Travel School is a Mobile School

We will travel throughout Indonesia to visit schools and community groups who want offline access to quality educational resources. We hope that sufficient funding will enable this to be a free service for those who cannot afford the investment.

We hope to have a vehicle large enough that we can bring equipment with us that the children would not normally have access to, such as microscopes, robots or rapid prototyping, to use in our lessons.

Possible Implementation:

Spend two weeks with four schools within one community:

In advance: Determine the existing computing resources & knowledge, what they need help with, why they want offline materials, their dreams/plans and who will be involved.

In the community: Visit each school to setup the offline server, then teach all classes at one school with 2 teachers, 2 teaching assistants and 4 students from each school (8 x 4 = 32 people).

We teach the first class, with only teachers & assistants, all acting as students. Then we repeat 2 to 3 times with actual students.  With each successive class, the teachers take over leading more & more of the class. Ideally, the classes are spaced so that we can review the previous class, resolve problems and then teach the next class better. (ex. 1 hour class, 30 minute review, repeat.)

We believe that teaching is a community effort so, where possible, we would like to use the school’s most senior students as teaching assistants for the lower grades.  With a little luck, we can find people in the community who have a passion for tech & teaching and can help the school on an ongoing basis.

 Optimistic Two-Week Schedule:

Days 1 : Representatives from all locations gather for training on the offline system and to review the plan.

Days 1 – 4: Visit each school to:
– Meet people & learn about the school.
– Review the ICT infrastructure and setup the offline server in each school.
– Provide basic ICT instruction & how to use the offline server.

Day 5: Offline materials as an instruction.
– For example, using a set of microscopes with cameras (that we bring with us or show how to make a microscope from a handphone).
– Students have previously been asked to bring in a piece of any plant or insect that interests them.
– The offline server has the lesson plan, laboratory procedure, worksheets and instruction on how to use the microscopes.
– We show them how to find, read & follow the instructions on the offline server to take photos of their samples & save their photos on the server.

Day 6: Offline materials as a reference resource.
– The students research their subject (sample) and try to explain what they saw through the microscope.
– This is written on paper or electronic document.

Day 7: Creation of a blog (either online or on the offline server).
– Students create a blog post that includes their photos and text.

Day 8: Social media & commenting.
– We explain how to make constructive and interesting comment on social media, how to not be a bully and defend those who are bullied.
– The students then read each other’s blog posts and make comments.
– End with a short discussion of how the comments made them feel.

Day 9: Create a quiz or website.
– Quiz or game: Using the photos taken the first day, create games with those photos, such as a multiple-choice quiz to guess what each photo is.
– Website: Create a website for their class or school, showing how pages are different than blog posts and have the students create some interesting pages about their school, community.

Day 10: Review
– Review the week with each class, what they liked & didn’t like about using the server and how we did the lessons. Review with the administration & teachers.

Ongoing Support

Our initial target is areas with some internet access so that we can provide ongoing support via:

Weekly Chat: Weekly chat via WhatsApp or other medium to provide new information and answer questions.

Online Support & Sharing Forums:  Teachers can support other teachers.  We will answer questions there as well.

Online & Offline FAQ: We plan to provide offline archive copies of the forums so that all teachers can search for solved problems.

Community Support: We plan to choose communities based on their requests and the recommendations of others.  Where possible we want to find people who are enthusiastic about tech to locally help the teachers & schools.

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