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D4 .. Four Schools in Darbonne   Thu, 4-Nov-2010 (teefal)

After a restful sleep at Abelaird's house, we interviewed Joseph about his thoughts on expanding the project throughout Haiti. "No government, no government." After breakfast, we began our walk around Darbonne to visit the four schools working with Haiti partners. At each, we were introduced to every class and showed them the laptop, though many had already taken part in the pilots. Joseph had them say to the video camera, "We want more laptops, please" and "Thank you OLPC and Waveplace." One of the future schools was recently built using the template developed by Haiti Partners. Looks like it will...


The Voice of Freedom   Thu, 18-Dec-2008 (teefal)

(by Christa Crehan, from newsletter) What a privilege it has been to be involved in this Waveplace extravaganza! I just finished watching the Waveplace Awards video. What an amazing accomplishment for all of the children. Watching them combine computer programming and storytelling to create their final storybooks was the best gift from this experience. All children have something important to give and it is up to the adults around them to guide them and show them they can accomplish anything they want. Maria (winner of Best Artwork) and Eric (winner of Best Scripting) began the program with trepidation. What they...


Educational Evolution   Fri, 17-Oct-2008 (teefal)

(by Donna McAvoy, Immokalee teacher, from newsletter) Last summer I had the opportunity to volunteer with the Waveplace Program in Immokalee. I was so impressed with the experience on many levels, most especially with the passion of organizers, trainers, investors, teachers, volunteers, and students. It soon became apparent to all of us that something very special was going on. On the last day of the program, I was sitting next to a smiling gentleman who whispered, "God is pleased." As a result, I was inspired to implement the Waveplace course with my 5th and 6th grade technology students during the...


Russell's Sea Stories   Mon, 1-Sep-2008 (teefal)

(by Russell Van Riper, expanded from newsletter) As this is written, I am at work. Sailing, four days at sea, the last leg up the Indian River. We are delivering a boat and its owner to a new home port. Nearly four weeks have passed since the end of the Immokalee pilot. When first handed this little computer with great ambition, I asked myself, "How does one introduce computing to children who have never been exposed, without losing childhood to the screen?". I have never been enamored with technology for tech's sake. I see far to many people passively using...


florida finishes & nicaragua starts   Tue, 12-Aug-2008 (teefal)

Last week, Waveplace finished our pilot in Immokalee, Florida. We'll be posting student storybooks soon, but for now you can watch our first Florida video, which gives a taste of our "improv theater" teaching style. There are also several newspaper and radio reports on our press page and a few articles in our latest newsletter. Today we start our pilot near Rivas, Nicaragua. We're using Spanish-keyboard XOs and solar panels this time, since the school has no electricity. Our three Waveplace mentors flew in last night and will begin teaching the teachers today. The kids get their laptops tomorrow. We've...


Report from the Immokalee Pilot   Sun, 20-Jul-2008 (teefal)

(written by Russell Van Riper, from newsletter) As a student, I sat through my share of computer literacy classes, with most having one instructor talking out into space, explaining confusing command menus, projected blurry against the wall. Very easy to get disoriented, disengaged, and lost in a wandering mind. The Waveplace pilot in Immokalee was very different once we got into our flow. Problems at the start were solved with professionalism and skill by the mentors. The greatest distraction... kids being kids... was handled purely by the teachers craft, especially helpful was Mary Villa's depth of knowledge of the children...


Immokalee Day 18   Thu, 17-Jul-2008 (christa)

(post by Mary Villa) Color sees color test This lesson was kind of difficult for some students. We went over this lesson so many times. We were surprise that so many students used the color sees color test on their scripts. We worked with students on debugging their scripts. Some students didn't want to use the test to their stories but we encouraged them to use it so they could add more flavor to their stories. We also went over animation again. Each table was set up as stations, we had writing, drawing, animation and startover scripts. Each student went...


Immokalee Day 16   Mon, 14-Jul-2008 (christa)

In attendance: Christa, Jane, Katey, Russell, Brenda (FGCU), and another FGCU graduate...I forgot his name again! Today we started the day whole group and 5 students shared their story progress from the weekend. After, I did a lesson on World Start Over. We broke into our groups of Writing Test Scripts, Scripting Clean up, Writing, and Drawing. We had a few computer snafoos that interupted our progress at first, but we worked through most of it. One of the screens is blank on about 1/3 which made it impossible to work on for one of the kids. Not sure about...


dreaming in possibility   Mon, 14-Jul-2008 (mscotti)

There is a community thriving in a place that drew myriad individuals with the hope of finding prosperity against all odds. They embraced a dream, a desire, and impulse for fulfillment in a town called Immokalee translated home. Imagine a map. X marks the spot. Here lies treasure. Some would say foolishness. No treasure lies there. It is a faulty figment of imagination. Others dream. This X holds promise. So against all odds people came to this place marked X on a map inspired by tales that they heard of employment, safety, new beginnings. Rivers were crossed. Fences climbed. Bushes...


