“One, two, three, hands!” One of HFPJC members was teaching English for Fun course at the seven grade in Guangxi Rongshui Si Yuan Experiential School. From 21 May to 28 May, nineteen HFPJC members from various academic backgrounds have taught over 2000 local primary and secondary students with courses related to the culture of Macao, English learning skills, Little Inventors, and Little Programmers.

The newly introduced Little Programmer Workshop was a challenge, as it required college members to master the usage of Scratch, and prepare basic materials on Scratch teaching. For the Little Inventor Workshops, unlike the open topic used in the last service learning trip, this trip introduced the Food Waste topic, which was suggested by Yuting Huang @ Little Inventors. At the preparation stage, HFPJC members worried about both the Little Inventor and Little Programmer Workshop as both topics may be difficult for local students. However, the outcome of local students’ work was out of HFPJC member’s expectation. Those outcomes were surprisingly good. “Some programs developed by the local students have been better than those taught by us”, one of HFPJC members said.

For the newly joined HFPJC member, the service trip is a challenge, because they need to understand the local student’s needs, prepare for teaching, and tune their materials for better teaching. For those who joined the previous service learning trip, they also need to find a way of guiding newly joined college members especially on problem-solving and conflict-handling collaboratively. In summary, the trip to Rongshui was a success. It brings HFPJC members a valuable experience in learning and living, and builds up initiatives for local students to learn in an interesting way. The on-going service learning trip could also build up HFPJC students’ sense of ownership, civic responsibility, and global citizenship; in turns, it helps to sustain the HFPJC community service in the future.

 

“老師,怎麼才能讓他一邊走一邊發出‘喵喵’聲”、“我要讓這個字母繞著這個地球周轉”、“我想讓這只小貓飛上天!” 在澳門大學師生創意工作坊“小小程序員”上,孩子們的眼神充滿驚喜與期待,用滑鼠在Scrach程式上大膽創造他們的故事。

“編程教育本是近年來培養學生邏輯思維、解決問題的新方向。讓學生學習編程,不論對義教的同學或受教的學生,都能夠領會從計算機的角度思考問題的思維方式,從而培養將問題拆解,發揮創意能力,并最終解決問題。而Scrach是一款將編程思維簡化的一個軟件,運用坐標系等原理,拼湊起不同的動作要求,讓螢幕中的角色動起來,個性化十足。這就是小小程式員課程的魅力所在!”霍英東珍禧書院導師、課程設計者劉振釗博士說道。

今次服務學習項目由澳門大學霍英東珍禧書院發起,帶領19位志願者到廣西融水苗族自治縣的思源實驗學校義教,激發當地少數民族學生學習的動力和想像力。在課堂上,主修社會學的大一生揚子江給小朋友展示了Scratch的入門技巧和迷宮設計方法,讓他們思考如何把不同的動作、背景元素拼湊成屬於自己的動畫。“原本在課程設計時,我們擔心當地電腦教學程度不高而有所卻步,但原來我們的擔憂是不需要的,當地同學們帶給我們不一樣的驚喜。雖然生活和學習環境艱苦,但同學們不僅能完成課程任務,他們對編程展現出強烈的好奇心和創造力,實在令人讚嘆。而我們對他們作品的肯定可以增加他們的自信心,期望他們能把對編程思維的好奇心能運用到日常生活和學習中。”揚子江說。

本次服務學習項目的課程內容豐富多元,除了小小程序員工作坊,還為苗山小朋友定制了小小發明家工作坊、英語演講課、澳門文化課、趣味英語課等。透過個性化的課程和工作坊,讓當地學生(大部分是留守及山區貧困少數民族兒童)增加不同的知識,提高他們學習英語的興趣和動力,發展他們的邏輯思維及演講能力。同时,澳大志願者去當地學生的家庭進行家訪慰问,以及參觀少數民族博物館,藉此了解當地兒童的生活學習環境及少數民族社區的社會文化風俗和經濟發展狀況。另外,在小小程序員課堂上,澳大志願者也向他們贈送了澳門大學霍英東珍禧書院特製明信片,聯繫情結。