This is my first year doing OLPC, and even though I’m not able to travel this year, I have enjoyed working on the projects and knowing that they will be beneficial to someone, somewhere. Right now we are working on lessons about HIV/AIDS, and even though this is a tough topic to deal with sometimes, it means a lot to me that I’ve been given the opportunity to educate children and teach them that even though someone is sick, you can still be there to support and care for them. Although it has only been a few months, this program has already taught me a lot about independence. Working on the projects has given me a better idea of how to manage my time, and keep up on things.
This is my first year involved in OLPC. I signed up for this class because I was excited by the opportunity to incorporate technology,
teaching/learning, and service into one class. So far I have had a great time in the class from learning how to code, draw, and make games on Etoys and taking that knowledge and creating my own book. I also had lots of fun when one day in class we took the XO laptops apart and put them back together again. Even though I am not going to be able to travel to St. John in May I still have had so much fun in the class, have learned a lot and am really happy that I decided to take it. I believe that this has been, and will continue to be throughout the rest of the year, a great opportunity that most people do not have.
This is my first year in OLPC and I am thoroughly enjoying it. We are now in the second semester of the class, and I am excited to see what comes next as we are slowly approaching our trip to St. John in May. The first semester we learned how to work Etoys and created our own books. Even though this brought on a few challenges, it was rewarding to see the results of all our hard work! Etoys is a fun program to learn and I can’t wait to teach the kids in St. John everything I have learned in OLPC. I decided to take this class because of all the great things I have heard about it. I heard what a great experience this is and I love children, so it sounded like the perfect fit for me! I can’t wait for the rest of the year in OLPC and get more excited every day to share everything I have learned with the kids in St. John.
This is my first year doing One Laptop Per Child, and I love it so far. Learning how to use Etoys has not always been easy, but my biggest challenge so far has been the drawing (art is not my best subject). I do feel, however, that my grasp has expanded a lot, and it will be much easier for me going into second semester. It’s been fun learning about all the different things you can do with Etoys. This year, we also did the Hour of Code project, learning how to write code for our own animations and becoming just a few of the 21,019,331 people who participated. Although I participate on the Robotics team, I haven’t had to learn how to code yet. Needless to say, I’m really glad I did. I’m also really excited to travel to St. John in May and teach the kids there what I’ve been learning. This course offers a combination of things that is very unique: I am learning, traveling, and teaching, and all of that is pretty cool.
This is my first year in OLPC and I’m already ready to sign again next year! Even though my class is in the morning and sometimes it’s hard to focus at 8 am, OLPC is always something I look forward to. So far, it has been pretty great to work with other students on our books. I think it is a good class to be in because it’s great to know that something so small could make a huge difference in someone else’s life. This class not only teaches you about computers, but also about the kids in other societies that really need our help to learn. I feel great being involved in this service program and am super excited to actually put our hard work into real life situations in St. John!
This is my first year in OLPC and I’m enjoying every moment of it! I think this program is very beneficial in our understanding of computer programing and in our understanding of service. Today, more and more companies are using computers and therefore need more people who know who to use them. This class teaches us the fundamental basics of computer programming which will ultimately help us survive in this technology invested society. The best part about this program is the fact that we get to teach students in unprivileged areas the basics of Etoys. Etoys will help students who don’t have access to computers to understand how to use a software program. From the service trip to St. John, I will gain the appreciation for service and the ability to work with others. Despite these benefits, I think that in the OLPC class, we should practice more complicated problems so that we are prepared to teach the kids. It is quite amazing to think that the things that we are going to teach the kids are the things we are learning now. We should be doing things that are harder than the things that we are going to teach because we will have a better understanding of Etoys if we are challenged. However, overall OLPC has taught me a lot about working with others and working with computers.
When I signed up for One Laptop per Child, I was somewhat concerned about my ability to use computer software, and if I would struggle through the entire time. However, I was so pleasantly surprised at how this class has been going. The dynamic of the class has allowed me to work with other students to teach them or be taught by them. I feel that this is great preparation for the upcoming service trip. This opportunity has been great to not only work on new things and learn so much about Etoys. It is also amazing to know that the work I am doing, that I have fun doing and learning, is going to benefit other people. I am so glad that I decided to take OLPC, and I am looking forward to the trip in May as well!
This is my first year in One Laptop per Child and I am thrilled to be a part of this opportunity. I am especially excited because this project integrates my love of drawing, technology, and service into one. I really have enjoyed coming up with different activities for my book as well as drawing the images that appear in it. While Etoys is somewhat confusing, I feel that I now have a basic understanding of how to maneuver the software. This is my first time using a program like this, and I find it fun to learn different skills like how to create an animation, test, or game. My favorite aspect of OLPC, however, is that all of our work with the Etoys software is for a meaningful purpose. I hope to be able to travel to St. John this May and share what I have learned with the elementary school students; I believe that the gift of a laptop and various lesson plans will benefit the students greatly and may make a large impact on their lives. I am grateful to be a part of this project and am very excited about the year to come.
Here's a screen shot of one of the pages in my book:
One Laptop Per Child has been awesome. Although, I have been experiencing some technical issues. The whole program was so hard to figure out. I had to remember a lot of steps just to finish an easy task. I also am really bad at drawing. Thank goodness you can trace. We actually just learned how to do this. We also just learned about books and making them. I am making mine right now. I am trying to make mine in a cartoon way so the kids will like it more and will actually want to watch. I cannot wait to visit St. John! I am really excited about working with the kids and teaching them about etoys. Right now I am not ready to teach them, obviously, because I just starting learning myself. I think the kids will really love this program, because it’s pretty much games, but learning at the same time. I’m pretty jealous, because this program is so fun. I really cannot wait!
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.