The OpenSchool is open: the first trial lesson at a school in Nigeria is a success! — Steemit

The OpenSchool is open: the first trial lesson at a school in Nigeria is a success!

in openschool •  9 months ago

Yesterday, I had the honor to teach Physics (Energy and Work) to a class located in Nigeria.  

The first lesson provided by the Openschool was a success. I am very glad about that because this session was kind of a trial for the project, and what came out of it is really encouraging! 

Their teacher sent me a note just after the lesson concerning the feedback of the students:  
The feedback from the student was amazing. They really enjoyed the way the lesson was delivered despite the bad connection, and they are already looking forward to the next class.  

I was personally quite amazed by the willingness of the students to learn. The school being located in a financially defavorised area of Nigeria, we had a difficult internet connection, yet despite this, we kept on, and the messages passed in both ways. Check the video below for an excerpt of the lesson: Admire the enthusiasm of the kids, despite the poor internet connection.   

@obamike, their local teacher is working with me now to improve this connection. If you wish to help us with that, please check the last section of this post.   

During this 90 minute lesson, we went through the concepts of Work and Energy. When I asked what was energy, I was quite amazed by the answer. One of the students replied “Energy is the ability to do work!” Perfect answer! @Obamike must be quite a teacher! 

So we dug deeper, defining work as a being  transfer of energy, and then carrying out an exercise that involved concepts borrowed from kinematics, Newton’s laws and of course work and energy. I took this opportunity to show them how some problems can be solved in multiple ways: there is often more than one route to the solution of a problem. 

After the success of this first contact, @obamike and I have agreed on making this a regular event. Our next session will occur in two weeks, and from then on, will become a weekly meeting. 


Call for teachers! 

Are you a teacher? Do you support developing this idea of building a network of teachers which could share their knowledge across high schools all around the world? 

Then, join us!  Think about how you could contribute and contact me on discord (@muphy). 

We are looking for:

_ Teachers willing to provide free lessons to schools in remote areas using the communication magic of the Internet. These teachers need to have access to a good internet upload speed to allow flawless Skype conversations (at least from their side). It is recommended also to have access to a white board (real or virtual).

_ Teachers willing to allow other teachers entering their classroom and therefore having their students exposed to a different perspective about the topic taught.  

All topics taught in high school are welcome.  If you contact me, I will add you to a database of teachers, and when I find a match, I will put you in contact so that you can set-up a schedule. All posts related to this initiative will be upvoted at full power by the @openschool account. If you have any questions: @muphy on discord. 



Do you find this initative amazing? I do! I am so glad I have met @Obamike, that really shares with me the vision of the openschool. And now, things are happening ! 

Still, we are faced with technical challenges. We need 

  • as No1 priority, to improve the internet connection by taking an expensive subscription at the local Internet provider, and if not possible, consider a satellite system. 
  • To purchase a permanent beamer for the school (or a very large screen): as you can see on the pictures, we are running on a laptop with a pretty small screen… At the end of the lessons, all students were agglomerated onto  the laptop, and some in the back couldn’t see well what was going on.  
  • Purchase small equipment as microphones and loudspeakers to improve the sound quality perceived by the students.  

 Would you like to help us? Multiple possibilities:  

  1. Follow the @openschool and upvote our posts (including this one) at full power.
  2. Delegate Steempower to the @openschool account.
  3. Transfer SBD or Steem to the @openschool account.

Steemians carrying out Actions 2 and 3 will be mentioned in our posts as active supporters of the @openschool. The money generated would be used to overcome the technical challenges we face (Improving the internet connection, purchasing a beamer or large screen, purchasing small equipment to improve sound intelligibility in the classroom).   



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This is such a great project. I hope you get lots of new teachers in the near future.
Teaching people who may have difficulties accessing education is one of the best thing our countries can do to help the world become a better place.
Well done!

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Unfortunately I'm not really close to the education sector so I can't say I know teachers personally.
I would have knowledge of telecommunications and software engineering myself but my main problem is time.
With a full time job and a young family to keep me busy I find it already difficult enough to write one post a week.

I could advertise the openschool project in my oldest son' school but he is in primary school.

This is definitely a project that's worth pursuing though. Maybe I could investigate with our department of education over here to see if they would be willing to help in finding teachers in Ireland.

Any material would be of help I think.
What about an openschool website? Maybe I could help here.

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Absolutely @irelandscape, thank you!

Let me know if any of the teachers you might know could be interested. I wrote a post about a call for teachers just now: https://steemit.com/education/@muphy/openschool-call-for-teachers

Thank you also for proposing to help with a website. I will keep that in mind. For now, the Openschool is just an embryo, but if it grows with multiple links, we will definitely need a website. Your help then would be highly appreciated!

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Teaching people who may have difficulties accessing education is one of the best thing our countries can do to help the world become a better place.

Olivier, I so agree with you on this one! Years ago, I had a 1-on-1 chat with a very known alternative French politician (Jose Bove). I asked him this: the world can't help putting itself into inextricable messes. What is wrong?

He answered with one word: Education. So simple, and that's what it is. Education is of course key ...

So this is my drop in the ocean. But a drop is not enough, I would like to at least contribute for a good gallon. This is why I am working on trying to find other teachers with the vision that @obamike and I share. Any chance you know some in your surroundings ?
:-)

@muphy this can be revolutionary if it could succeed. Still millions don't get access to quality education. Purchasing gadgets would be of no use if you have no perfect planning. If have a long term visions, we can do many things in which our governments proved to be failure. All the best!

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Thank you @sathyasankar. The "gadgets" are needed here though. With a tiny screen laptop for a full class, the students can't get most of it.

I know by experience thatm when online, a good connection and comfortable viewing conditions are essential to get the difficult notions across (I have many "Skype" 1-on-1 students, and that is what I observe)

Wow @muphy that is awesome distance is not a issue anymore we are more inter connected than ever this was a huge success seeing the kids learning makes me happy :)

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Yes Blazing., This is the magic of the Internet. I used it the first time in 1995 (irc chat) since, it never ceased to amaze me.!

Dear friend! Next time also use #wafrica and follow @wafrica to get an upvote on your quality posts!

Hello! I find your post valuable for the wafrica community! Thanks for the great post! @wafrica is now following you! ALWAYs follow @wafrica and use the wafrica tag!

wow very excellent post Thanks for sharing i will done upvote..

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