James, Sora, and Junior had a busy four days at Mission of Hope, Intl teaching the kids some XO tricks (James prefers the word “skills”). What did we do exactly?
Monday, July 29:
- Kids interview each other and make music videos using the Record activity.
- Advanced level: Introduction to game programming in Scratch.
Tuesday, July 30:
- Kids split up into teams. Each team creates a flag using the Paint activity.
- Kids learn to play “Lean on Me” and “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” with the XO keyboard using the TamTamMini activity.
- Kids go around a circle adding more to a story recorded using the Write activity.
Wednesday, July 31:
- Children learn to create story diagrams and mind maps using the Labyrinth activity
- Advanced level: Continuing game programming and animation in Scratch, basic eToys lesson.
Thursday, August 1:
- Children learn to write, draw and lay out newspaper articles using the Newspaper activity.
- More advanced: Continuing Scratch programming.
Overall, it has been a very busy week, with three two-hour classes every day and many of the students coming to two or three classes per day!
The challenges we faced:
With each kid attending multiple classes, we had to plan three times as many lessons.
The laptop touchpads often have problems, and the 1GB of space available is not a lot to work with (especially when the kids want to make a video documentary every class)
Each class had a mix of skill levels and ages, meaning we had to cater to both the kid who is just learning to click and the one who’s ready to start making a basic video game.
The kids are more comfortable with games and easy-to-figure-out Activities like Paint and Record, and it can be difficult to persuade them to branch out sometimes.
We quickly realized that our goal this week would not be to create content (something you can easily do with just the camera in the Record Activity) but to show the kids how to do more things with their laptops.
The kids quickly learned many brand new activities: Scratch, Etoys, Labyrinth, Newspaper, etc. The teachers also learned how to use and teach these new activities.
The kids (and teachers) realized new uses for old activities, for example, using TamTamMini to play melodies of popular songs.
- The kids began to realize that a lot of people are supporting their education and are curious about what they’re up to.
We gave the Newspaper activity a shot today. They put together a “Journal Mission of Hope” using writing, drawing and layout skills. We could definitely spend many more days on this, but it’s a good start!
A first attempt at the Newspaper activity.
In addition to our own reflection today, we also gave the kids a chance to tell us what they like and don’t like about working on the XOs. Here’s what they had to say:
by Jorday Laguerre