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 to use computers in the past. Only six students showed up, but there has been an extra kid coming from 9-10am, who we’re going to try to move to this second shift so that we don’t have more kids than working computers in the first shift.

Note the new desks and chairs (as compared with six months ago). Yes, the plastic wrap is still on them. That’s just kind of the way it is. The static cling film is often left on the LCD screens of electronics, too. I think it has something to do with wanting to protect expensive equipment from the harsh and corrosive Indian environment. You can see in the next picture that someone has also wrapped the legs of the chairs with newspaper.

We went over some basic hardware stuff, then the kids played Solitaire for a while to develop their mouse skills. They’re much less advanced, as far as computer skills go, than the first shift of kids. Actually, even their English skills are shakier – one student didn’t know how to write his name in English. We’ll see how that plays out once they need to read menus and things like that.

This photo is so similar to this one from January – all of these random little kids showed up and were really curious about what was going on in the classroom.

It poured, absolutely torrentially, today for a couple of hours. Some of the streets were knee-deep in water by the time we were driving home. I wish I’d taken some pictures.

The complete solar eclipse is in about six-and-a-half hours, but I really, really doubt the sky will clear enough to see it. I haven’t decided yet if I want to get up at 5am to watch it or not.