Recently in One Laptop per Child, we’ve been wiping old high school laptops and installing Ubuntu on them so the people receiving them will have access to programs similar to Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. The other day in class Ms. Murakami showed us how to switch the hard drives of two computers. This was so that, since there were some computers that were working but would not read the flash drive with the Ubuntu download on it, we could insert a fully functioning hard drive that would read the flash drive and allow us to download the program onto all the computers. This was my favorite part of the class so far, because I got to see the inner workings of laptops similar to those we use every day.
This is my second year being in the One Laptop Per Child class and I am very excited to be back! Last year I took the class all year, but ended up not going on the trip. I really regret not being able to go on the trip and I’m hoping this year I will be able to. The class last year was so much fun and rewarding. We created lessons and worked with Scratch to give students in Kenya a better way to learn about their own health and basic health facts.
I am looking forward to being able to create more ways to teach others whether it be our own 4th graders or people across the ocean. I enjoyed working with Scratch and learned interesting ways to take on a problem and how to solve it. When creating the lesson we had to think in a way someone younger than us does in order to create a good lesson. Working with the younger kids was a lot of fun and it made you rethink on how you approach different topics that they haven’t learned yet. I can’t wait for the rest of the year!
As the new year is still just beginning, the One Laptop per Child class has only met a few times. We discussed Scratch and did a few of the scratch review and debug puzzles on the online version.
The lower school got new laptops this year, so we got the old ones. We are now in the process of cleaning the exterior and making sure they turn on and are not broken. The next step will be to remove windows from the computers and install Ubunto and LibreOffice.
Here's a picture of us working on the computers.