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An overview of the development of children over a few months in a 'stand alone' SOLE [Self Organized Learning Environment]. This is in a community where illiteracy is the norm, children study in......

An overview of the development of children over a few months in a 'stand alone' SOLE [Self Organized Learning Environment]. This is in a community where illiteracy is the norm, children study in schools that are not supportive, English is not their medium of instruction and nor are there "grannies" from the Granny Cloud. This what they can accomplish with 2 computers and intermittent internet.

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  • 1. Suneeta Kulkarni www.solesandsomes.wikispaces.com
  • 2. When they first came…. • Barely recognized the English alphabet • Could read only 3-4 words • Could not write their own name in English • Did not know how to use a computer • Did not know how to use the internet
  • 3. What they did to begin with… • PAINT • • • • • Number games Picture matching Alphabet games Word games Listened to stories & songs Pattern recognition games • [and learned the names of colours and objects]
  • 4. Despite going to school… • Could not read a simple passage • Nor answer questions on it • Rely on rote or immediate imitation
  • 5. Just a few days later…. They were… • Playing games • Helping each other • Searching for more other material
  • 6. And a few months later… • can read about 75 words in English • Can sing songs • Can play games on the computer • Can use the computer and internet to search for games and answers to simple questions
  • 7. Some of the skills they are developing… • Learning to read & write in English • Not just rote, with understanding • Search for information on the internet • Cooperation ALL on their OWN!
  • 8. Manifestations of the children’s skills • Singing songs along with the computer • Figuring out how to play new games
  • 9. It may not help with Home Work, but….. • Learning to work together [collaboration] • Joy of learning! • Teaching another / sharing what they have learned • Learning about the world
  • 10. Initial activities relating to school work Matching Counting Subtraction Letters / Alphabets • Vocabulary • Pronunciation • • • •
  • 11. Look at what they can do… • Read a few words • Spell & write some words • Search for games & information • Navigate from one site to another • Be a little quieter… more helpful
  • 12. Skills they will need in the future • Reading & writing with understanding • Use computers & the internet • Getting information • Decision making
  • 13. So how is all this going to help? • Apply for a gas connection / mobile phone / ADHAR card • Go in for varied vocational training • Get admission to college • Get a job • Interact with people in different settings
  • 14. The same child…1 Supriya Before • Recognized only 2 or 3 English words • Could only copy from text • Didn’t know how to use the computer • • • • • • After Knows many different words Can spell/write her name in English Tries out different activities Can play many games Shows others how to play a game Sings songs in English
  • 15. The same child…2 Basu • • • • Before Couldn’t spell his name Recognized only a few words Didn’t know how to use a computer Worried about ‘failing’ • • • • After Spells his name easily Uses the computer with ease Tries out different games More confident