Volunteer needed for deployment 23 laptops Thailand

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Volunteer needed for deployment 23 laptops Thailand

Postby Jildou » Thu Jun 05, 2008 4:28 am

Fang, Chiang Mai, Thailand

We are seeking a volunteer teacher for a minimum of 2 months to support a project-based learning program, using OLPC XO laptops.

The XO, also known as the $100 Laptop or Children's Machine, is an inexpensive laptop computer to be distributed to children in developing countries around the world, to provide them with access to knowledge and opportunities to explore, experiment and express themselves by using constructionist learning. The laptop is developed by the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) social welfare organization.
For more information about One Laptop per Child go to: http://www.laptop.org
For more information about ‘constructivist learning’ go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constructi ... _theory%29
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constructi ... ng_methods

In a school in northern Thailand 23 laptops are being deployed to children with an age ranging from 8-12 years old. They will come together four or five times a week together to work with their XO laptop. This means that the children will be doing creative learning projects covering their school subject such as maths, writing, art, biology and music. A project can for example be a simple research about bugs around their school using the XO laptop in combination with field research. The students can use the XO for taking photos and using the internet (Thai wikipedia) for research about the different bugs they have found on the school grounds. Another example what the children can do is to use the XO laptop to make music with the music program (Tamtam) on the laptop. They could compose their music themselves and work on a presentation. These are just some examples about the possible activities and projects.

Even though the volunteer most likely wouldn’t speak Thai, the main job is to support the Thai teacher (who speaks great English) and to oversee the projects and to make sure that there is a full use of constructionist learning. The volunteer will be working closely with the teacher to develop creative projects for the students to work on. The projects should be inspired by the students’ ideas as well from the ideas and experience from the volunteer and the teacher. The Thai school system has, compared with the western school style, a more passive approach to learning. This means that the students are not as used to come up with their own ideas or follow trough exploring an interest they may have. We believe that with the help of an enthusiastic volunteer there can be created a new project-based way of learning full of creativity and where the students are inspired to explore and learn in a fun environment.

The volunteer will help come up with basic ideas for projects and will guide the teacher and students in exploring what they could do with that subject. It is most important to let the students use their own imagination and to position yourself and the teacher as an explorer guide. You will do simple projects where a little research about an object or a subject is done online and then made in a small display or show with art and realia.

The volunteer will also participate in a separate e-learning project offering English practice to novice monk students. Again this is in a supervised environment yet with a lot of room for personal input.

The candidate does not require teaching qualifications but should have an interest in education and a basic knowledge of computers and the internet. Most importantly they should posses an enthusiasm for helping children develop their creativity and active learning skills. A feeling for Art and/or Music would be a benefit. While not required to be a native speaker they should possess good English skills in speaking, reading and writing.

The candidate will be given lodgings and will receive support and instruction from both the local teachers running the project as well as the project facilitator, Jildou Brouwer. All up the position is for 25 - 30 hours per week with plenty of free time to explore this beautiful area. A scooter is provided for transport.

This is a great opportunity to be involved with an early implementation of the world famous OLPC children’s laptop. What we learn from this project could well be useful be for future projects around Thailand and even the wider developing world in an ongoing effort to help children develop themselves through the great power of LEARNING.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact Jildou Brouwer at: jildou.brouwer@gmail.com
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