OLPC has not been anything like I expected it to be. Going into the class I was technologically lost. Yes, initially it was difficult to figure out what all the buttons mean, but after writing lesson after lesson I finally got a hang of things. Currently I am working on the AIDS project, which we will send to schools in Africa. The question I was given was: How do you live as a child with aids? Are there any restrictions? We all are working on a section and then in the end we will combine our work into one giant book. I still can’t wrap my mind around the fact that what I am writing will not only be played by young children, but also help them to live a healthier life. Even though I am not going on the service trip, I have taken so much away from OLPC. I have thoroughly enjoyed the class because it has brought me closer to my grade and because I am making a difference in someone’s life.
Recently in one laptop we have been working on our HIV/AIDS books as well as teaching the fourth graders how to use Etoys. Regarding the fourth graders, I have really enjoyed teaching them what I have learned so far this year; especially because I am interested in pursuing a career in teaching later on. The teaching experience also reiterated all that we have learned and reinforced all of our new skills. For me, this helped me to relearn some of the tasks I had forgotten from earlier in the year. Although I will not be traveling to St. John, this activity will be extremely helpful to those who are and act as excellent practice for teaching the students at the schools they will be visiting. Regarding the AIDS books, I really enjoy creating the informative activities because I know that my project will help to educate someone over this serious epidemic. I believe I speak for my entire class when I say that it makes all of our work worth it knowing that it is going to help teachers, children, and families all over the world.
The One Laptop per Child class has recently been assisting the fourth grade class in learning Etoys, and it has been a wonderful experience for multiple reasons. First, we have enriched our Etoys skills; teaching the fourth graders has helped us better learn the program for ourselves. When you teach a subject, you must know it thoroughly and completely for yourself. After teaching the fourth graders only twice, I feel that I have a significantly greater understanding of Etoys. Secondly, this experience will also be very beneficial for the students traveling to St. John, as they will have a similar experience teaching there. Teaching others is truly a special skill that can only be learned with experience, and the students in OLPC certainly now have this experience.