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.
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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.
I want to share with you a presentation on what I am imagining, about the questions I am wondering myself and the solutions that I am trying to create, I hope to have more information for you in a few months 🙂
Click the image above to see the presentation.
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Quiero compartir con ustedes una presentación sobre lo que estoy imaginando, acerca de las preguntas que me estoy haciendo y las soluciones que estoy tratando de crear, espero tener más información en unos meses 🙂
Pueden hacer clic en la imagen para ver la presentación.
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).
I was reading this article about the mobile world in Africa and its relation with Education: “The future of education in Africa is mobile”.
I’m currently working with AppInventor, a platform created by Google to create applications for Android and which is now maintained by the MIT.
The programming logic is similar to that used in Scratch so this tool is perfect for mixing with Scratch.
The world of tablets and smarthphones grows rapidly and thanks to Android is becoming more accessible, especially in developing countries.
In this sense I think of the great potential of working with mobile applications as we did with Scratch, but with new futures like Geolocalization, Maps, Sensors, etc.
I’m also thinking in the new Xo tablet, and how we can work with this tablet and the other Xo’s.
Well, my work in France is over, as always in our wonderful world: beautiful people and a lot of new experiences.
Thinking of giving continuity to what I’m doing, I have started to investigate a field that is expanding rapidly day by day: tablets and smarthphones.
Following the same line in which I work (Scratch) I decided to start working with AppInventor, facing the possibility of creating learning-oriented applications for Android.
In my opinion Scracth and AppInventor are two wonderful tools that can complement perfectly in a new way to learn by creating.
I hope to have more news soon related with how I will implement this set of ideas 🙂
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:
I just published in my Ubuntu One account my research about the project that I developed in Bolivia last year with the title: “Programming and Creativity – Tools for a new education.”
The main objective of this document is to serve as a way to plant a seed of thought toward a more creative education that make effective use of technology in countries like Bolivia.
It also reflects my own research on topics such as education and creativity, showing how I built all the project and trying to expose in the document the most basic concepts about some topics.
The link to the PDF document: http://ubuntuone.com/0VlxsjseKNnRvUIeLS5u7u (the document is in Spanish).
If you want the fonts of the document, soon I will upload them with the following format: .sla (because the document was done in Scribus).
The photographs shown in this post are pictures that I changed a bit and they show the richness and diversity of the OLPC projects around the world, from Uruguay and Peru to Nepal or Afghanistan. It is from this seed that children will begin to positively transform our rich and diverse planet.
After our first step working with Scratch, we decided what to do in the second step: create a small game like “The Sims“.
The idea is to create a small town in Scratch, in which we can integrate the characters we did in the previous step (the presentation). In our little town we will have a house, a family living in the house, and also a supermarket where we can buy some things. As we move through the city we will work with new concepts in Spanish like directions (left, right, up, down – north, south, east, west), numbers, fruits and animals.
We already started to build our house and work with the family, the next week we will start to work with the Supermarket and after that, we will build our game in Scratch :-).
The animations we made in Scratch are ready and on the Scratch website: http://scratch.mit.edu/.
I picked 4 of the 12 animations.
The main ingredient of this activity was the motivation to work with the Xo and Scratch, because the mere fact of having an Xo generates a great attraction, interest and curiosity of children.
Hope you enjoy! – the goal is to create a short story with the characters.
Rigaud School – CE2 (8 – 9 years old)
Rigaud School – CM1 (9 – 10 years old)
Saleilles School – CM2 (10 – 11 years old)
Saleilles School – CM2 (10 – 11 years old)