OLPC Oceania/Training/Lesson Plans/Introduction to Activities

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This is a lesson plan for facilitators of OLPC Oceania trials and roll-outs in the Pacific Islands region, associated with OLPC Australia and OLPC New Zealand. For more information on OLPC Oceania click here. For the full list of lesson plans, click here

This training programme is based on the schedule used in PNG as part of the “8-country trials”. It constitutes the minimum teacher training input recommended. It would be preferable to increase the time allocated to this training substantially. We recommend that even in deployments where only one class is receiving laptops, all the teachers in the school should be trained. (In fact, they will probably demand to be trained!!). In addition, if any education officials are present, they can also be trained at the same time. Feedback: At Drekikir in PNG, the Head Teacher invited his counterparts from two nearby primary schools and the District Education Advisor and District Standards Officer.

OLPC Oceania Teacher Training: Lesson 3: Introduction to Activities

This training is designed to give the teachers enough knowledge of the XO to allow them to help each other and sustain self-learning.

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After this lesson, participants will:

  • Know about each activity in the G1G1+Speak pack supplied,
  • Have at least a basic skill level in the most popular activities
  • Understand at least the concept of sharing activities and inviting
  • Have enough confidence to learn more, through sharing and consulting with other teachers and students
  • Start to think about integrating XO activities into the classroom

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The following user guides are available:

Feedback: The Getting Started guide is preloaded on the XO; Start the browser and find it in the library


  • If possible, have a few printed, bound copies of the "Getting Started" guide for the school office. At 103 pages it may not be practicable to give one to each teacher.


  • One XO per teacher/participant. It is recommended to provide laptops already prepared with names and colours entered. Otherwise, this can distract from the training. Laptops should be fully charged beforehand.
  • Facilitator needs 2 XOs to demonstrate
  • School server if available with active antenna to enhance collaboration

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Facilitators will have read the entire "Getting Started" guide and be familiar with the XO, epecially:

  • all the loaded activities
  • how to share and invite
  • the few known bugs (click here to list a few)


  • Trainees will have completed the Introducing the XO lesson


The training will involve the following techniques:

  • Demonstration
  • Learning by doing
  • Feedback and reinforcement

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Working with large classes/groups

This lesson requires a more student focused approach. The facilitator can explain what the demonstration will be, then each co-facilitator can demonstrate to smaller groups.

Lesson Plan

The lesson will be mainly a series of demonstrations, "learning by doing" and feedback. We start with a recap of experiences so far. This lesson follows OLPC_Oceania#Teacher_Training lesson 2

Reflecting on what we have learned so far


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Summarise learnings so far, and highlight starting and stopping activities (including from the Activity tab of an activity)

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Spend 20 minutes starting and stopping activities

Introduction to the more accessible activities

For each activity below, the facilitator (or facilitators, if divided into groups) can demonstrate 2-3 activities them allow time for trainees to experiment themselves. It is recommended to start in the order below.

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Remind the trainees that the laptops are intended for young children. This is not an office computer! When you try the activities, imagine the kinds of skills a 6 year old would be acquiring

Initially trainees start the activities on their own:



  • Typing and speaking back
  • Changing to another dialect (point out that local languages could be set up)



  • Increase the volume control
  • Change instruments
  • Start and change drums



  • Taking photos and naming them
  • Point out the video and audio
  • Changing to/from full screen
  • Saving and retrieving photos in the Journal (this introduces the Journal)



  • Writing text and changing font size and colour
  • Inserting a photo from the Journal
  • Inserting a table
  • Saving and retrieving a file
  • Reading a Word document (insert a flash drive with a suitable file)


Demonstrate (this is a suggestion, use your own creativity!!)

  • Select paint brush and draw some black lines, make a closed shape
  • Select bucket tool
  • Change colour to bright red
  • Use bucket tool to fill
  • Select a star shape and create a star
  • Change colour again, select bucket tool and fill the star bright yellow
  • Insert an image from the Journal
Spend some time showing how the colour selection tool works, including the colour dropper tool

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  • Write these activities on the board
  • Trainees go back and try these activities, facilitators assist
  • Allow a good hour for this
  • Start to point out sharing, especially to the quicker trainees


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Assignment 1

  • Using the Neighbourhood View, locate a few friends sitting nearby and add them to the Friends View.
  • Start any activity, and locate the "Activity Tab" at the top and click it. Now change "Private" to "My Neighbourhood". What can you see on the Neighbourhood View?

Assignment 2

  • Close all activities and reboot.
  • Start the Chat activity
  • Go to your friend's view and select someone and "Invite" them
  • Look at the Home page on your friend's laptop. What can you see?

Now introduce and demonstrate sharing: 

The following allow an easy entry point into sharing activities. If possible show how to make friends with a small group, and then invite from the Friends' View.



  • Start and share with My Neighbourhood
  • Reload game
  • Load different game (Sounds)



  • Start and do sum sums
  • Point out that they should use the cursor rather than the keyboard
  • Change to scientific calculations
  • Now share



  • Sharing using the photo mode in Record
  • For fun, have one teacher outside with another facilitator, get them to share photos so that it is obvious


Demonstrate Chat with two laptops

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  • Write these activities on the board
  • Trainees go back and try these activities with sharing and inviting, facilitators assist
  • Allow a good hour for this



This was a long session and the trainees will need time to absorb what they have learned, and try things out at their own pace. 

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  • Try some of the other activities and find out what they do
  • Use the Browse activity to locate the Library and find one book to tell the class about later
  • Find and read the "Getting Started" guide in the Library, using the Browser
  • When you are home, see if you can see any other XOs in youir Neighbourhood View. If so, share some activities and see if they join in

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Facilitators summarise what has been learned today