Has One Laptop per Child Failed?

I’ve always admired the One Laptop per Child project. I’ve volunteered for them by writing ([1] [2] [3]) and producing a video. I even interviewed with them. Empowering children with technology is a powerful promise. Has that promise been kept? I asked my friend (and OLPC volunteer) Nancie Severs, has OLPC failed? Disclaimer: These are the opinions of Nancie Severs. “I don’t see OLPC as a failure at all. When Nicholas Negropante dreamed up the cute […]

House of Dolphin Grand Opening Speech

  Moisture builds up on the glass walls of the pool. I draw a smiley face with my finger to entertain the students as they wait for the doors to open. Everyone is excited for the grand opening of the pool. They file in and sit down. They sing the Blue Sky Academy song. Their hands waving in the air from left to right. Speeches are given. The ribbon is cut. Races are won. The […]

My Christmas Day Adventure in Vietnam

Every Christmas should begin with a full body massage. The person massaging you should meet the following criteria. Cute, friendly and female. The massage should be no less than an hour. Warm body oil should be generously applied. Afterwards, you’ll be relaxed and ready for any adventure. That’s how my 2013 Christmas Day began. I got a one hour massage by a cute, friendly female. Accompanying me on this adventure was my friend Stephan. Both […]

40 Moments From the Last 4 Months of My Life

I arrived in Vietnam on the 15th of August. I’ve been here just over 4 months. Trying to describe what it’s been like for me is not easy. Some words that come to mind are: wild, unforgettable, different, new, fun, and interesting. But as they say, “a picture is worth a 1,000 words”. Here’s a photo album from the last 4 months of living in Vinh City, Vietnam.

32 Practical Websites for ESL Teachers

Are you an ESL teacher? I am. I’m an American who’s been teaching in Vietnam for about 4 months. I’ve found it difficult to find practical websites. Useful websites that will actually help me in the classroom. I’ve also listed 4 activities you can do with your students. These work inside or outside of the classroom. Plus I have a link to a handy Firefox extension. It makes it easy to download a YouTube video. You […]