Many thanks to Auteco!

Many thanks to Auteco!

Since last August, several employees of the Marina Orth Foundation, along with an employee of One Laptop Per Child, have developed a training plan for using the XO-OLPC computers as educational tools. A group of 70 teachers and 15 student monitors from the Gente Unida Foundation, from the Hermanas de Jesús Redentor and Santa Juana de Lestonac schools attended intensive all day training sessions. On November 15, the teacher with the best class project will receive an award. Many thanks to Auteco for its commitment to quality education and teacher training in the…Read more …
Three international experts work with kindergarten teachers under the Secretary of Education in Medellin

Three international experts work with kindergarten teachers under the Secretary of Education in Medellin

Since September, Marina Orth Foundation volunteers Liza Schmidt, Jake McMillan and Mala Henriques have been teaching English to 90 kindergarten teachers at the school for Teachers sponsored by the Secretary of Education of Medellin. By attending the classes, the kindergarten teachers are improving their own English abilities while also learning new activities and strategies for teaching their students English. Many thanks to our volunteers for their dedication and efforts.Read more …
Welcome Abigail Quane!

Welcome Abigail Quane!

Abigail Quane, affectionately known as Abi, arrived this month from Chicago to help teach English and implement the Step by Step project in the El Progreso school in El Carmen de Viboral, the fourth school that will be supported by the Marina Orth Foundation. Abi is currently living in a local family’s house, sharing their life, food and customs in order to learn the Spanish language better and better understand Colombian customs and daily routines. Many thanks to Abigail for joining our team!Read more …
The Mi Sangre Foundation and Marina Orth Foundation work together

The Mi Sangre Foundation and Marina Orth Foundation work together

15 high school students from the Marina Orth rural school participated in three experimental sessions developed by the Mi Sangre Foundation, founded by famed Colombian pop singer, Juanes. The first session was a three day camping trip. The students were accompanied by two Aguas Frias staff members, Natalia Lopez, and Zaida Beltran. In these sessions they had the opportunity to discuss topics such as developing a student community that promotes respect for oneself and others through the recognition and promotion of rights and duties, and how to create this community within their own…Read more …
First Latin American Bilingual Conference

First Latin American Bilingual Conference

Luis Fernando Sanchez, Executive Director of the Foundation, Natalia Lopez, Aguas Frias local Step by Step project coordinator, and English teachers, Susana Urrego and Alejandro Urrego, attended the first Latin American Bilingual Conference in Armenia, Quindío. For three days, they learned various multilingual and open-minded approaches to teaching through the use of the IT presentations. The conference consisted of learning and sharing experiences with other teachers from Colombia and throughout Latin America, all of whom are determined to help make Colombia a more competitive country with improved English performance.Read more …
Kids love learning Math

Kids love learning Math

Calculin Students in preschool to fifth grade are using the Calculin math book. Calculin promotes fast calculation skills by promoting recreational math with a focus on combining mental calculation and spatial relation skills. XO: The XO is the computer developed by the One Laptop per Child project. Children develop classroom knowledge and life skills by using their XO computers. They are improving their skills in solving arithmetic equations and problem solving by working with the XO software Tuxmath and piracalculos. Thatquiz: Thatquiz is a website for teachers and students that allows students to…Read more …
Teachers and Staff receive XO-OLPC training at the Cristo Redemptor school and the Gente Unida Foundation.

Teachers and Staff receive XO-OLPC training at the Cristo Redemptor school and the Gente Unida Foundation.

The Marina Orth Foundation along with the One Laptop per Child organization trained 50 teachers and administrative staff of Cristo Redemptor school and Gente Unida foundation’s school. The attendees spent a day receiving training and learning about the educative potential of the XO-OLPC computers. The next phase of the training plan will include 15 students and five more teachers of the Santa Juan Lestonac school in Medellin. This training was made possible with the support of the Auteco Company of Medellin. Many thanks to Auteco for supporting the improvement of education in Colombia.Read more …
Welcoming our new volunteers

Welcoming our new volunteers

In August as a thank-you to the Foundation’s volunteers, we organized a day of entertainment and culture during Medellin’s “Flowers Festival”, including visits to the Botanical gardens and several floral exhibits throughout the city, as well as, attending the Antique Car parade. Photo: From left to right: Jake McMillan (UK); Flavio Carnevali (Venezuela); Mala Henriques (UK); Angelic Fink (USA); Elizabeth Schmidt (USA); and Natalia Lopez, an employee of the foundation.Read more …
The Foundation office garden

The Foundation office garden

The staff at the Marina Orth Foundation administrative office in Medellin has created an experimental urban organic garden. Using plastic bottles and other recyclable materials, they created a vertical garden of ornamental and edible plants using the walls of the inner patio at the Foundation’s headquarters.       Read more …
Working with the Eafit University on the implementation of XO-OLPC

Working with the Eafit University on the implementation of XO-OLPC

In July the Foundation’s began its third contract with Eafit University, which is valid through November 2013. A team of four technicians and one engineer from the Marina Orth Foundation are reviewing and updating the technology system and servers, access points and connectivity of 38 public schools in Itagui, Antioquia, where the XO-OLPC computers are being used as a part of the TESO project. This same team will also be training 10 Engineers and 434 students to address basic and intermediate level issues that they may encounter using the XO-OLPC computers.Read more …