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!