On Tue, Jan 26, I went to the Leaf Pagoda again. Extreme heat made my swollen legs hurt again forcing me to go to the hospital. Luckily Van, a local volunteer, gave me a bike ride to the hospital and helped translate. There was only one hour wait at the ColumbiaAsia International Hospital, where I was seen by an English speaking doctor. The visit costs me $40 US including medicine. On Wed, I was scheduled to teach the first XO class in the evening and worked on the detailed lesson plan during the day.
At 6:30PM, Linh, another great volunteer, stopped by Peace House and took me to Ba Chieu Shelter. Ken came with us and introduced me to the head mistress Yen. I was told that only 8 girls had time to learn XOs in the evening. There were no teachers available, so we had to teach the children. Since we had only 5 XOs, we would teach them in groups of 4 twice a week.
I found out girls were older than I expected , but still very excited to use computers. They had minimal experience with desktop computers back from school. I thought that it was a great opportunity to teach older girls to be the teachers and then they will teach younger girls how to use XOs.
I told about OLPC, XOs and myself. We covered rules of handling, girls learned how to turn on/off an XO, switch views, open and close activities. Then we did speech activity (typed “hello” in Vietnamese -” Xin Chao”), labyrinth and took photos, which was the highlight of the class. Girls were so happy to pose and take pictures of themselves and their friends. They never owned a photo camera. Girls changed names of their computers from Friend 1-5 to their own names. I told them that I would give them laptops next week and they were thrilled by the news.
First comments by the girls: “Computers are lovely! So cool that we are going to have 6 weeks of training!” At the end of the class little girls came and started watching computers and jumping around.
Homework: to think about questions, what they want to learn and what additional programs they want to have on their computers.