Last week was the celebration of the University of the Philippines Integrated School Week, a very jam-packed event for the UPIS community. ISKOsaya was one of their activities in which several sessions were held like an alternative classroom learning experience for the students. One of my classes (EDUC 190 morning class) was lucky to be invited to hold one of their sessions – a computer literacy drawing activity for K-2 students. The event’s schedule was perfect because we were currently discussing about Free and Open Source Software and its application in education.
So what was the software that we had used then? We used TuxPaint, an open source drawing software for children!
Quoting directly from its website:
Tux Paint is a free, award-winning drawing program for children ages 3 to 12 (for example, preschool and K-6). It combines an easy-to-use interface, fun sound effects, and an encouraging cartoon mascot who guides children as they use the program.
Prior to the event, we installed TuxPaint on 17 workstations running Windows XP and Windows 7. The UPIS K-2 students were then being handled by my undergraduate education students. The objective for each session then was for the K-2 students to draw their happy experiences in UPIS through the use of TuxPaint. 4 sessions of K-2 students were taught by 2 groups of student teachers from my class.
So how did the event go? It was fun fun fun! 🙂 The K-2 students greatly enjoyed using the software and the student teachers also enjoyed in mentoring the kids one-on-one. Before the event, the kids were actually very excited in enlisting for the sessions. I just hope that these K-2 students will get to experience having a computer session regularly as part of their curriculum. Besides, most elementary schools have computer classes already, right?
And before I forget to mention in this post, I also created Google Docs Presentation files for each session so that the student teachers will get to share the artwork created by each student(s) by embedding the image on the file. The Google Presentation shall then be presented through the teacher’s computer that is displayed via an LCD projector. Here are the links of the UPIS K-2 students artworks made via TuxPaint: