Today both Minh and I were not feeling well, but we still came to teach Scratch. There were few bugs in the old version, that we had, like “change size to” didn’t work.
Scratch functions were easy for the girls as they are similar to the Turtle’s. Girls made the cat dance and say meow, then changed “sprites” to horses, elephants and other animals. I also showed them sample activities and cartoons.
At last, they learned how to upload files from the USB drive, as I brought another digital Vietnamese book for them, so they all copied it to their XOs. Girls are very much into reading!
I didn’t go to the Rex hotel for drinks with other volunteers as I didn’t have any energy. I didn’t sleep three nights in a row due to work and the heat…
I spent hours looking for the websites to get free eBooks in Vietnamese. Then more hours to register at various sites to start downloading books only to find out that not all formats could be useful. Some books were not real, as their links didn’t work. Not many books were actually in Vietnamese even though they were on the Vietnamese eBook sites. Then it was hard to get some of them to the XOs.I found 11 websites to download ebooks from, but it took me long time to go through them all… Some websites charge fees. Some have only educational books, but no fiction. Here are the most helpful:
www.ebook4u.vn – only first couple of books are free, others are for a fee
http://ebook.vietnamwebsite.net/index.php – about 100 books for free
Mathieu spent had his fair share of hard work, trying to install flash media player so that the girls can go to YouTube, download and play mp3 files. He tried many different files, but they didn’t work. We still want to show them audacity and recording of singing over music… We also have to learn how to change IP addresses so that they can use real Facebook…