Monday, October 31, 2011

Last day in the village

Last Friday was my last day in the KKEV village. After spending three months in the centre I had to leave my children. It was by far one of the hardest thing I had to do and I told myself that I can leave only if I come back to visit them next year.

My last week with them was touching as they made flower crowns for me everyday and they were always close to me in the lunch breaks. They made drawings for me, we played volleyball, we visited a vocational centre, we took lots of pictures..

I really felt like they were like my family and the night after I left I made a book for them and a calendar with some of our pictures. I didn't want them to forget me and I also wanted them to remember everything we learned together.

Here you can see the book:

And the calendar for 2012:

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¨So do you think you can search?¨

Inspired by Dan Russell, search research scientist at Google, I gave my first lecture on web search to the Journalism Master students of University of Pannasastra.

First we clarified the basic notions: Internet, Browser, Web-page, search engine. Afterwards we analysed the search process in small steps and tried to find adequate search strategies for different scenarios. The students loved the search exercices and these Search Tools.

"Is this a toy or a computer?"

Thanks to Florian kindness who send us an OLPC computer from Ireland the children got to play with this computer toy for the first time. They were very excited to see that the "toy"actually has a web cam and they can take pictures and make videos. Their excitement went further when they saw that they can actually access internet from the small computer as well.

I was very happy to see how fast they adopted the device and I have to say that I think that the OLPC it's a great tool to get children interested in computers. For them everything is a game and it's so much easier to play with this small green box:).

Thank you Florian!