Learning by Doing, Solving Real World Problems – Using Technology

Butonge primary school. – class seven

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Understanding the Environment: Forests and Fields:

We used paint activity to choose colors according to the surrounding features. They drew a green vegetation as a simple of a place having enough rainfall and a good place for crop farming. Kids indicated rivers passing through that vegetation area and colored it with blue as a symbol of water and big trees showing the importance of forests. The purpose was to tell others on the importance of afforestation and effects of afforestation. The idea of afforestation is coming up to due increased number of cutting trees in the area they come from. 51 students attended the sessions as 26 laptops were used per session.

Comments from Hands of Charity Teachers and Leaders:

CHALLENGES

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  • Poor transport systems resulted to breakages of computer due involvement in a motorbike road accident to Namwesi school. 4 computers were broken the screen.
  • Lack of enough hardware making some schools miss distance learning session on 6th and 7th June.
  • More schools demands XO laptop initiative but we have inadequate hardware and manpower.
  • Lack of a nearby repair center for replacement of broken machines.

OBSERVATIONS

  • Increased number of computer learners both in school and at the market place centre .
  • Technology skills spread in schools thus improving performance.
  • Behaviour change and communication over jiggers had improved.
  • Project based learning is becoming a key learning issue.
  • Need for more networks as it came out during Skype call sessions.

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Participated in distance learning event.
  • Good network signal.
  • Getting a big network with OPEN ( Oneplaneteducation network)
  • Had a chance to talk to Katherine who is interning with Smallsolutionsbigideas.
  • Getting good support from smallsolutionbigideas in terms of hardware and stipends for teachers.
  • A promise from OPEN to get some new windows 7/10 PCs for summer distance learning expansion.

Recommendations for improvement.

  • More schools to be brought on board and participate in technology advancement.
  • Need for Internet access hardware and services for future events.
  • Bringing inn new management posts for proper running of the project.
  • Interschool heads meeting to promote technology in rural schools internship.
  • Science camp and wildlife educational tour facilitation by SSBI in August.
  • Expansion of distance learning project by bring more schools on board and promoting online discussion locally in schools.
  • The report was prepared by Bonaventure after receiving information from all teachers according to the activities done.

CHALLENGES

  • Poor transport systems resulted to breakages of computer due involvement in a motorbike road accident to Namwesi school. 4 computers were broken the screen.
  • Lack of enough hardware making some schools miss distance learning session on 6th and 7th June.
  • More schools demands XO laptop initiative but we have inadquate hardware and manpower.
  • Lack of a nearby repair center for replacement of broken machines.

OBSERVATIONS

  • Increased number of computer learners both in school and at the market place centre .
  • Technology skills spread in schools thus improving perfoemance.
  • Behaviour change and communication over jiggers had improved.
  • Project based learning is becoming a key learning issue.
  • Need for more networks as it came out during Skype call sessions.

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Participated in distance learning event.
  • Good network signal.
  • Getting a big network with OPEN ( Oneplaneteducation network)
  • Had a chance to talk to Katherine who is interning with Smallsolutionsbigideas.
  • Getting good support from smallsolutionbigideas in terms of hardware and stipends for teachers.

RECOMMENDATIONS TO IMPROVE PROGRAMS: More schools to be brought on board and participate in technology advancement. Need for Internet access hardware and services for future events. Bringing inn new management posts for proper running of the project. Interschool heads meeting to promote technology in rural schools internship. Science camp and wildlife educational tour facilitation by SSBI in August. Expansion of distance learning project by bring more schools on board and promoting online discussion locally in schools. The report was prepared by Bonaventure after receiving information from all teachers according to the activities done.

OUTCOMES: 

  • Increased number of computer learners both in school and at the market place centre .
  • Technology skills spread in schools thus improving perfoemance.
  • Behaviour change and communication over jiggers had improved.
  • Project based learning is becoming a key learning issue.
  • Need for more networks as it came out during Skype call sessions.

11/06/2016

Saturday- Bukokholo marketplace center-

used write activity to discuss on HIV/AIDS by documenting on how they should utilize their free time after closing school, during August holyday where initiation rite.

We had so many issues that came out such as; visting relatives, friends and towns while others said is the time to support parents at home and doing innovation work at the marketplace *2 sessions.

13/06/2016

Monday- at Butonge primary school- more kids came in for computer session windows were full of learners who just wanted t ojoin others for the session even if it was not their class. They wanted to know more about what activity is being used by their colleagues as far as the program of computer is concerned. 90 learners attended the lesson and 31 laptops were used.

Tuesday- Namwesi primary school class 7 where we had uncontrollable population of student who were eager to the XO laptop because they saw one day in a week in their school is not enough. Sincewe did not want demoralizse willing to learn students it forced teachers present to arrange 5 pupils per laptop. 33 laptop swere used.

3rd WEEK from 14/06/2016 – 20/06/2016

Market place – general creative work learning for the full week was as per below mentioned sugar lab activity.

– use of record and making movies

– use of scratch- development of animations which included, word, animal and child to child interaction.

-use of tux math- for general math learning for kids

– paint activity- Drawing and creating stories over the pictures.

-Turtle sugar lab activity was used by class seven of Butonge primary to learn more about geometry in math.

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4th WEEK from 21st – 30th June 2016

Creative learning by collection of plastic papers and washing them for reuse.

-planning with kids over what they think they can do with a case on afforestation to restore our planet through project based learning activities.

-selection of what kind of materials are needed to achieve their specific objective as the hope of new generation and climatecare.

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