Notes from Nigeria 5/07
We swapped children that had used Squeak and reseated them in between children that had never worked with Etoys. Then the teacher explained how to do a person and give it a name. It was more effective to have children helping children than paying attention to the teacher. But, since there were so many, we did both to go faster and get to the animation part faster,...and then we could see cool stuff together,...however, once children start facilitating you can't stop them. So, after 15 minutes, we started hearing some persons turning round and round, while making frog noises here and there, and then after 30 minutes, we had a whole pond of frogs!!! Afterwards, I worked “What does 'forward' do?” with them and also 'turn' so they could understand the degrees part. Only Primary 6 had done some work with degrees, so I had to explain to them by walking and turning round, all over the class. Then, they started doing it. However they left the frog sound on their persons, and the frog chorus started again. --Carla Gomez Monroy, Learning Consultant, OLPC
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