12 July 2011 – Elliot Bawing

How ICT(Information and Communications Technologies) Tools are Making the World Smaller

 Left to right – Elliot, Vincent, Cahteriner, Dorcas

The invention of computers has contributed to the world becoming smaller. This is because computers help us to send and receive messages. Now a days, people hold the world in their hands. The computer also helps us to get to market our business on a network called the internet. You can also make video calls and chat with anyone from a different continent.

Also, the introduction of mobile phones have made the world smaller. Someone will ask why? this is because the mobile phone is also an easy way to access people all over the world. You can also send text messages and make a video and take pictures of people you like. You can us the mobile phone to browse the internet and for entertainment such as music, listen to radio etc.

The invention of the video cameras has also united the world and also helped in making the world smaller. The video camera takes pictures of people and loved one. It also stores videos of the past like the late Kwame Nkrumah and the independence of Ghana and Nelson Mandela of South Africa. The camera also passes videos and pictures through a wireless connection. And this helps to make the world smaller.

The introduction of radio has also made the world smaller. This is because the radio helps to transfer information all over the world. You can get information about what is going on at another country. You can share your views on matters concerning you or your country or other countries like Cote d’voire and the Libya crisis. And also for advertisement and listening to music.

The invention of television has also contributed to the world becoming smaller. Someone can ask how? This is because the television sends news live in your room. You can even see your favorite personalities interviewed right in front of your eyes. The 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP was shown to you right in your room as if your were at the place. You can even market your products on the television.

All the above points contribute to the world becoming smaller. Now you an get access to anything you want because the world is now in our own hands.

Bawing Elliott

Form 2 (Grade 8)

BASCO

Trotor, Ghana

Elliott is one of my favorite students in this class. He came the second term and his desire to learn made him stand out the first day he was here. He came to me and asked for notes for the two weeks he had missed. His essay also reflects some of the things Werner and I talked about in the class but I was impressed with his inclusion of world events like the Libyan crisis and Cote d’voire. He was one of the few students who tried to write a summary paragraph. Last his handwriting is neat and easy to read. Because mine is so terrible I always admire neat handwriting and as a teacher I love it when I don’t have to battle with the handwriting to understand the concepts written down.

-vc

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12 July 2011 – Dorcas Tetteh

 

Glodies Traditional Restaurant

Left to back – Werner, Derek, Eric Mintah, Francis

Right to back – Dorcas, Catheriner, Vincent, Elliot

Through the computer we can have  easy communication because we can chat with our pen pals, relatives etc. A digital camera helps us to send pictures of ourselves, perhaps the person we want to communicate with has forgotten us. News – people communicate on the radio and this is how they do it. Maybe a radio presenter wants to talk to an M.P. (Minster of parliament) he/she will communicate through the radio.

We can share experiences through the radio, for example. A radio presenter will bring out a topic then he/she will give a telephone number. Everyone will call and bring out his/her opinion about that topic. Through the DVD player we can share our experiences. Maybe new album is out. We can express our ideas on television. A question will be asked and maybe I will call and answer it and win a prize.

Radio can help us to spread information in a fast and easy way. eg. maybe my brother is lost so I will go to the radio station and tell them my story. They will make an announcement for me. A printer can also help us to spread information through the newspaper, magazines. The more people that buy them the more the information is spread. Television also helps us to spread information through the news.

Dorcas Tetteh

Form 2 (Grade 8)

BASCO

Trotor, Ghana

I was very happy with Dorcas’s essay. It is by far the best essay I have ever had from a female student in Ghana. Yes her grammar, spelling and sentence construction need some more work but her ideas were completely original. She really thought about how ICT(Information and Communications Technologies) tools can make the world smaller.

Although she didn’t  have an opening and closing paragraph like we talked about in class she did use her outline well. She had three areas she wanted to discuss – easy communication, shared experiences and fast spread of information. 

-vc

12 July 2011 – Vincent Nyadedzer

ICT Tools are Making the World Smaller

ICT(Information and Communications Technologies) Tools have helped us to communicate more easily. Chatting through the compute allows us to chat with people all over the world. Through the use of ICT tools now you can send emails on the computer to another person in USA. You can also use the computer to send pictures, videos and music to your friends. If has made the world smaller because you can even communicate with your friends and family even when they are not close to you. Through the mobile phone you can also communicate with your friends if they are outside the country.

 

Eric Mintah, Vincent Nyadedzer

They have also helped us to share experiences. Through the use of satellite you can watch the world coup together even if your mom and you are not in the same country or if you are far away from the host country. You can even get information from on the radio of what is going on in another country. At the same time if our mom or dad is in another country they will also get the same news. The the use of these things the world is becoming smaller.

