iEARN-Pakistan Hosts Summer Camps
On June 28th, iEARN-Pakistan started its English Access Microscholarship Program in Karachi with online activities for students from different Access Karachi Centers.
Students got connected through Skype and Blackboard (Elluminate) and shared their experiences, including discussions of their community service projects, field trips and creative writing. Mobile technology tools (EVDO Internet devices, laptops and multimedia projectors) were used to connect students. Due to electric power load shedding in Karachi, battery backup of laptop computers and USB port Internet devices and speakers were used in case of unavailability of electric power. The students found it very interesting to communicate live with the students from other centers using web 2.0 tools.
This is the first phase of using technology in the Access Karachi program, and in the coming days the students will be using these tools to connect with students from around the world and participate in live discussions with native and non-native speakers of English. Media centers will also be set up in Access Centers where students will create their media (posters, photos, video and audio recordings etc.) and will share it with their peers from around the world through iEARN online collaborative project forums.
See photos of activities in Karachi on the iEARN-Pakistan Facebook Page. Summer Camps are also underway at iEARN-Pakistan's Islamabad Office, with Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program Alumni taking a lead role in helping to run classes throughout the summer - see photos of activities in Islamabad on the YES Alumni Pakistan Facebook Page.