Yet there are some extremely diligent students. This girl’s notebook (paper version, not a computer) is amazingly neat, and actually colour coded. She must be the teachers’ pet. Yet she is not the only one.
The students make do with very basic tools, such as hand-made protractors. Yet many are quite keen.
What we hope to do is to bring in fresh ideas and appropriate new technology. In addition to e-microscopes, we use tablet PCs to show animated lessons, lessons masquerading as games, videos, … We teach in small interactive groups, making the students work together and learn together. Part of it is out of necessity - we simply do not have enough equipment so the students have to share. The larger reason is that students often learn better in groups.
We plan to keep coming back. In a small way, we hope to make our own, hopefully lasting, contributions.