ICT tools have helped speed up the spread of information. Through the use of the internet you can send information to people when something has just happened. But in the olden days you would have to write a letter on paper, walk and give it to the person. Through eh use of phones you can send messages to your friends outside the country. But in the olden days you needed to walk before you could give the message to the person. Through the use of a PA system it allows people to know what is going on in the town if a person is far away. Today the world is in a computer age because the use of computers, radio and phones are everywhere and this has made the world smaller. Even now if you are holding a phone or sitting bet side a computer the world is in your hands.

ICT has effected my life because now I can talk on the phone to someone and feel like I am physically talking. These tools have also made my communication very easier and faster.

 

Vincent Nyadedzer Kwabena

Form 2 (grade 8)

BASCO

Trotor, Ghana

Vincent comes from a middle class home. He has had access to computers and internet in his home for a few years. He’s very good with computers and taking a special computer class with my counterpart, Eric Mintah. Vincent listened well in class when I invited Werner for a discussion of how ICT tools helped him to stay in touch with his family and know what is going on in Germany. His essay reflects some of those ideas.

7 July 2011 – Form 1 at the Vodafone Internet Cafe

I was so excited I woke 15 minutes before my 6:15 alarm. I took my bath, dressed, ate breakfast and organized the things I wanted to take to Koforidua. Werner got up. Time dragged and at 7:25 I couldn’t wait for them to come at 7:30 so I walked down to campus. I found two of Vida and William sitting on the pump at the bore hole. They sent two of their mates to get Deborah and Frank.

 

Up at the house I had bread with margarine and some cold sachet water. I know it sounds awful but the kids love bread and never get cold water. I also know we were going to Goldie’s for lunch and there they could fill their bellies.  On my way to get Eric I walked by them eating on the porch and I saw Frank give his second piece of bread to one of the water boys.

 

If it takes 1 person 10 minutes to get ready to leave, it takes 2 people 20 minutes etc. After what felt like an hour to me we were all ready to go. The mentors, Werner, Eric and I and the children, Frank, Vida, Deborah and William headed down the path to the junction. At the junction we were lucky enough to find a tro tro that we could all fit in. I held back as Werner, William, Deborah, Frank and Vida disappeared somewhere in the tro. I dubious that the tro would hold us all but the other passengers urged me to get in. The five of them were in the backseat meant for three, Eric was in the jump seat in front of them and I took a seat behind the driver. I think Werner might have felt like he was in a clown car.

 

When it came time to pay the mate only made me pay for 6 of us instead of seven.

 

On the ride to Kof I heard Eric telling the children about the Vodafone Internet Cafe. “It’s air conditioned!” “You will meet big men there.” “The connection is so fast!” I think Eric was just as excited as I was about this trip.

 

We arrived at Kof and the cafe safe and sound. When we entered the cafe I took the kids step by step through buying the time, getting their Username and password and logging in to the Vodafone network. I proudly introduced the kids and my fellow mentors and told the Vodafone employee about the contest.

 

The students successfully logged into their computers and we began our first task – signing up for an Email account. The tutorial they had watched at school had said it would only take 10 minutes to sign up for an account. No way, I thought. Because of my experiences in the library with newbies, I knew 10 minutes was way too optimistic! I planned 30 but even that turned out to be optimistic!

 

Boy oh boy did we all have trouble with the Email accounts. Everything imaginable happened. The students were slow typist but I wanted them to gain experience so we had them type the information requested. Once after Vida had filled everything out she clicked to get her account and the whole tab disappeared. Of course she had to start all over again. Werner was working with William in Gmail and they kept getting the message that this page is unavailable. Everyone had trouble with the hidden letters. If you can read them it means you are human and not some program registering many spam accounts. I guess we were programs because we failed time and time again to decipher the letters and numbers. When the student didn’t get the numbers correct then the registration page came back. They then had to reenter their passwords and remove default setting like, “keep me signed in” and “share my email address with advertisers”. Luckily all the info the typed didn’t have to be reentered!  After 50 minutes everyone had an email account and they had started sending messages to each other.

 

Werner sent them a congratulatory Email with a link to the trailer for the new Pirates movie. This was a good introduction to YouTube! I had a couple of things they could search for – cat and dolphin and guitar lessons. Then they had a free for all. Their interests were immediately apparent. William was watching shots from Wimbledon. Vida was watching a female Ghanaian pop star. Frank was watching football (soccer). Last, Deborah was watching a woman singer as well.

 

I pulled them away from YouTube to show them Wikipedia and the Daily Graphic (Ghana’s major daily newspaper) but after YouTube these sites were snoozers! Note to self: Next time show the students YouTube last.

