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:
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 :-).
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.
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 🙂