Recently in OLPC I have been designing lessons centering around the circulatory, nervous, and respiratory system to be used for teaching the Barbados kids during the upcoming May Program trip. To keep the lessons interesting and fun, I have been exploring different ways I can use Scratch to make them interactive. This way, the kids won’t just be sitting at their computers reading definitions and explanations, but instead actively participating in the lessons. The structure I’ve been using most are multiple choice questions that are still information-rich but allow the kids to participate and require them to remain attentive during the lesson.
These past few weeks we have been working really hard in class to finish up our big projects in scratch. We have been designing lessons that some of our students will use to teach students in Barbados at the end of the year. One class is creating lessons on the countries of the world and my class, small but mighty, are creating lessons to teach about the different systems in the human body. These lessons are being created on Scratch, a program we are all familiar with but this project has really pushed us out of our comfort zone and has challenged us to make it way more advanced then what we learned in our freshmen media class. For me I have been experimenting with using a lot of sprites and transitions, which all though can be difficult to keep track of which commands go with which sprite, has showed me that it is possible and can have a really cool effect. Oddly enough, working on this project is extremely relaxing for me and I love classes where I can put my headphones in and just get to work on my project. I’m looking forward to seeing how all of our projects turn out!
This week in One Laptop Per Child we are continuing our continent projects. We only have a few classes left and everyone’s projects are really coming together! We also started exploring the XO laptops that we will be using in Barbados. The software is awesome, and we even got apps on our phones that help us explore XO further. So far class has been going really well and I think everyone is learning a lot. Programming these continent lessons takes a lot of patience, but I’m really excited that these are going to help people learn. It is a very rewarding experience!