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.
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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.
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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.
This is a short documentary about the future of learning, very interesting and with valuable interventions, the video lasts only 20 minutes.
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Quiero compartir el video de arriba, un documental bastante corto (20 minutos) sobre el futuro del aprendizaje en una sociedad completamente conectada, esta muy interesante y tiene muy buenas intervenciones.
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 months ago we saw an infographic about the 7 years of the OLPC, now I want to share this infographic that I found in the same website about: “How Video Games Are Changing Education”.
The better part is to create our own Video Games 🙂
Click the image below to enlarge.
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 🙂