The new Blog
Originally this blog was intended for the project that I made last year in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. I am currently living in France for new learning experiences, I am working with the Xo and specifically with Sugar and Scratch.
The new idea for the Blog, is to make this place a global contribution for the education of the XXI century. On my side, I will be posting the entire experience with the Xo and Scratch from two schools in southern France. I will also be inviting people who are working with the 3 Xo’s that we have in Bolivia to post the progress of this new project in Bolivia as well as people that I know from around the world, who do research or work in the areas of education, technology and art to publish in this place.
Experience in France
The picture above is a picture that represents the work that I’m doing in France. It is here that I am working in two schools, one in Perpignan, and another one in a town near to Perpignan: Saleilles. What I do is teach Spanish to children who are between 7 and 11 years old, to complete this task I use the Xo with Sugar and Scratch.
I am in contact with about 250 children in these two schools, basically what we started to do was animation with characters taken from the Internet with the voices of the children in Scratch, and now what I will be doing is encouraging the children to create their own characters with their own voices in Spanish (each child will draw his character and import it into Scratch).
One of the main objectives is to show how we can learn more easily and interactively other languages (in this case Spanish) with an Xo with Sugar and Scratch. The other objective is to show teachers, how powerful are these technological tools for education.
Challenges in Bolivia
In Bolivia, there are 3 of our Xo’s, Mario Cesar is the person who is assisting in this regard, and gave me the good news that one is already in use and gave me some progress of the project that they have in mind :-). I will also talk to other people in Bolivia involved in education issues, and I think one of the poorest countries in South America could be starting to create something big in education :-).