Archive for March, 2009

Class at Bijra High School on 6/3/2009

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

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.

Class at Bijra High School on 4/3/2009

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

It was lucky to get the 11:20 B-Zone bus to Kataberia. People who went to Bijra? Ratnadeep (rtnpro), Kishan, Bappi, Meejanur, Harsh ( with his digikam). They reached the school by 12:00 PM. We called the Std. VIII students in groups in the Computer Lab. Bappi and Kishan took charge of the lab. Basically, it was kind of a recapitulation or better introductory class for the Std. VIII students. The students were introduced to the OpenOffice Writer and later they had some hands-on with TuxPaint. Ratnadeep and Meejanur went to Std. V to take theory. O Gash! It was some different Std. V than the last time we saw it, full of din and bustle. They started the speak on the topic CPU and its components. Don’t know what happened, was it that they could not communicate the topic nicely or the kids were in a mood of fun, the class could not continue. The two talked on this matter to their teachers and asked for their cooperation to make the students more disciplined. Then it was the half day break. After that, there was the computer lab for the students of Std. VI and Ratnadeep and Bappi went to Std. VII. The students were serious. The class was responsive and inquisitive. Some interesting questions were being asked :

Can I see what’s in my friend’s bag with a computer?

How to start a computer?

How to play games in computer?

As always, Bappi gave a nice brief introduction on the basics of a computer. And Ratnadeep spoke on the WHY part … Why to study computers? How it will make their education a fun? How info was shared before the advent of computers , mobiles, phones and what it is now? All this time, Harsh was on the move taking the pics for the day’s Bijra report. We were about to end the class, but we had to end it in an unusual manner when we heard the horn of the 3:15 PM Bus back to Durgapur. Ratnadeep shouted for the Bus to wait, he and Bappi bade them goodbye and ran for the bus. They called the others and finally boarded the bus. The students were all gathered near the windows to bid them Good Bye.