Computer Club Moves Forward: Awesome!

Child in Hand’s teacher at Mission of Hope, Grand Goâve, Haiti is working so well with his classes! This week’s report shows us many advances since our departure last week.
Here we see Junior Monrose with his students, selecting the first prize winner for a computer project.
Sept13-2013JuniorAndStudentsSelectWinner-1Joseph Peterson’s XO project was selected for the very first award to be given. His work was chosen from ten submissions.

Sept13-2013FirstProjectPrizeWinnerOnly recently have students had access to materials for independent research. Here they are looking at books and information on their soccer heroes.

Sept13-2013Using-the-libraryIt was just last week that a newspaper project was begun.

A Newspaper Lesson Plan
Talk to kids about the differences between print and online newspapers.
(Online papers are better for the environment, can be read by people all over the world, plus last much longer than print papers which are usually quickly thrown away. )
Pick a name for your school newspaper! Ours was named Vwa Timouyo (Voice of the Kids)
Talk about what makes up a newspaper story.
Headline.
Photo.
Photo caption.
Written by
Text of the story or interview.
Talk about the newspaper interview and ask the kids what questions they should ask.
Here are some suggestions.
What is your name?
How old are you?
What is your favorite thing to do?
What do you hate doing?
What’s the funniest thing you have ever seen?
What question you have always wondered about?
What do you want to do when you grow up?
Talk about the importance of getting permission first before you do the interview.
Then have the kids divide in groups of two and then interview and take pictures of each other.  (If there are paper and pencils available, make small reporters notebooks for the kids!)
Have the students write newspaper articles based on their interviews and photographs. Then interview others, at home or in town. (Making sure to thank them for their time)
When they are finished save the newspaper articles as PDFs and send the best ones  to <holt@unleashkids.org>
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Since our departure, the Club has taken the basic ideas and expanded on them! The kids prepared for an interview with the town’s Mayor! Considering the killing earlier this year (http://www.haitinews509.net/en/2013/05/haiti-insecurity-attack-against-the-mayor-of-grand-goave-myril-jackson-his-body-guard-killed/) it’s amazing they’re taking mayorial journalism so seriously… with an open heart, as only kids can do.
Here the students wait in the park for the Mayor’s arrival.
Sept13-2013WaitingForMayor
Well, as sometimes happens, something prevented Monsieur le Maire from showing up. Everyone was told that the interview may be possible next week. Time will tell!
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One Response to Computer Club Moves Forward: Awesome!

  1. Alice Jordon says:

    Sure hope the kids get their interview!

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