When I discovered about this contest I thought, my school has a solidarity program called Condega.  The very poor communities in Nicaragua receive an education through the funding of parents, students, clubs, and other in our school.  I thought how good would be if they could actually receive classes or tutoring through the use of Collaborate.  This would be an opportunity of a lifetime for them!  These kids have to walk a great distance to get to school and some of them even take off their shoes so they won't get wet or deteriorated to be in school. Imagine how great would be to tutor them and share book readings and many more things through your great technology. 

I do believe technology should be used to better the lives of everyone including the less fortunate.

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Comment by Diana Ramos on July 21, 2011 at 4:04pm

LeRoy, I was so thrilled when I received this e-mail that it gave me goosebumps! I cannot tell you how happy I got to know that someone would be so willing to help these kids out. Thanks in advance. 

Regarding your questions, I believe that they would be using the tool in the school since they don't have access to computers at home.  I would like them to have at least one class on any given course with a teacher from a country different to theirs or maybe an expert on a particular theme on a subject area. Also, provide these kids with tutors on different subject areas so they could reinforce the skills they need the most. For more specific information, I have to wait until August which is when school begins, so I could talk to the person who is in charge of the program in order to have an exact idea of the amount of students, their levels and the subject areas to impact. I'll keep in touch with you if you are still interested, I still need to check on the availability of computers and Internet, if any in the areas in which they go to school.  Again thanks for your interest.

Comment by LeRoy Hill on July 20, 2011 at 11:31pm
Great idea Diana.  Can you explain how the students will use the tool?  Will it be at centres in their community or homes? I would be willing to collaborate to get volunteer educators from my network to assist.  I also have a few connections with agencies that enables this sort of collaboration.

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