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.
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.
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 :-).