The Laptops Finally Arrive!

July 27, 2009 at 12:26 pm 4 comments

At last, we have 100 XO computers for the children of Loava Soa. The computers were delivered to us in Ambhatoharanana by a DHL truck that managed to make it through the rough roads from the capital, Antananarivo. Late last week we got the final okay from the government finance office that the shipment would not be taxed. Kate and I were able to met with the director in his office, and show him pictures of the XO and the OLPC website, which interested him. The paperwork and maze of offices were difficult to get through, but once we had an opportunity to talk directly to people in the government offices we had much more success.

We also got the computers just in time as our formal week-long teaching training camp begins tomorrow. We will finally be able to give each teacher their own personal XO which they can take home to experiment with activities independently of our sessions. I think this will be an important opportunity to communicate our
constructionist methodology; we want them to learn by doing so that they’ll teach the kids in the same manner.

Since there was such a massive delay in getting the XOs, we have to catch up on all the technical work we’d planned to do earlier. In addition to our 3 hours of teacher training this week, we’ll hopefully set up the school server and access points, and update the XOs to the most recent version of Sugar, the operating system.

We only have about a month left but we have an enormous amount of work ahead of us. Luckily, we’re finally to the exciting part: actually giving these computers to the eager children at Loava Soa!

-Mary

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Wayan  |  July 27, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Woohoo! Congrats on making the shipment happen.

    Reply
  • 2. Bryan Stuart  |  July 28, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    I’m thrilled that you finally have the laptops. Good luck with teacher training!

    Reply
  • 3. Susie Buckwald  |  July 29, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Hooray !! Finally!
    Now you can do what you went there to do!
    Can’t wait to hear how the kids and the teachers
    do with training.

    Reply
  • 4. Stella  |  July 31, 2009 at 12:33 am

    Congratulations! You’ve certainly earned it! I’m sure the teachers will be just as excited as you are to finally take home computers. 🙂

    Reply

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