OLPC Contributor Proposal for Math

TITLE:   USING THE XO LAPTOP TO AID TEACHING OF MATHEMATICS

Address:       Hands of Charity

Off Thika road, Seasons matatu terminal along Kasarani – Mwiki road past ICIPE

Mark Koech c/o Theresa Okello

Number of laptops: 10

Loan length:  4 months (9), 6 months (1)

Team participants:

  1. 1.      Mark Koech (Team Leader)

Email: billiago@gmail.com

Education: Student, United States International University, B.Sc, Information Systems and Technology

A-level Certificate, 2006

O-level Certificate, 2004

  1. 2.     Elias Kimaiga Moregi,

Education:   KCA University BCOM and CPA

Accounts Clerk Nyakach Girls’ High School

Profession:             Teacher, Matongo Mixed Secondary School

  1. 3.     Stephen Sawa

Education:   Diploma, Primary School Science

                        Certificate in Social work

Profession:             Head Master, St. Aloys Academy

  1. 4.     Maruti J. Soita

Education:   Masters Degree, Education, Kenyatta University

Bachelors Degree, Education, University of Nairobi

Profession:             Teacher, Chejamisi Girls’ High School

  1. 5.     Elizabeth Ogutu,

Mobile: +254 716 196 989

Education:   Student, United States International University, BA Accounting

OBJECTIVES

  1. To use the XO to challenge students in learning of Mathematics by engaging in problem solving projects that require the use of mathematical concepts that are required by the Kenyan Standard Syllabus and teach abstract concepts beyond the scope of the traditional skill sets.
  2. An example of a learning task would be to use Scratch or Turtle Art to create a program which would draw a polygon of any number of sides without requiring any previous knowledge of angles. This would involve variables, recursion, successive approximations and the use of abstact concepts.
  3. Teams of three are assigned to each class, and include guidance to students, and observation, and progress evaluation.
  4. The teams will locate a library center where the provided XOs will be setup for after school and weekend access to learning.
  5. We expect to raise the average percentage mark of all the children by 20% by the end of the three months and our goal is to measure and track the skill acquisition in the monthly CATs (Continuous Assessment Tests).
  6. To improve the ability of children to memorise and enhance the use of the basic Mathematical operations, that is +, -, ÷ and × using the XO laptop applications.
  7. To improve children’s ability and understanding of the measurement and calculation of area, circumference and perimeter of 2-dimensional figures and the Surface Area and Volume of 3-dimansional objects with the aid of the XO laptop.
  8. To aid the children in the proper understanding of the topics of ratios, percentages and proportions according to the Kenyan Primary School syllabus.

PLAN OF ACTION

  1. Develop a curriculum that will aid teachers as they teach basic mathematics concepts using the XO laptop.
  2. Train the teachers just before the third term which begins in September on how they can use this laptop to aid them teach their students better and faster, at the same time improving the levels of understanding of these students.
  3. Integrate the program into the school schedule making sure it does not interfere with the school’s activities and start the implementation of the program by the September the 10th
  4. Use the mid-term and end of term exams to monitor the progress in the students’ progress.

NEEDS

  1. There is a lack of proper teaching methods in Kenya and hence students at this tender age are unable to grasp the fundamentals of Mathematics. The XO laptop will therefore supplement the teaching methods already in place and will be especially useful with the object oriented and simple way that it does so.

QUALITY / MONITORING

  1. Yes, the project would benefit from documentation, support and/or testing since these will help track and monitor the progress of the project and help make any improvements if needed.
  2. Teachers’ input would be valuable since they are experienced in dealing with these children and are the ones that will implement this program.
  3. We will promote our work by posting the project progress to our website and also through the OLPC conference to be held in March 2010.
  4. No, because there is a technical team that will facilitate the technical aspects of the project.

TIMELINE

The entire project will take a total of three months. The first analysis on the impact of the project will be done after six weeks and the second one at the end of the project using the mid-term and end of term examinations respectively.

  1. 1.      Mark Koech (Team Leader)

Email: billiago@gmail.com

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