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.
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
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:
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.