Immokalee Day 15   Thu, 10-Jul-2008 (christa)

(post by Mary Villa) We talked about Animation. Christa and I worked on a script and demonstrated animation. I printed out a copy for each student on how to use animation on their stories. That was Christa's idea so I put the thought into action. We made a sun and also a funny face with it's tongue sticking out. The starfish challenge was to make a face that was much better than mine and funnier. I shouldn't of said that because they put my drawing to shame. Their drawing were awesome. Christa showed them how to use the eye dropper....


Immokalee Day 14   Wed, 9-Jul-2008 (christa)

(post by Jane) In Attendance: Christa, Katey, Mary, Russell, Jane (Also, Dick, Brenda, Jorge, Raquel and Juan from Ave Maria and Jared from Immokalee Foundation.) We started class by having the students open their journals and delete any files that were unneeded. We asked the students why this was important and most of them new that their laptops would be faster if they had fewer items in the journal. We also reminded them that having more than one activity opened at a time would slow the computer down. Next we had the students work on their books. The teachers walked...


Immokalee Day 13   Mon, 7-Jul-2008 (christa)

Today we worked on Start Over scripts from Lesson 11.  We waited on bringing this up until there was a compelling reason to use it and it made more sense to the kids.  We held off on World start over because we could see brain overload and we knew the kids had had enough! We are excited to see the progress in the stories!  It is now time to take a step back and reconfigure what we are doing. Next time we get together the kids will be grouped according to interest and need.  We will have the following options:...


Immokalee Day 12   Thu, 3-Jul-2008 (christa)

(post by Mary Villa) Thursday was awesome! Thursday we reviewed animation. The students made a funny face and they animated it. The students are learning so fast. The students worked on their stories and animated their characters. We discussed about Monday, Christa will be teaching World startOver. That will be a challenge but hey we work as a team. See ya Monday!...


Immokalee Day 11   Wed, 2-Jul-2008 (christa)

In Attendance: Christa, Jane, Mary, Katey, Russell, Brittany, 2 graduates from Ave Maria University Today we began with sharing of stories that the students had written since the last class.  Each team (4) picked one student to share what they had written so far. We discussed our goals and motivations. We reviewed what we have learned so far using a BrainSmart technique: Ten Pegs.  The students touch 10 points on the body as we reviewed. The kids were great! Make a Sketch (Head) Open the Halo & Name Sketch (Shoulders) Open the viewer & make script (Chest) Make go Forward...


Immokalee Day 10   Mon, 30-Jun-2008 (christa)

(notes by Mary Villa) Lesson 10- Naming Sketches, Starting Scripts We went over this lesson by showing the children a script and naming it. We discuss about how important it is to name each script because later it will get confusing. If you name your script it won't get so confusing because each day the story gets longer and you are adding more and more scripts. We also discussed about the all scripts panel. It was very useful for the children. We allowed the children to work on their story and trouble shoot and we walked around helping where needed....


waveplace on NPR   Wed, 25-Jun-2008 (teefal)

Just heard the two-part NPR story on Waveplace's XO and Etoys pilot in Immokalee, Florida. Have a listen here. Pretty surreal hearing myself on national radio. I'm a bit disappointed that Etoys got characterized as clumsy ... the alligator thing was from one of our advanced lessons for the adults. I imagine someone watching a person learn guitar for the first time would also think it clumsy. Great quotes from Christa and Susan. Photos from the pilot are here. Video is here....


Immokalee Day 8   Wed, 25-Jun-2008 (christa)

(notes by Jane) In Attendance: Christa, Katey, Mary, Russell, Jane Hats off to Christa! She did a great job last class, reviewing scripts, naming sketches, etc. Then she also covered new material from Lesson 10. Although she did a great job, most of the kids I worked with didn't seem to grasp all of it. Therefore, I did a lot of reviewing: duplicating, repainting, renaming sketches, making scripts to race the sketches, using the random tile. I also emphasized the importance of naming sketches and scripts. Because this was a review, I knew some kids would be bored, so I...


