Monthly archive July, 2009

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...

Round two: day one

I arrived in Bijawar last night after five days in transit: SFO to Delhi, by way of Hong Kong and Bangkok (total travel time: about 30 hours), then to Bhopal (total travel time: about 4 hours), then to Bijawar (total travel time: 12 hours, including lunch in Sagar). Update (July 21, 2009): Now that I’ve...

Constant challenges

I’m planning on going to India this Thursday night (actually Friday morning) for a month. Originally, I’d wanted to leave two weeks ago, but the monsoon was delayed about a month in central India. As a result, the weather two weeks ago was still around 110-115°F, so I delayed my departure. The temperature high in...