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.
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 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.
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)
This week in the French National Education, the vacation began, and just before the end of the classes, we finished our first animation in Scratch with our own characters, which we will be happy to see when we will be back to work.
It caught my attention the creativity of children to build their own characters that you can seen in this post. These are characters made by children from 7 to 11 years old.
A very nice thing happened the other day, when I listened a mother of a child saying that her son talk a lot about the class in which we work with the computer, recording the voice and giving life to characters and thanks to this , he remember very well the things he learned about Latin America and Spain. That’s one of the many possibilities of the computer: develop motivation and curiosity.
In the coming days I will be uploading the animations in Scratch with the presentation of the characters that children created.
Enjoy the characters :-). In total there are about 200 characters.