Most recently in One Laptop Per Child we have been getting our old school computers ready to send to children in Africa to use, which I think is super cool that we can have an impact in a place so far and foreign to us. Our past class we started working on Scratch games to teach to the younger kids. I found this extremely interesting because I did not realize the critical thinking it takes in order to really develop something young kids can process and understand. We prepared questions that we could/would ask the kids, and it was really cool to know you are helping make an important impact in all these foreign countries, and I think that’s what makes this class so special is that we’re doing something bigger than all of us.
So far in One laptop per child we have downloaded Ubuntu onto cleared laptops so we can send them to a school in a different country. We were changing the language to Amharic which was very interesting because I have never seen that language before. So far, my favorite thing has been clearing the laptops and making them almost new because it was awesome to see them not go to waste. My overall impression so far is very good. I like that while we are learning something new, we are also getting to help others learn it as well which makes it more fulfilling. Its definately proven to be difficult but we have had success thus far.
Right now in One Laptop per Child, we are planning to teach the Fourth graders coding through Scratch. We are setting up our lesson plan and I am very excited to teach them because they are most of our little sisters. I think it is great that we are teaching coding at a young age, because coding is the language of the future, and many schools do not teach this, despite it being important. This gives girls at CSG the extra edge in technology, and starting this early can help promote a job in technology, which Is a growing industry, and will only continue to get bigger.
Our current Project in One Laptop Per Child is wiping and reprograming old computers to send them to schools and orphanages in third world countries. When first presented with this task, we didn’t know where to start. The first thing that we did was download Ubuntu, a free operating program for computers onto flash drives.
We then put a flashdrive into each laptop and used the program to install Ubuntu. At first this was very confusing for us, but as we have continued to work on it, it has gotten much easier.
My personal “project” within this larger project is trying to set up the laptops so that they are in Amharic, the language spoken in Ethiopia. I was able to figure out how to enable Amharic to use it in Ubuntu’s version of word and other programs where you type. I also figured out loosely how to make the entire computers operating system in Amharic, but it types in English. I will continue to try to combine both of these things.
It was been very challenging to work on this project. My class meets before the other class, so we have to figure a lot of things out on our own. It is a lot of trial and error, which can be very frustrating, but it will be worth it when we are able to send computers to people who do not have them.