Phonics Flash Cards and Children's Theater; DIY Solar and Roma and Kiyavilo
- Fred Kayiwa and I chatted today about another $100 project that I wish to
fund. Fred is interested in working with his children's theatre:
He suggested doing a $100 project with them.
And I'm happy for his work this year to try out my "Four Corners" phonics
I'd like to pursue the flash cards further, especially because of my focus
on education this coming year.
So I thought to combine the two ideas and Fred is interested. I'm asking
Fred to teach the children's theater to play with the flash cards and
instruct other children; and then to make use of their theatrical
creativity to teach children who might be interested in playing with them,
and see if they might catch on.
I brought some of my flash cards to the Roma community's church meeting
that Corah and Malcolm Duerod attend and support here in Sarajevo, Bosnia.
Jasmin and others tried them out with me and I made some short videos.
You can see one here:
It's a simple time trial game. Take one card for the ending of a word
(like "im"), and run through the beginnings of the words ("b", "bl", "br",
"c=k", "c=s", "d" and so on), and see how long it takes you to read all
the words. Somebody can count the seconds it takes for you to do them all.
If you can do it within a certain amount of time, you win a prize! This
encourages you to practice. A child can train themselves without adult
participation. I'm interested whether this can catch on among Uganda's
children so that they can teach themselves.
Fred, I encourage you and me to engage Dennis Kimambo and Collins Odour of
REPACTED http://www.repacted.org because they have great practice in this
kind of community theater work.
Also, thanks to Malcolm, who is interested in business opportunities for
the Roma, I learned about their proficiency in fixing mobile phones and
Malcolm introduced me to Goran. I told him about the Includer and he is
interested to help. There is an electrotechnology institute in Sarajevo
and also EnergoInvest is a large company that builds electrical power
plants in Africa and around the world.
But as a first step it would be good to start with DIY Solar. Graham
Knight, I ask you please to mail some to Malcolm Duerod at our address
American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina
UNITIC Business Centre
Fra Andela Zvizdovica 1
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Malcolm will work with Goran so he can try them out. (Goran doesn't speak
English.) Goran agreed that there might be a market here for battery
rechargers or some application. It would be great if they might sell
something like that. Another business idea I suggest is that Goran and
others might find and repair hundreds of mobile phones for shipment to
Africa. What is the cheapest price for a used mobile phone in Africa?
I went to the market today and asked a vendor if I could take his picture
and put it on the Internet. He agreed and then in thanks I gave him 5
marks (about 3 dollars) which he accepted, and then in turn, he gave me a
Kiyavilo is back and touch. We chatted and talked on Skype. He's
studying computers and electronics and is interested in microprocessors.
Kiyavilo found an inexpensive one which, however, Ricardo noted is for
shipments in 1,000+. But I do have our Gumstix processor and it would be
great to send it to you, Kiyavilo, if you might try it out and tell us how
it works for you. I purchased it with money Ricardo gave in January, it
cost about $400 then. Kiyavilo, as we discussed, it would be great if you
might help Fred and others every Sunday afternoon with HTML and web design
Kiyavilo, would you be interested, I suggest that I send you $250 and our
Gumstix processor. $50 would be for any customs duties. The rest would
be for you to help at our chat room every Sunday afternoon for six months.
Fred would also be there for the first two months as part of his $100
project. Also, I would ask you Kiyavilo to engage students and teachers
you meet to work with us at our lab on these projects. This would be
great. Would you be interested?
Tuesday I travel to Serbia to visit Sasha Mrkailo and his family for New
Year's. January 11 I fly to Boston, Massachusetts to participate in the
One Laptop Per Child weeklong camp http://wiki.laptop.org/go/XOCamp_2
along with Edward Cherlin to work on his and our ideas for open source
electronic textbooks and learning materials, especially in mathematics.
Janet, it would be great to visit you after that ends on January 16,
perhaps with Barbara Horst.
Also, I suggest that we work with Peter Burgess, Peter Ongele, Samwel
Kongere, Dan Otedo and others on a malaria prevention research project
that might also help us work out ideas on "ownership" of projects. We
could pool our money, agree on goals, prepare for larger steps that might
include seeking outside funding or developing business opportunities.
Some more videos:
Video: Time Trial: Change the Second Card Take one card for the beginning
of a word (like "bl"), and run through the endings of the words for a
certain vowel sound (like "im", "it", "id", "ich", ...), and see how long
it takes you to read all the words. Somebody can count the seconds it
takes for you to do them all. If you can do it within a certain amount of
time, you win a prize! This encourages you to practice.
Video: Real or Imaginary? Read a set of words as above, but say, which are
real words, and which are imaginary words? or even naughty words.