Work from School Social Mapping Project

Social School Mapping Project, cont.

Yesterday was a great day at ESCAF because the students from 1 P6 class started to poll their peers from another P6 class. They had many many good questions this time. Some included: “do you like the President” “How many have their mothers?” “How many love their teacher” “How many love Julia(!)” While the new P6 class was provided some background and initial introduction to the project the first P6 class had to consider the best way to collect their information in an effective and timely manner. Then they began polling. Their homework was to convert these numbers into percentages and tomorrow, now the final day because students will go on holiday, will be to put this information into PollBuilder.

Social School Mapping Project

Social School Mapping Project

We have started the Social School Mapping Project at EPAK Primary school. We are starting with 1 P6 class and expanding as the attached plan suggests.

We have already had 4 sessions, so in summary we have been working with the 31 students to develop a strong basis in math in order to create the percentages, graphing that they will need. Another part is to develop their skills to work together and understand the importance of numbers telling a story–so their questions should be insightful.

In the last session, I proposed the class to partner up and create their own statistic businesses and the following session present to me their business name, logo and a question they have asked all their classmate and the answers. This would have to presented using the XO in an interesting way.

I was not sure what to expect since this is a lot of work for the students who are currently in exams, but they amazed me! Each group was ready to present and most all of the students used Etoys to create pictures and animation to accompany their class statistics.

Some of their questions included:
1) Who is scared of rain? 33%
2) How many like TV? 100% How many have a TV at home? 10%
3) How many eat lunch at school? 4% At home? 96%
4) How many like to play futbol? 67%
5) How many like apples? 75%
6) How many like flowers? 86%
7) How many like to listen to radio? 55%
8) How many have been scarred by a knife? 35%

We are meeting tomorrow and will start to expand our work to the other P6 classes. They will collect all of their finding using PollBuilder.

Creating Legends

Each week we start the Grandmother Project by sharing a legend, but in the second and third week we asked that the students of ESCAF share a legend that they know. We created a circle and each student that had one, jumped in the middle and shared their legends. Most were very funny.

After, we asked that they create their own legend, a legend about ESCAF, the students seperated into groups and used their laptops, but also crayons and paper.

Grandmother Rwanda

Per the project contest we began the legends or “Grandmother Rwanda” project at ESCAF. We began the project by acting/reading a legend that Pedro found online: “The Giant who Cried Waterfalls.” We asked the all of the students to close their eyes as we read the legend so they could create their own mental images.

At the end of the reading, we asked the students draw how they envisioned the Giant looked like

Project Contest at ESCAF

We have been VERY busy the past few weeks developing partnerships and creating documentation, but we were finally able to start back our work at the schools, and thanks to Pedro’s always fantastic ideas we had a fun challenge…. each member of our team was asked to create their own project. We spent 1 week working on a cohesive document detailing all aspects of our plan.
I created the project “Social School Mapping”

Social School Mapping Project

Pedro created a “legends” project where children would collect traditional stories, compile them and share them with the world.

Jean Claude created an environmental project competition where kids would create a project teaching their community about environment.

Jimmy created a project to help students learn proper researching techniques.

Adrien create a project to inform children about both mental and physical violence.

Lastly, Desire’s project was for students to write their own autobiographies.

We each presented our projects to a P6 class at ESCAF school in Nyamirambo, at the end the project that the children would do would be decided by their applause.

It was close and came to a tie breaker between Pedro and me, but in the end his project won!

It was so wonderful to see him with the children and it reminded our team to all be innovative with our ideas (no repeating past work!) and to be kids ourselves.

We will start the project next week!

New Director of Learning for OLPC-Rwanda

We have a new Director of Learning at OLPC-Rwanda, Pedro Cuellar from Colombia. Pedro has worked in many innovative projects in Colombia both for OLPC and other private NGOs many of which he started himself. In the short time he has been here he has achieved so much with our team and we are grateful and excited for this year together!