Friday, July 17, 2009

XXX

So, these are the challenges from Week Nine:

Challenge #1: I caught a student googling porn sites at the library afterschool.
Immediate Solution: Temporarily revoked his laptop privileges, Wireless Internet disconnected for all, unless I am present or until I am convinced that there will be adequate adult supervision in the library.
Longterm Solution, Option A: Anyone know how to set internet filters on the Linksys Cisco Wireless G router? I hate to do it, but I feel like not doing it would be negligent.
Longterm Solution, Option B: Let the internet go (direct donated funds to other school laptop needs) and encourage students to use preloaded Wikipedia content for research needs. The wireless internet is helpful for upgrading software on the XO, but those upgrades are optional. And the donation of internet services for the library was only to pay through the end of this year. Given the current government finances, it remains highly unlikely that the Ministry of Education will decide to start paying for the library's broadband service in the year ahead. The librarian doesn't even want to ask them until the new budget begins in October.

Challenge #2: The librarians still hesitate to run with the laptop program. They were too tired to run the laptop classes they planned to run during the school break. They keep asking for "another training." And it is a pattern that they are then absent on the day we schedule the training. It does little to build my confidence about their ability to oversee internet usage.
Solution: Remove the added burden of internet supervision from their responsibilities by disconnecting the internet?

Challenge #3: I think I posted a blog about the Teacher Maintenance Class. And how one of the teachers present volunteered to teach those who couldn't attend because of sports training commitments. Well, that teacher kept a copy of the 8.2OS USB to demonstrate the reflash process. And two weeks later, that USB had his class files on it and no sign of the Operating System. Doesn't exactly inspire trust and faith in how that school will maintain their laptops.
Solution: There is a theme to many of these posts about challenges/solutions: LET THE STUDENTS RUN THE PROGRAM. If we eliminate the need for adults to supervise internet usage, the students are fully capable and interested in managing this program. Keep this in mind every step of the way and use their enthusiasm to make teachers' and librarians' jobs easier.

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