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February 2016: GVI Laos Monthly Achievement Report: Computers

By Luke Tavener 8 months ago
Categories Luang Prabang

February 2016: GVI Laos Monthly Achievement Report: Computers

Objectives:

• To provide access to computers and increase computer skills for under privileged students
• Improve student’s general English language ability
• Offer employment opportunities and trainings to local people in the community
• To provide equal educational opportunities for both females and males

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Last December, GVI Laos purchased eight brand new laptops, mice, mouse pads and carry cases, from the money raised from our Annual Charitable Trust Challenges and one off donations. These laptops are not only injecting a bit of excitement into the classroom, increasing student engagement and challenging them to use the English language in a new way, they’re also being used to teach important transferable skills. They are currently being used in a plethora of classes, including our Novice Monk classes, female only workshops, children’s English classes and our adult college classes.

Beginner Novice Monks at Wat Mano, one of the temple schools our volunteers teach at, have been learning rudimentary computer skills and basic computer terminology. The majority of these students have never used a computer before, as many come from the rural parts of Laos, and it has been incredible to see their faces light up when they realize that they are the ones controlling the mouse on screen through their movements on the trackpad.

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On the other end of the spectrum, our more advanced students have been using the laptops for presentation construction, essay writing, CV drafting, research and report writing. Last month students at Xayadeth College were extremely proud after the completion and successful delivery of their very first presentations, after spending weeks learning fundamental PowerPoint skills.

The laptops are also being used in conjunction with our recently purchased Cambridge certified Face2Face English curriculum books in many of our classes. Each book came with it’s own interactive CD. These have allowed students to further extend and practice the four key language skills, speaking, listening, reading and writing, in a different, yet interactive and engaging medium.

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We are looking forward to seeing how these new laptops improve and extend our student’s English abilities and opportunities. We are also currently in the process of developing a computing curriculum for the students, which will focus on basic computer functionality, Microsoft Office training and the correct and appropriate use of the Internet. This curriculum will fully prepare the students for the technological challenges they may face in all future employment.

Written by Field Staff Member Luke Tavener