not only will you be teaching with the best state-of-the-art CNC curriculums
in the industry, youll be doing so free of charge! All we ask is that
your school bookstore buys the student manuals from us! With an initial order
of just 20 manuals, well ship the instructors materials free of
charge! All instructor materials (slide shows, PowerPoint Viewer, instructors
manual, and Adobe Acrobat Reader to view/print the manual) come on the cd-rom
disks. Our net price to your school (or bookstore) for manuals is $50.00 each
for the student manual and $14.95 each for each workbook (totaling $64.95 per
set). Future orders can be in any quantity. This cost will be recovered, of
course, as students enroll in your classes and buy the manuals. In essence,
your first 20 students will be paying for the curriculum!