Tuesday, September 1, 2009

XO Workshop...Success!

This past Saturday, Drew, Steph and I arranged an XO laptop workshop with the St. Mary's volunteers. Approximately 15 volunteers arrived and were eager to play and understand the laptops!

After going over the laptop basics, Drew lead an "XO Scavenger Hunt" which allowed the volunteers to explore the laptops...they had to find ways to calculate 798/347, paint the South African flag, and have the computer say "hello." Everyone had fun and picked up the laptops quickly. This activity was also used today at St. Mary's with the kids. This increased confidence in the kids of how well they actually know their laptops!

This was a great success and because of this workshop, now the volunteers will be able to help with the children, so more kids can use the laptops daily. Volunteers are going to help with learning projects and activities with the laptops are really getting a kick!

Not only will the volunteers be able to help out in the present, but (sadly) when Drew, Steph and I have to leave, the volunteers can continue to work with the laptops and teach new volunteers how they work...talk about sustainability!

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