[Etoys] {waveplace} new Etoys courseware; new pilots in Florida and Nicaragua

Timothy Falconer timothy at waveplace.com
Wed Jun 18 15:42:09 EDT 2008

Hi everyone,

Waveplace has finished its beta "Squeaky Tales" courseware ... 30  
lessons (with videos) that teach how to teach Etoys on the XO.   To  
see examples, or to become a beta tester, visit:


We took everything we learned in our first pilot (in the Virgin  
Islands) and started completely over.  The pacing is much better, as  
is the storytelling component, which was crucial in St John.  We're  
using the beta courseware in our three pilots this summer, and will  
then start completely over and make a physical textbook and DVD series  
(in English, Spanish, and French).  All will be sold at cost for  
physical materials.  (We're a non-profit.)

In other news, we held our first intensive teacher workshop last week  
in Immokalee, Florida.  The teachers are very enthusiastic.   For the  
next two months, they'll be using the courseware to teach 42 children,  
each of whom received their very own XO last week.  Larry Abramson  
from NPR spent a day with us, listening as we taught the teachers and  
later the children.

Lastly, we've just finished prep work for our 4th pilot ... this time  
on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua in a school that currently has no  
electricity.  If all goes well, we'll be starting that pilot in mid- 
July.   When this pilot finishs, Waveplace will have given both XOs  
and training to more than 100 children and 20 teachers.

For more on the Immokalee and Nicaragua pilots, or to hear about our  
Haiti pilot, read the current issue of our newsletter:


You can also subscribe to it by visiting:


Take care,

Timothy Falconer
Waveplace Foundation

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