 

The excursion was very satisfying to me. The kids gained concrete skills. The girls especially could manipulate the mouse better and navigate around the computer screen with more confidence. They saw three different types of websites as well as getting an email account. On a more abstract level I hope I showed them the collaborative nature of the internet and exposed them to a larger world. It’s funny how ICT tools are making the world smaller but also making an individual’s world larger!

 

-vc

William Terkerpety – Form 1 BASCO

5 July 2011

          Today the world is like a computer because the use of this tool (computer, radio and even phone are everywhere. These days’ people just hold the world in their pocket. The reason for me saying this is that the use of all the above mentioned age becoming common all over the earth.

Computers today are on source of communication tool used across the globe. To send information though the computer (Internet) is faster than traditional mail. Through the Internet you can send information and within two or three minutes you get the reply. This same tool helps us listen to music from all over the world. It helps send information in a form of action to people from far away, to do this people use video cameras, for example we could use the BASCO network to send videos of our school to Madam Vicky in the USA.

There are many tools that are making the world smaller. Not only the computer but also mobile phones are making the world smaller. Mobile phones or the telephone network can relay not only voice but also pictures and written information as well. Telephones communicate over land, sea and air sometimes using high frequency microwaves.

Not only computers and telephones are making the world smaller but also cameras (still photos and videos) are involved when sending pictures through the internet. The camera, on the other hand, works like the computer when talking about making pictures. The reason is that people can send information in a picture through the video camera. We are able to see some important people from the past e.g. Nelson Mandela, Kwame Nkruma and Martin Luther King Jr. When special events happen with the help of cameras we set information about these events.

The world is becoming smaller because when all these tools are used, the world is contained in a netbook. Me saying this is not a joke, because, how can people put this large word or earth in their own pocket? Phones are not very expensive. Now the world has become an information and communication age because all of our daily lives depend on television, radio and computer. And people use the phone more than all the rest. I can say that the world is contained in a mobile phone.

William Terkpertey

Form 1 (Grade 7)

BASCO

Trotor, ER

Ghana

Vida Tetteh – Form 1 BASCO

 

5 July 2011

          In these days ICT(Information and Communications Technology) tools are making the world small through the radio. It was our first technology and was rapidly followed by television. We listen to radio and watch television, yet both share the common characteristics of broadcast media.

 

Now a days, ICT tools have made the world smaller through phones because the phone can help us to communicate with our friends, parents and other people. And also ICT tools in the form of computer software have been available for children to use in their homes for some time. Also we can use phones to snap pictures and send them to another country.

 

Vida Tetteh

Form 1 (grade 7)

BASCO

Trotor, ER

Ghana

 

 

Frank Appiah – Form 1 BASCO

5 July 2011

 

The introduction of computers to the world has made the world very small. Some can ask how? This is because you can get information and send information. Now a day’s people hold the world in their hands. With the help of the Internet you can market your goods on this network and as well as buy goods from all over the world. You can see important personalities through Facebook. You can also chat with your family and friends.

 

The invention of the mobile phone has also contributed to making the world smaller. This is because you can get information and also send information to people all around the world. You can call relatives and loved ones through the mobile phone. You can also send text messages to people around the world. You can use the mobile phone to entertain yourself by playing music, games and so on.

 

The introduction of television has also contributed to the world becoming smaller. This is because the television has become very common and some are so small you can even hold them in your hand. The television has united the world in so many ways, for example, you can listen and watch news from all over the world. You can see your favorite stars being interviewed right in front of you. You can also watch movies and educational programs on television. Also you can share your views on television. Something like the 2010 FIFA World cup was watched on television and it was as if you were in the stadium.

 

The invention of the radio has also contributed to making the world smaller. This is because the radio sends news to people all over the world. The radio also helps advertise businesses and products and so many things. The radio helps us to listen to music and comments of people.

 

The introduction of the camera has made the world very small. The camera is a device that no matter where you are standing you can have a good view at what is near to you. It helps you take pictures of loved ones. It also keeps memories like Kwame Nkruma, Nelson Mandela and so many important personalities.

 

All these tools have made the world become very small so that you can get pieces of information from all over the world.

 

Frank Asante Appiah

Form 1 (grade 7)

BASCO

Trotor, Ghana

 

Deborah Amalalo – Form 1 BASCO

5 July 2011

I am happy that the computer is now making the world smaller. Through the computer we can communicate with anyone in the world. Using the computer we can send email and pictures to family, friends and other people all over the world.

Books also can help me learn the history of other countries and about famous people from outside. I can also learn many other things from books like – English, Social Studies, Mathematice. From religious books i can learn religious songs and dances.

