Yearly archive 2009

Updates and problem-solving

I’ve been in Bijawar since Thursday, so here’s what’s been going on since the last time I wrote. I finally got Wipro to fix the broken CPU with a new hard drive (they’d previously replaced the monitor), which we still have to test to make sure it actually works. I’m not sure whether it’s got...

September and October

Sorry that it’s been so long since the last blog post! There’s still an analysis in the works, but here’s a (very long) update on what’s been going on since August. To our never-ending surprise, the computer education program at the Boys’ HS School in Bijawar is going pretty well. As the students from the...

Round two: photo dump

Here are some photos of cute children to tide you over until my next post goes up. How these kids are all related to me is too complicated to go into, so suffice it to say that they are.

Round two: days nineteen, twenty, and twenty-one

(Note. Sorry about all the recent downtime. It’s been resolved – thanks for your patience!) Today is my last day in Bijawar! It’s a little strange how well I’ve adapted to the vagaries of living here and how quickly the time has gone. I really wouldn’t mind a little Thai or sushi or frozen yogurt...

Round two: days twelve through eighteen

It’s been a week since I last updated this blog; sorry for the delay! We did a little bit more Word with the first batch of kids, then we skipped straight to Excel. I figure that the teacher can handle Word and more basic Windows stuff on his own, but he’s a little weak on...

Round two: days eight, nine, ten, and eleven

I haven’t updated in a few days – not much has been going on, actually. We’ve been working with the first batch of kids on Word formatting, and we’ve been going over more Windows fundamentals with the second. This second batch still seems kind of lost and overwhelmed, but hopefully if we go slowly enough,...

Round two: day seven

This morning, one of the other teachers had the key to the computer lab, which we didn’t know, and we weren’t able to get it until almost 10am. This threw our entire schedule off. We ended up having the first set of kids practice some typing for 15 minutes, then we went over a couple...

Round two: day six

Today the kids spent about 15 minutes typing, then we went over some storage vocab – CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, flash memory, hard disk, etc. We then reviewed some of the vocab from the past few days. We also began teaching a second shift of kids from 10-11am, this time ones who haven’t had the chance...

Round two: day five

We spent an hour today working on the kids’ typing skills, using some free software that we dug up on a CD at the school in December. It’s surprisingly good for something that was on a CD otherwise full of junk. The lessons are straightforward, and the kids really enjoyed the subsequent games and then...

Round two: day four

Today we covered bit/byte/etc., as well as how to cut, copy, and paste files. I think that I need to emphasize the difference between cut and delete, though, because the distinction is fine and hard to grasp. We also covered how to manipulate multiple windows and figure out which one is currently active. We went...

Round two: day three

Neha came with me to the school this morning, because she’s interested in helping out and perhaps teaching, if she doesn’t get an appointment at another school. Three additional students showed up for a total of eight, so we went through all of the hardware basics again, as well as some desktop and Windows vocabulary....

Round two: day two

I went to the school this morning at 9:30 (the driver didn’t show up until then), where the lab was locked and a bunch of boys were standing around outside, with no teacher. I called the teacher, who said that the fuse from yesterday hadn’t been fixed yet, so we couldn’t do any work. I...