Final Week of Computer Camp
This past week we started more specific learning projects. Since this was our last chance to work directly with the kids, we wanted to ensure that they had the necessary skills to document their work. We started small, with the assignment for each child to take a picture of something outside, and we built up to working with video so they could record themselves singing a song or introducing themselves.
On Thursday, the second to last day, we asked the students to build or make something with all the packing materials that came with the XO delivery. Since we had 50 kids playing at one time in two classrooms, this became pretty chaotic. We originally assigned the kids into groups but many decided to work in pairs or by themselves, or decided to loot building materials from a neighboring group. The kids were certainly not afraid to try new things or explore without direction. The results of this learning project were astounding. The kids came up with so many creative uses for the boxes, making cars, drums, towers, fortresses, and hiding places. Then we had the children use their computer to take pictures of what they had done.
On the last day of the camp, the parents gathered in the morning to thank us for everything we have done for their kids. One of the parents even presented us with a gift of eggs, which we very much enjoyed. We showed the parents, teachers, and kids a video that I had compiled of the opening ceremony and took a group picture at the very end. The children love seeing pictures or video of themselves, so this was a real treat for them.
Working with the kids over the past 3 weeks has been amazing! There is so much more to say about our experiences here, but we will back in US soon, so we can share our pictures and videos that we have taken. It is hard to leave this community since we have become so close to this project and all the people involved, but we will still be able to follow the future of this school, its students, and the successes of the computers.
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