The phone also makes the world smaller; through the phone, which we can talk on, I can message to my friends and listen to foreign music. A person can make a phone call from people outside of ghana and feel happy to chat with everyone in the country.

Deborah Amalalo

Form 1(grade 7)

BASCO

Trotor, ER

Ghana

8 July 2011 – Essay Contest

Two weekends ago I decided to start an essay contest for Form 1 and Form 2 (Grades 7 and 8). We had been doing the same old things in class – ICT (Information and Communications Technology) theory and then practical application of that theory in the lab. I was bored and perhaps the students were bored as well. I felt the need to spice things up for my last month teaching in Ghana.

 

The other reason I wanted do a contest is that I still wanted to take some kids to the Vodafone Internet Cafe. My original plan was to take all of Form 2 in groups of 10. So many of you generously donated for that cause but between collecting the money and implementation of the plan things changed. In late June I learned that SBIG was going to donate an internet router to BASCO. Through discussions with them, the staff and my donors it was decided that the money I collected would be used to finance 6 months of internet access. This way students from BS 1 (grade 1) through Form 3 (grade 9) can all benefit from internet access. I was a bit disappointed because I thought it would be a blast to take the kids to an internet cafe for the first time, so I came up with this smaller and more manageable plan.

 

In the first class about the contest I gave the rules.

 

1) All work must be original

2) Topic: ICT tools are making the world smaller

3) You must submit

Brainstorming paper

Outline

First draft

Final paper

4) Write 5 or more paragraphs.

 

The prize would be an all expenses paid trip to the Vodafone Internet Cafe in Koforidua for four students – the top two girls and the top two boys.  They would have two hours on the internet where they would sign up for an email.

 

The rest of the class was devoted to brainstorming. I gave them the topic “ICT tools are making the world smaller.” I explained brainstorming to them then we brainstormed on the topic together in class.  I removed the rule that you must raise your hand before talking. First one or two answers were given. I wrote them on the board, and then the free for all started. Ideas were flying around the room and I could not catch them all to put them on the board.

 

Then we evaluated the ideas from the brainstorming session and made a list of ideas they could include in their essays. They wrote them down and handed them in for me to correct spelling. I know many of you will laugh at me correcting spelling but I had a dictionary!

 

Form 1 decided to attack the theme by talking about three ICT tools and some in Form 2 decided on a different approach. They picked three ways communication happened in a village and would show how ICT tools made the whole world able to communicate as if it were just a small village.

 

The next class I discussed writing a outline to help organize their thoughts. This concept was hard for them to grasp. I think some of it could have been my unfamiliarity with teaching English. I am sure a JHS English teacher would have a whole arsenal of weapons attack the subject with but alas I only had my one thought that an outline will help you get organize your ideas. As I learned after the next class, for many of the students the outline played no role in their first draft essays.

 

Last I collected their first drafts and edited them. The next class I handed back the edited essays and the students rewrote them during class period. We both liked this method. I think the kids liked the individual attention I gave them when they came to have my notes explained and I liked the idea that they would finish the essay in class, thus assuring they would do the final paper!

 

Werner, one of my German friends, helped me select the winners.  And I announced them after lunch in Form 1. Form 2 is still in the process of writing.

 

In the next post you can read about Form 1’s visit to the Vodafone Internet Cafe on Thursday 7 July.

 

-vc

 

10 July 2010 – Stranger in my cupboard

 Because this is the last month at my site in Sandema, today I decided to clean my clothes cupboard. I found a stranger there. And no Beth it wasn’t a man it was a woman! She had on pants and a short sleeved shirt. Her feet were always cold so she was wearing ankle socks. She had two pearl necklaces, a silver chain and a flip-flop necklace. She wore Jovan Musk on her wrists and behind her ears. She had on a Red Sox baseball cap and earrings. Her feet and knees hurt so much she took fish oil capsules twice a day.  Who was this stranger in my closet? It was me 2008!

 It was quite startling to be reminded of the person I was before I joined Peace Corps. I hadn’t even thought of my pearl necklaces in over a year – yet I wore them weekly when I was in the US. When I saw the pile of anklets I wondered why I wasted suitcase space for socks! I think I have worn socks 10 times in the past two years. I dabbed on my Jovan Musk and remembered mornings stepping out of the shower and applying powder and perfume. I can’t remember the last time I wore a pair of pants. Oh yes I wore my jeans one evening during the “cold” season in February. And the Black Stars of Ghana have taken over my heart as my favorite sports team. (Sorry Sox but I do still check your standings when I am on the net.)

 I wonder what other changes I will find or my family and friends will find when I return to the US for my month home leave?

 -vc

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