Teacher Training Begins

July 8, 2009 at 6:10 pm 3 comments

Today we had our first day of teacher training with the XOs. After school, 5 teachers from Lova Soa School and 1 teacher from St. Paoly’s gathered in our living room to check the computers out. Since we still don’t have the 100 XOs that will be staying here, we have been using our personal XOs for demonstration. The training went well; the teachers seem very excited and curious about the laptops. Once we overcame the initial difficulties with using the mouse, we generally let them explore the various activities, helping them if they were stuck or needed an explanation. Right now we’re focusing on getting the teachers comfortable with the laptops themselves with no pressure to immediately apply the activities they’ve learned to the classroom setting. We easily achieved our goal of having a fun experience for the teachers. They loved the games on the XO, explored Paint, and laughed at the noises of TamTamJam, a basic music composition program.

In the midst of our teacher training, there was a minor distraction. An obvious rat infestation in our kitchen caused considerable concern, but luckily Sean quickly attacked with our broom to ensure our group’s safety in the living room. It was more awesome than it sounds.

The teachers left after a little over an hour, but have promised to come back tomorrow to learn more. In the future, we hope to focus on more complex activities, like Scratch, a basic computer programming activity. We also think that things will move more quickly once we have the XOs, and can let the teachers take them home at night to explore on their own.

In other news, customs issues look like they are finally getting resolved, and we should have some basic power infrastructure at Lova Soa so that the XOs can charge by the end of this week.



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Salamah, Tompo Waiting and Working

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Wayan  |  July 9, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Did you check to see if the XO is rat attack resistant? I would think it could be used as a club in last resort.

    • 2. samy  |  July 9, 2009 at 4:27 pm

      I experienced once that the power cords are’nt cat resistant at all! I am afraid, there is nothig to do in order to prevent such attacks.

  • 3. Bryan Stuart  |  July 14, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    It’s great to hear you’ve started with teacher training. I’d love to read more about the school, teachers, and infrastructure there!

    Hope all is well.



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