An inspirational video that shows how children of the world can create, discover and explore, connected from the four corners of our planet through technology and a new way of education.
### Español ###
Un video inspirador, que muestra como los ninos del mundo pueden crear, descubrir y explorar, conectados desde los 4 puntos cardinales de nuestro planeta a traves de la tecnologia y una nueva forma de educacion.
Kilian Schweizer and Anna-Lena Reuter are two volunteers from Germany working at the Cultural Center San Isidro.
San Isidro Cultural Center is an organization created and established in the Department of Santa Cruz – Bolivia.
The San Isidro neighborhood is located in the Plan 3000 district of the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia. In the Plan 3000 district lives the poorest population in Santa Cruz. Kilian and Anna work there with the children of this district.
Now they have 12 Xo laptops to work with these children. In the first hours of their activity, the children learned about the laptops and found everything about them. The next step is to start a project called: “How to build a better neighborhood”, in which children will build their own stories with pictures of the neighborhood, thinking how to improve the environment (there are a lot of trash in the streets) and other important issues to the district. Children are very committed, so Anna and Killian expect the project will be successful.
### Español ###
Kilian Schweizer y Anna-Lena Reuter son voluntarios alemanes trabajando en el Centro Cultural San Isidro.
El Centro Cultural San Isidro, es una organizacion creada y establecida en el Departamento de Santa Cruz – Bolivia.
El Barrio San Isidro está ubicado en el Plan 3000 de la ciudad Santa Cruz de la Sierra en Bolivia. En el plan 3000 vive la población más pobre de Santa Cruz y es ahí donde trabajan Kilian y Anna con los niños de este barrio.
Ahora ambos cuentan con 12 laptops Xo para trabajar con los niños. En las primeras horas de su actividad, los niños conocieron las laptops y descubrieron todo acerca de ellas. El siguiente paso es empezar un proyecto que se llamará: “Como construir un barrio mejor”, en el cual los niños van a construir sus propias historietas con fotos del barrio, reflexionando como se puede mejorar el medio ambiente (hay mucha basura) y otros temas importantes para el barrio. Los niños son muy comprometidos por lo que Anna Y Killian esperan que el proyecto sea exitoso.
Anna Lena, Kilian, Janna and Johanna are four German volunteers working in different organizations: the Bibliobus (LibraryBus), ArteriasUrbanas and San Isidro Foundation, they are together to give life to a new project with the Xo’s that we have in Santa Cruz – Bolivia.
Last Wednesday, the children of the neighborhood of San Isidro were experiencing for the first time with the Xo’s, as expected a lot of curiosity among the children, next week I hope to have pictures and more information on the next visit of the BusLibrary (Bibliobus) and the Xo’s to this neighborhood.
### Español ###
Anna Lena, Kilian, Janna y Johanna son 4 voluntarios alemanes trabajando en distintas organizaciones: el Bibliobus, ArteriasUrbanas y la Fundación San Isidro, están juntos para darle vida a un nuevo proyecto con las Xo’s que disponemos en Santa Cruz – Bolivia.
El anterior miercoles, los niños del Barrio de San Isidro estuvieron experimentando por primera vez con las Xo’s, como era de esperarse, mucha curiosidad por parte de los niños, la semana que viene espero tener fotos y mas información de la siguiente visita del Bibliobus y las Xo’s al Barrio San Isidro.
Finally, if all goes well, we will start the Bibliobus project (a mobile Bus Library) in mid-November.The Xo laptops are already with the people of “Arterias Urbanas” in Santa Cruz (a group of artists from different genres) and we will begin soon the training with the person responsible for using Scratch and the Xo’s inside the bus.
For now and for inspiration, this was the project we did in the same city more than a year ago, the recycle game.
A few days ago I get an excellent book about learning Scratch: “Super Scratch Programming Adventure!“.
The book is very well produced and can serve to motivate new creative kids around the world.
Since we’re talking about Scratch, I want to take the opportunity to give a preview on the new project that we will launch in October in Santa Cruz (Bolivia) and that I’ll be coordinating outside of Bolivia with the help of people in Bolivia: “Scratch and the Bibliobus Santa Cruz”.
On one occasion I already talked on this blog about the Bibliobus Santa Cruz. Basically what it does is go to the poorer neighborhoods of the city of Santa Cruz in Bolivia, promoting reading, writing and arts.
This time we will work with Scratch, the 3 Xo’s and other materials available in the Bibliobus Santa Cruz, we want to tell the world stories made in Scratch from one of the neighborhoods in Santa Cruz that the Bibliobus visit, a great challenge because we have only 3 Xo’s.
In the next post I will have more specific details about the project and the people who will be working into the project in Santa Cruz (because I’ll be working from the north of the world).
This is the last videogame of my experience teaching Spanish in two schools in the South of France, one in Perpignan and the other one in Saleilles.
In this videogame we have “The City”, We worked all of the things inside the city (The House, The Market, The Hospital, The Bank, The Pharmacy, etc.) throughout the year.
all the characters were made by the children, and we can see all of them in this game.
I’m still amazed and very happy to see the immense creativity of children.
You can play the game from here:
A few months ago I saw an initiative that takes place for quite a few years ago in France: The pièces Jaunes.
Basically, the idea is that children around the country will build a small box with a nice design, and will put inside coins that we do not usually use: 1, 2, 5 or 10 cents.
Once the box is full, they take the box to the post office and send it to the organization in charge of this initiative with the objective of raise money for Children’s hospitals.
Beyond the criticisms for and against the people who organized this initiative (the wife of the ex president Jacques Chirac), I think we could start a similar initiative to raise money that goes to promote more OLPC projects, we can buy more Xo’s, we can buy robots, and other creative educational resources.