This is a great film with the participation of people of different Latin American countries as well as Spain. The film was produced in Argentina and is one of the best documentary films I’ve seen in this thread: transforming education to make education more creative, innovative and especially free.
For me one of the major tools to achieve this is technology.
The film is under Creative Commons license, and may be shared, distributed or improved :-).
This is the Homepage: http://www.educacionprohibida.com/
This is the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPME2GHBe9s (Turn on the English subtitles)
And this is the Film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1Y9OqSJKCc
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.
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.
These last days I was experimenting with a new MSP-EXP430G2 LaunchPad distributed by Texas Instruments for just over 4$.
Unfortunately, I have not much experience in electronics, but I am researching about the topic.
The good news is that Yamandú began in GoogleDocs a guide to build robots at low cost with the Xo. Can you imagine to build a little Lego Wedo robot, but at a much lower cost?
Interesting initiative, but the guide is in Spanish. It would be very cool to have this guide also in English, so more people could contribute to the initiative in both languages.
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 :-).
As many of you know, after the project in the Children’s Home in Santa Cruz, new things will come.
On one hand, I am working in the south of France, and I have contact with two schools and many classes with children between 8 and 11 years old, so I will begin new initiatives on this side of the world:
- First, the implementation of short sessions using Scratch to learn languages, in this case the Spanish language, but the same experience can be applied to learn English, or German.
- Also I have the idea of teleconferencing among children in France and children in Latin America on various topics, as well as to share what they are doing in one side of the world and what they are doing on the other side of the world.
In Bolivia, things will not stop! For the next year there are good prospects with several initiatives using the Xo’s that we used.
Soon, there will be more news in the north and the south of our planet 🙂
This is our second First day of the project.
We are starting a second journey. On our best hopes we will use all the experience to go further and make a greater impact. For that we need to get all references, documentation and results from all the year.
– Release a year report.
– Share our expectations for the next year.
– A Plan for a new implementation.
As you can see, the next year will be awesome!