For the past couple classes, we have been working on making a maze. At first, the process was a little confusing but as we spent more time working on it, it made more sense. Our mazes started pretty simple but we have made many advances. For example, we added a timer that at the end will tell you how long it took you to finish the maze and added sound when you complete the maze. After the couple classes we have had, I'm feeling pretty excited to continue working hard and learning new things every class. I am excited to see improvements and work through challenges that we might encounter.
I’ve spent the past few weeks finishing up Etoys lessons from last year while newer students get caught up. We’re working on developing animations and activities for the lesson on Careers in Law so that students across the globe will know what these jobs entail.
I came into this year with experience, knowing that I had loved my previous experience of OLPC, but not really knowing what this year would hold. After not traveling last year, I wasn’t sure I got the full experience, but I loved what I did do. This year, though, I’m excited to start more in-depth work helping create “internet –in- a-box” which will help not only to educate people in remote areas without access to internet, but also help to provide students even in advanced education systems with distraction-free internet.
Since I have taken the class three times, there wasn’t any more lessons or learning that I could do. Ms. Murakami and I met to discuss what I should do for class. Instead of working on etoys or scratch, I am working on fixing the XO laptops. So far, I have fixed a computer that’s color was broken and I’ve reimaged 4 other computers.
We are just now getting back into all of our regular classes, but part of the beauty of One Laptop Per Child is that it doesn’t follow a normal semester schedule. This past summer, I had the amazing experience of traveling to Axim and Cape Coast, Ghana with my dad to bring and teach technology to high school and elementary school students. With the help of Mrs. Murakami and several other contacts, I spent the months leading up to my trip designing my curriculum and the technology that I would be installing at the schools in Ghana. I used an online crowdfunding site to raise nearly $10,000 to purchase this technology, including nine XO-4 laptops and three Internet-in-a-Box systems, which are essentially digital libraries that grant access to sites such as Wikipedia, Open Street Maps, Project Gutenberg, Khan Academy videos, and more in locations that do not have access to the regular Internet. To hear more about my travels and adventures, you can read my blog at http://technologyforghana.weebly.com/. I do not know what this year of OLPC will hold for me, but I am excited to continue my work in any way that I can!