It is nearing the end of the first week of computer classes in Asembo. After a few schedule changes last Friday, and then some very last minute changes before starting classes on Monday morning, we finally learned that we would have far fewer students than we expected, and would only need to teach 5 classes a day instead of the 6 originally proposed classes a day. This is working out really well, as there are only three laptops and about 12 students per class (so that leaves around 3-4 students sharing each laptop). I can’t even imagine what it would have been like to teach the proposed 16-17 students per class 6 times a day!
With the exception of maybe one or two students in the entire group, Monday was the first day for them to ever see or use a computer. We started out with some basic information about keeping the laptop plugged in and identified the main parts of the computer, such as the mouse, desktop, keyboard, on & off button, etc. Since then, we’ve moved on to using the copy and paste functions, using shift and the other very useful keys, and just getting the kids to practice typing, which is so important. Also, we’ve stressed over and over again how important it is to save a document you are working on… we even got the students to write in their notebooks “ALWAYS PRESS SAVE!!!”
Everything is progressing quite slowly, but obviously we’re taking it step by step since they really knew absolutely nothing. The majority of the students seem to be getting the hang of things quite quickly though, so it’s very promising! They are all very keen and have asked about how they can practice outside of class time, so hopefully they’ll start coming on their own to the centre the use the facility!