Moso pa moso, zwazo fe nich li.
Piece by piece, the bird makes its nest.
I have a few traditional proverbs I whip out whenever I want to sound authentically Haitian, and this is one I’ve been using a lot lately when I talk about the new curriculum I’ve been developing to be used with our XO programs here.
The goal is to lay out how the kids will progress with the computers over three months, assuming class meets twice a week for two hours. Each week, there’s a project to complete to apply what they’ve learned.
The first nine weeks are written, posted, and ready for your input here.
Thanks for your help to make this the best it can be, for kids and schools throughout Haiti and hopefully even beyond.
The twelve weeks are divided into four sections that each last three weeks: Base, Explore, Extend, and Create. Classes move from more structure to less as the kids become more comfortable with the computers. Midway through the course, the kids choose their specialty: either Art, Music, or Science. Through the rest of the course they work in small groups on projects related to that specialty. The last three weeks are dedicated to completing a final project.
More specifics on the program:
In the Base weeks, the kids are introduced to the computers. They master the essentials by working with Activities like Record, Paint, and Chat.
In the Explore weeks, the kids get to try out tools the computers offer for drawing, music, and research. Each week is dedicated to exploring one of the three.
In the Extend weeks, the kids work on material specific to their specialty (Art, Music, or Research) in small groups while also collaborating with the rest of the class on projects such as making a newspaper. The final week invites guest teachers such as electricians or professional musicians to share their expertise with the kids.
In the Create weeks, the kids prepare a final project to demonstrate all that they have learned over the course.