Throughout this school year, the OLPC class has worked on several different projects using our new knowledge of Etoys. Now that we have mastered the basics, we are working on using the program to create books to educate developing countries on HIV and AIDS. Once we have completed these books, they will be put online for people all over the world to access and learn from. The global aspect of this class is one of the things that truly excites me. OLPC differs greatly from other classes offered at CSG because it not only educates the students, but it also allows the students to become teachers themselves. Later this week and in the beginning of next month, in preparation for the teaching we will do in St. John, we will be teaching the fourth grade classes at CSG how to use Etoys. The goal is that these classes run smoothly and that we are able to learn what teaching methods work with the younger kids and which ones need to be modified. This is the first year I have been part of OLPC, and I cannot wait to be again be a part of it in the upcoming years.
As we continue to work throughout this semester we have separated some from learning Etoys and are now working more on the teaching aspect of our class. We have been planning the lessons we are going to give to fourth graders and it is very exciting. We will use all of our knowledge that we have gathered throughout first semester to then try and teach others this new program. This planning is getting me even more excited for the trip to St. John that is coming up in May. I love teaching other people and working with kids so the combination is one I am very enthusiastic about! I am so glad I got to take this class and so grateful for all that I am learning!