Immokalee Day 7   Mon, 23-Jun-2008 (christa)

In Attendance: Christa, Jane, Katey, Mary Today went well!  Behavior & understanding is getting better each session. We started off with the Starfish Challenge homework sharing:  They could share any progress they made over the weekend. We worked on Lesson 10 & reviewed writing scripts. Discuss why we are here. I gave a little motivational speech about how they were chosen for the pilot. Students picked a student from their team to share what they accomplished over the weekend. We discussed procedures, rules, and troubleshooting computer problems. Reviewed naming sketches Created multiple characters for a race.  We chose to...


Immokalee Day 6   Thu, 19-Jun-2008 (christa)

(notes by Susan) In attendance: Christa, Mary, Jane, Katey, Susan, Donna, Russell Squeak Day 6 for kids. Day 8 for adults. Here's to keeping just ahead of the kids! I thoroughly enjoyed joining the group for the lesson. My goal is to be available at least once a week and more often if my day job permits or if someone can't make it. The increase in the skills of the kids was quite noticeable after being away for two lessons. I am sure it is harder for Christa, Jane and Mary to see this but I did! We began with...


Immokalee Day 5   Wed, 18-Jun-2008 (christa)

In attendance: Christa, Katey, Mary V., Donna, Jane and Teddy The Bethel projector is still broken so we set up the room in 4 U-shaped table teams with the projector we brought facing the back wall. Although Christa and I brought extra power cords, it didn't seem to be an issue because we are now having all the "forgot to charge kids" sit at one table.  Hopefully, this will encourage them to remember to charge. I did lessons 7, 8 and 9 today.  The students seemed to do well.  Mary will teach 10 and 11 on Thursday. One super helpful...


new courseware; new pilots   Wed, 18-Jun-2008 (teefal)

Waveplace has finished its beta "Squeaky Tales" courseware ... 30 lessons (with videos) that teach how to teach Etoys on the XO. To see examples, or to become a beta tester, visit here We took everything we learned in our first pilot (in the Virgin Islands) and started completely over. The pacing is much better, as is the storytelling component, which was crucial in St John. We're using the beta courseware in our three pilots this summer, and will then start completely over and make a physical textbook and DVD series (in English, Spanish, and French). All will be sold...


Immokalee Day 4   Mon, 16-Jun-2008 (christa)

In attendance: Christa, Katey, Jane, Mary V., Ted, Russell, Nicole Monday was our first day without our new Waveplace friends. We used the day to review LESSONS 5 & 6 because we knew that the kids would need a refresher from the week before. We set up the room in 4 U-shaped table teams with the projector Jane & Ted brought facing the back wall.  The Bethel projector is still broken, but everything worked out after the lightning slowed down!  In the beginning we had to restart the projector & computer between 10 and 15 times which slowed our start...


Immokalee Week   Sun, 15-Jun-2008 (teefal)

(from newsletter) As I write this, I'm flying home from our first Waveplace mentoring workshop, held in Immokalee, Florida. Over the last five long days, I taught our new Squeaky Tales course to a class of eight adults, most of them teachers. The week was enlightening and exhausting! We also started our third Waveplace pilot with a whopping 42 fourth graders, each of whom received their very own XO laptop. I led the class with a projector and microphone while the eight mentors worked with smaller groups. The kids were absolutely incredible: well-behaved, motivated, engaged. The mentors were equally amazing,...


immokalee pilot has started!   Mon, 9-Jun-2008 (teefal)

Today in Immokalee Florida, Waveplace started its third XO and Etoys pilot. We gave laptops to 43 children, and I taught them for two hours. We also started our first intensive teacher training workshop with our new beta courseware. This week, I'm teaching adults five days, six hours a day, in addition to three student classes. The teachers will then spend the remaining nine weeks teaching the students themselves after I leave. Let's just say that between the teacher training and the children training, and the endless logistics (setting up the projector, arranging the chairs, unpacking the XOs, recording the...


Immokalee Means Home   Thu, 28-Feb-2008 (teefal)

(written by Ted Coine, from newsletter) Immokalee, Florida, is one of the poorest towns in the United States. Actually, before moving to nearby Naples, I had never seen the likes north of Mexico. Not to put too fine a point on it, but Immokalee is appalling. And to think that it's only a forty-minute drive from the most affluent small city in America. You can see why my wife and I want to do our part to help. Over eighty percent of the residents of Immokalee are immigrants, many illegal. Half of them are migrant farm workers, who make only...



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