Even though in the beginning I had a rough time the first few months of One Laptop Per Child, I am enjoying the class a lot, and cannot wait until I get to put my knowledge to use on the service trip. The most challenging part was learning how to maneuver throughout the program. It is beginning to become more natural to use Etoys, and have successfully made a few animations and tests. I wanted to join the class because I would not only be able to help children in another country, but also further my skills in technology. I am not the most technologically savvy girl, so this class has been a positive way to become more familiar with computers. I feel like this will give me an advantage on the service trip, because I will be able to anticipate what the children will struggle with. The same problems the children have are probably problems I have on a daily basis. I enjoy spending time with children and find teaching children new things to be so rewarding. Because of what we teach them a child might decide to go into technology as an adult. What we teach them will have an impact on their life. I love the idea of impacting someone’s live in a positive way with knowledge of computers. I am eager to go on the service trip and also learn more about Etoys.
Even though it has only been a few months since I started One Laptop Per Child, I already love the program and working with Etoys! It has been somewhat challenging figuring out how to maneuver around the software, but I have enjoyed learning all of the cool things I can now do on my own including animations and tests. I had some issues with having to reinstall Etoys, which unfortunately deleted all of my work I had done up to that point. This was a bit frustrating, but it also gave me the opportunity to practice my new skills that I had learned. I originally wanted to join the class because of all of the great things I have heard people say about the course. It not only looked fun, but educational as well. I hope I am able to go on the trip to St. John in May so that I can teach the kids there what I have learned over the course of the year. I love children, especially working with them and teaching them new things. I am so excited for the rest of the year in One Laptop Per Child and cannot wait to hopefully be able to teach the children of St. John all of the cool things I have learned!
This year for me is going to be little bit different. I get to work on what I want to do instead of doing the books in Etoys because that is what I already learned. I have been working with Ms. M on getting everyone scheduled for blogging and getting the newcomers bio on the website. I am now working on forming a schedule for when we go down to St. John in the spring. I am also working on getting some of the kids from last year’s trip work in a book for examples. I am looking forward to this year and can’t wait till the trip in the spring to see the kids again.
This year in OLPC, I have been continuing my work with the robot I was trying to set up at the end of last school year. This robot was intended to connect to the XO Laptops through the Etoys program. However, due to some complications with the current robot I am using, I have just been working to make it function independently from the computer. Now that it works well, I will start to use a Lego robot with Etoys, which has a higher probability of actually working. If all goes as planned, by the end of this semester I hope to have set up the Lego robot with Physical Etoys so that this lesson can be incorporated with the other lessons taught in the fourth grade technology classes and maybe even in St. John this May.
I am so excited to begin another year with etoys. This is my third and final year working with etoys and the XO computers. My job this year is to compile all of our books that our previous classes have made and make sure that they are acceptable and are ready for schools and classrooms to use around the world. Coming back from St. John last year was so bittersweet because I enjoyed my time so much and knew that I would not be returning the following year. I hope to take my memories from the trip and put as much knowledge that I have into our books about the Virgin Islands, mathematics, music and art.