[OLPC-Philippines] Content Development and Curriculum Integration
cherry.withers at gmail.com
Mon Nov 9 18:09:04 EST 2009
Hahahaha. Just thought how ironic this statement was " I was trying to stay
away from too much US-centric lessons to adopt it to a world wide community.
now that I read it since most, if not all, of the standards on that website
is US-centric. :-)
On Mon, Nov 9, 2009 at 2:00 PM, Cherry Withers <cherry.withers at gmail.com>wrote:
> Hi Caroline,
> This is great! Now where to begin? :-)
> I'm thinking we could begin with a 4th grade curriculum. I'm hoping to get
> this from UP Integrated School. Ryan's mailing me one (unfortunately it's
> only in hard copy) and I'll ask for another copy. I've chosen this grade for
> a baseline because Squeakland's education team is already starting work on
> this. I used the Standards that I found on this website when I was thinking
> of projects to do with Etoys for the subjects that I mentioned:
> http://www.education-world.com/standards/ . I was trying to stay away
> from too much US-centric lessons to adopt it to a world wide community.
> Admittedly, I have not read the ClassActs manual extensively so I have not
> done independent research on this. But I am hoping for examples on how the
> other Sugar activities are used, which ones are popular (therefore easier
> for the teachers to adapt to and integrate), mesh networking use, etc. in
> the classroom. I have not looked at the available Sugar Activities/ Apps
> recently but are there any teaching tools that can substitute for existing
> pen and paper use like: a multiple question creator app, graphing paper app,
> a grading/report card app?
> When I was brainstorming this in the past, I was looking at the browse,
> camera, read and write apps but there may already be new apps to consider.
> Will send you a sample of my initial draft of the Squeakland courseware.
> I'm still working on the detailed lesson plans for them.
> P.S. Pssst! Hey there community!! Chime in! Would need your inputs here as
> On Mon, Nov 9, 2009 at 11:11 AM, Caroline Meeks <
> caroline at solutiongrove.com> wrote:
>> I'd love to help! I'm getting exactly the same feedback from the schools
>> I am talking to. "How does it fit in with our curriculum and testing
>> I think even just very concrete and compelling examples of how it can be
>> used with very rigid curriculum/standards would be helpful.
>> How can I help?
>> On Mon, Nov 9, 2009 at 12:53 PM, Cherry Withers <cwithers at ekindling.org>wrote:
>>> Hi Caroline,
>>> One of the things that Ryan and Sandeep have found out during the course
>>> of talking to various educators is how this technology (both hardware and
>>> software) will work with existing curriculum.
>>> I'm working with the Squeakland education team in developing a baseline
>>> curriculum integration of Etoys for 4th graders. I took on the task of doing
>>> it for the subjects: Social Studies (Geography, Economics, History, Civics)
>>> and Health, but can expand this in other subjects. In the next few months my
>>> work will be tailoring some of these projects to the Philippine curriculum
>>> and will include the use of Sugar activities and apps as well. This will be
>>> useful in future pilots and deployments as guidance is critical when we deal
>>> with rigid curriculum in some (if not most) of the classrooms.
>>> I know you've work extensively on the use of Sugar in the classroom and
>>> my team and I are hoping for your help and guidance on this as we develop
>>> our lesson plans.
>>> P.S. I started a FlossManual called SugarEtoysCurriculum and would be
>>> populating it in the next few months. I hope to get contributions from the
>>> community on this. Take care all!
>> Caroline Meeks
>> Solution Grove
>> Caroline at SolutionGrove.com
>> 617-500-3488 - Office
>> 505-213-3268 - Fax
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