It was a normal day at Bijra High School, Ratnadeep ( rtnpro ), Bappi and Harsh went there with their notebooks all running on Fedora 10. It was the previous day’s fiasco in Std. V that made rtnpro think that the kids need to enjoy the computers and then start learning the boring theory. So, he talked with Subhodip Biswas and decided to go to Bijra High School with notebooks, to make the classes more interactive. As expected, when they went to Std. VII, they all jumped up to their feet to see the DGPLUG guys opening our notebooks infront of them. Bappi and rtnpro showed them how to start the computer, how to login, explained the username-password relation with lock-and-key analogy. Then Rangeen Basu Roy Chowdhury and Shreyank Gupta from NIT Durgapur arrived at Bijra High School. Then the class was continued. Bappi and Ratnadeep ( rtnpro) showed the kids some cool KDEedu applications like Marble, Kbruch, played Videos, Songs, pictures, showed the kids themselves on the Laptop screen with Cheese. In between, Harsh was so frustrated that he was dying to teach apart from taking pics. Lucky, for him he found that the kids understood Hindi and he right away dived in to interact with the kids. We did it in groups. They were all elated. Then they were taken to the lab in two groups. There Bappi, Rangeen and Shreyank took charge. Shreyank also mended the mouse-cut wires of the speakers, and made them functional. He started showing to the students some cool Nat-Geo videos, while others were on the other comuters with Bappi and Rangeen trying their hands on TuxPaint. Meanwhile, Ratnadeep and Harsh went to Std. VI with our notebooks. It was kind of the same response as we received in Std. VII. As in Std. VII, we showed them how to start a computer and do login. We also showed some cool applications like Marble, Kbruch, videos, music and pics. They were all enjoying the class. They now seemed really serious in learning this computer subject. It was around 3 PM that we wrapped up the classes. We introduced Rangeen and Shryank to Nizam Sir, the HeadMaster at Bijra High School. Then we got the 3:15 PM bus to Durgapur.
Thus a normal day at Bijra turned out to be a great successful day for both us and the students of Bijra.