My Vietnamese 8th Graders are new Linux users

With just less than one month left of class, I decided to see if my 8th Grade students at the American International School in Saigon would be interested in learning Linux.  I am glad I tried because these kids seemed to be having a lot of fun.

This week I just wanted them to learn the basic Linux command line.  Since the school only uses Windows XP, I worked with the IT staff and got Putty installed on all of the student computers.  They then used Putty and and secure shelled to my Easy Peasy Ubuntu Netbook.  I just created one generic username and password for my 8th Graders.  Next week they will all get their own accounts on my Netbook.  I just wanted them to get a feel of Linux first.

Last Friday they had fun playing with the mkdir command as you will be able to see in the below photos.  My students are very bright and quick learners.  Most aced my first Quiz on the command line last Friday as well.  My goal for this month is to teach my students how to create a simple webpage with the command line and the text editor, nano.  That is what they really want to learn anyway, making their own webpages 🙂

Next year if I have these students, I will have them install Ubuntu Linux on their laptops.  Add another 50 new Linux users in Vietnam…

Fun with mkdir and Putty

Vietnamese 8th Graders using Putty and SSH as New Linux Users

Vietnamese 8th Graders using Putty and SSH as New Linux Users

Vietnamese 8th Graders using Putty and SSH as New Linux Users

Vietnamese 8th Graders using Putty and SSH as New Linux Users

Vietnamese 8th Graders using Putty and SSH as New Linux Users

(Read the directory -> kevinxauzhai means Kevin is Ugly 🙂 )

  • You let your students SSH to your Netbook, so they can learn about GNU/Linux. Oh, very brilliant, man! 🙂
    Beside, they call you Kevin XauZhai, so will you fail them? :)) :))

    PS: You have an Ubuntu Netbook? I thought you don’t like Ubuntu?

  • pclouds

    How did they feel after mkdir(ing) Ugly Kevin? 😀

  • @An Nguyen: Of course I will fail them 🙂

    @pcclouds: I do not know, I was do busy crying 🙂

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