Computer learning at St. Andre’s is rapidly becoming a reality for the students thanks to the leadership and vision of Pere Noe Bernier. We presently have 20 Dell D810 laptops with the Linux Mint operating system available for teaching grades 6 to 13 during morning class time. We also have 18 One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) XO 1.0 computers for the lower grades which are used during the afternoon.
The classroom is designed for 50 computers and 50 students, and the electrical circuits and receptacles are in place to support the load. Our current goal is to create a classroom designated for computer learning for the students, staffed with knowledgeable instructors who will open a world of knowledge and opportunities through computer and internet fluency.
Among our current priorities is understanding the wealth of learning opportunities provided by the combination of XO laptops with HaitiOS, Linux Mint laptops with additional software, our XO SchoolServer, and Internet-In-a-Box. Where possible, we are partnering with experts on the ground in Haiti to train teachers in pedagogy of these technologies. Pere Noe Bernier has assembled the team of teachers for training and has selected a team of students, who will act as technical support.