Dear Supporters, Our project continues to be blessed with good fortune thanks to your continued support. One such example was a spring visit by the Intel Education Service Corps (IESC). Intel Corporation selects high achieving employees to be part of this elite volunteer service corps and we would agree that they are the best of the best. To find out more about IESC, please check the link at the conclusion of this update. In preparation for IESC’s visit to Haiti, students from our Palmyra-Haiti Technology Project conducted a Skype interview of one of the IESC team members. Our Palmyra students had many good questions and IESC provided insightful answers and further inspired our students to continue their own service work to Haiti. Once on the ground in Haiti, the IESC worked at an intense pace. In the span of a week, they worked diligently to make significant improvements on the technology infrastructure of our schools and to conduct extensive student and teacher technology trainings. Here is a brief summary of some of what the Intel crew accomplished: • Serviced 50 of our laptops • Installed 23 software applications • Created lab number & inventory system • Trained librarian on Excel & created log file to manage books inventory • Conducted over 15 hours of training with 43 teachers (PC Basic, Introduction to Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Educational Software) • Developed Math based lesson plan & held first 2 math classes in computer lab • Inspired students and educators alike in Palmyra and Haiti! One of the highlights of the week was a combined Skype session between the students at the Palmyra Middle School and the students, staff and IESC crew at James Stine College in St. Marc. Students on both sides of the Skype session had prepared questions for each other and the IESC team. It was inspirational and a foreshadowing of more online collaborations to come in the future. The IESC team also provided us with a report of strengths and needs of the technology infrastructure at our schools. As in most developing countries, consistent and reliable Internet connectivity can be challenging and that continues to be an ongoing need. Your continued support helps maximize the yield of the fruits that were produced from the IESC’s amazing efforts. Together, we are making a difference in the lives of many! You can help us by sharing this update with others and by “liking” our Facebook project page at the link below this update. Thanks for your continued support and special heartfelt thanks to Intel!
Your support continues to bring us unique opportunities and good fortune for our project. This spring, those opportunities were plentiful.
In March, we were invited to share our project during our school district’s Palmyra Pride Showcase. Modeled after a craft fair venue, our project was well represented among many amazing displays. We even gave out free samples of Pikliz (spicy Haitian coleslaw) to share some of the culinary culture of Haiti.
In April, our project partnered with the Intel Education Service Corps (IESC) as they embarked on a visit to our schools in St. Marc, Haiti. IESC conducted trainings for students and teachers as well as provided many hours of volunteer service to provide technical support for our computer rooms at the schools. We were able to have Skype sessions with the Intel team prior to their trip and during their stay at James Stine College. We are extremely grateful for their generosity in giving of their time and talent to our project. More detailed information on the IESC visit will be presented in a future update. To find out more about IESC, please click the link at the end of this report.
As April drew to a close, our project was the keynote event at the annual Lebanon County Educational Honor Society (LCEHS) banquet. The theme for this year’s banquet was Educators Reaching Out to the World. We received a warm reception and generous contributions from banquet attendees.
May brought us the opportunity to have a Skype interview with Homa S. Tavangar. Homa is the author of the popular Random House Publishing book, Growing Up Global: Raising Children to be At Home in the World. Our students asked Homa a variety of interesting questions about her life and her upcoming book, The K-5 Global Education Toolkit. Our project will be one of the projects that Homa highlights in her upcoming book. More information about Homa and Growing Up Global can be found at the web link at the end of this report.
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I would like to introduce myself. My name in Nicole and I am one of the high school project managers for the Palmyra-Haiti Technology Project. As a student I am proud to have been involved with the project since the beginning. This project has given me the opportunity to learn about cultural differences and give back on a global level. It is truly amazing to see the growth and the community support behind our project since 2009.
Moving ahead, our middle school and high school groups have been working diligently. Although each of our school groups are separated geographically, we have been video conferencing via iPads. We have been able to accomplish a great deal through these conferences.
Some exciting times are headed our project’s way!
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As always, thank you for your continued support.
As we all move ahead to a new year, so too does the progress of our project. Currently, we are in the middle of a technology infrastructure upgrade at the James Stine College in St. Marc. We are undergoing improvements to increase the efficiency and reliability of the Internet service at the school. We hope to utilize these upgrades soon as our collaboration continues to evolve.
At our schools in Palmyra, PA, we have a middle school club and a high school club. Although separated by about a mile of geography, our clubs meet simultaneously through Internet conferencing which is some of the same technology we have used with our peers in Haiti. Our high school students use iPads and Facetime to lead project teams at our middle school. We continue to look for ways to expand our reach and our services to our peers in Haiti.
We have many events positively impacting our project this spring, such as…
More details on these events will be highlighted in future updates.
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Since 2006, we have been making science and technology education a reality in St. Marc, Haiti. Thanks to a gift from the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, we embarked on the first elementary school, hands-on science lab in the region. Soon after that, hands-on science training of the Haitian teachers eagerly began. Graduate students from Lebanon Valley College's (LVC) Masters of Science Education Program contributed their time and talent to create science experiences for students and staff in St. Marc. We have also embarked on summer science and technology camps for the students at Les Bons Samaritains. As one thing led to another, a graduate student from LVC spent a semester at Les Bons Samaritains to establish our computer technology connection to further promote science and technology education. Since then, peers from Pennsylvania have created science lessons for the students in Haiti as you will find in the pictures and link below. The Interactive boards we have installed have allowed science lessons to come to life like the one pictured below of the skeletal system. Today, we continue to expand our technology to include the newly completed James Stine College.
I recently read a report that was validating to me, as to the direction we are heading with regard to this project. Science for Haiti: A Report on Advancing Haitian Science and Science Education Capacity (AAAS, 2011) emphasizes the critical role that science and technology education plays for a sustainable Haiti. To access the report, see the link below.
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Through your continued support, we are helping to make science and technology a reality for a sustainable Haiti. Together, we can continue to build on our accomplishments and strive for a sustainable Haiti. Thank you.
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