What happens when kids get their hands on computers for the first time

Just wanted to share these shots of the first class we held in Hinche with the XO laptops. I was a little worried at first about whether or not the lesson plan would work – I’d decided to allow the kids to spend basically the entire two hour class taking photos, and there’s definitely a risk there of people getting bored. Fortunately, that didn’t happen. Instead, over the course of the class, I saw them grow more comfortable with the computers, coming up with more creative ideas the more time they spent. Check out the learning experience:

At first, the kids stood around uncertainly, snapping shots of their own faces and friends.

At first, the kids stood around uncertainly, snapping shots of their own faces and friends.

Then, they began tentatively experimenting with different ways to hold the laptops.

Then, they began tentatively experimenting with different ways to hold the laptops.

The laptop cameras only face one way, so if you want to take a photo of something in front of you you have to get creative.

The laptop cameras only face one way, so if you want to take a photo of something in front of you you have to get creative.

People got more and more innovative with the different angles they could take photos from.

People got more and more innovative with the different angles they could take photos from.

Then, someone got the idea to strike a pose

Then, someone got the idea to strike a pose

Some of the kids went upstairs and took turns posing  with a pair of glasses.

Some of the kids went upstairs and took turns posing with a pair of glasses.

One of the teachers invited the kids to stand on the rock for photos. He was really proud of coming up with the idea.

One of the teachers invited the kids to stand on the rock for photos. He was really proud of coming up with the idea.

Later, many of the girls in the rock photos called themselves princesses and mermaids when they went to name the photos on the computers.

Later, many of the girls in the rock photos called themselves princesses and mermaids when they went to name the photos on the computers.

Finally our young photographers were so confident, they even borrowed a motorcycle as a prop.

Finally our young photographers were so confident, they even borrowed a motorcycle as a prop.

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Okay, done with the photo op for now. On to the next wild ride!

Okay, done with the photo op for now. On to the next wild ride!

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