On the 20th of September 2021, the fifth Cohort for the Soronko Rotary Girls Coding project held its first session at Soronko Academy. The training was facilitated by Ms. Oreoluwa Akanni and had 17 participants present.
The first session was for orientation and introduction to the course. The trainer welcomed the girls to the training program and introduced herself. She led the class to perform an icebreaker activity known as two truths and a lie. This activity helped the girls introduce themselves and get acquainted with each other. Ms. Oreo went ahead to give a brief overview of the course, explaining what would be expected of the students.
The students were each asked to take a laptop and open the browser. Those who did not have email addresses were assisted to create one. Ms. Oreo explained to the girls how Google Classroom works and took them through how to use it. She told them that they would be presenting their assignments through Google Classroom and also have quizzes using Kahoot, which is a fun quiz game. Ms. Oreo asked everyone to sign on to Kahoot.it for a demonstration. They had a fun quiz session, which the girls were excited about. The girls were given their first assignment to list out 12 google apps they had never used before, state its uses and the process of using it.
The class had a late start because most of the participants did not make it to the Academy on time.
At the end of the session, the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at Soronko Academy, Ms. Harriet Bampoe assisted the students to fill a pre-evaluation form online and also told them to read carefully and sign the letter of commitment after which the class dispersed.
The second session for week 1’s training kicked off on 22nd September 2021 with the training taking the participants through a short recap of what the class did on the first day After which the trainer continued with the agenda for the day.
The trainer asked the students to mention one google product each. This was just to see if they were able to do their assignment from the previous session. A few of the products they mentioned include, Google Arts & Culture, Google Play Gift Card, and Google Scholar, among others. Ms. Oreo took the girls through some rules she had set for the class. She asked them to be punctual, always wear their nose masks, complete their assignments and be respectful to each other. She then assisted the new students to set up their laptops and email addresses.
Ms. Oreo taught the students how to use the Google classroom to submit assignments and gave them 20 minutes to type out and submit their assignments from the first session. She also paired the students as groups of twos. She explained that this was to help them work well in a team and urged them to help each other if they were struggling. After this, they moved on to the lesson of the day. The trainer played a short video for the students about technology and then explained what technology is. The trainer further discussed the computer and how it works.
The trainer gave the students another assignment and gave them 30 minutes to complete it before going home. She explained the buddy system to the students and once again told them to work together. She taught them to shut down their computers after they finish working. The Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at Soronko Academy, Ms. Harriet Bampoe assisted the new students to fill a pre-evaluation form and asked them to carefully read and sign the letter of commitment before they leave.