Standing room only at CLWB Launch Event

Bakhita Event

There was standing room only for a display of three month’s of intense learning at the CLWB@Bahita event last week. Key items:

  • “Forca Zombie” (introduction to programming, and applied Maths)
  • Electrical Circuits – breadboards and basic components
  • E-Christmas card – conductive ink
  • E-Textiles – washable electronics
  • USB Robot
  • Makey Makey Orchestra – “Satisfaction” with cups of water!
  • Arduino Robot – sensors and motors
  • Raspberry Pi programming
  • Explorer project – applied maths, astronomy, and early navigation technology
  • Drone demo – how do drones work?
  • 3d Printing – Metamaquina opens up a world of learning
  • Eduardo Zancul, University of Sao Paulo – Keynote. Digital Making, maker spaces, impacts on new economics of manufacturing, skills needed to participate in this new world
  • The parent’s perspective – Learning value from children’s involvement in CLWB@Bakhita?

Thanks to the wonderful v-team – all of the CLWB children at Bakhita; Rafael Martins; Dani Ono; Marcio Pires; Paulo Silvestre; Eduardo Zancul; Felipe Sanches; Nivaldo and the team at Webcasters; and Carmen Nigro.

Watch the full video (1hr 50 mins) here: http://v3.webcasters.com.br/visualizador.aspx?CodTransmissao=193103

LEARNING IMPACTS  

  • See individual videos of what the children at Bakhita have learned here on the Learning Impacts section on this site.
  • Congratulations to Oliver, Louise and Jo at Cadoxton for posting their learnings from their Aeronautics project
  • Whilst its not a learning impact that CLWB can claim, we are proud that all of the children at Nelson Mandela School in San Luis  passed their Trinity English exams with great marks. One teacher even got 3 As. Congratulations!

Drones, Fruit Pianos and Internet of Learning-Things in San Luis, Argentina

Argentina is recognized by the World Bank as one of the top 10 countries with big education laptop projects to learn from, and San Luis – a province in the heart of Argentina – is leading the way. San Luis is home to one of the most impactful education technology initiatives in Latin America, and I was fortunate to be invited to give the keynote for the education track at San Luis Digital 2013 – their annual festival of technology. The presentation was entitled ‘Technical Creativity’ – a whistle-stop tour of the Internet of Learning-Things.

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A key part of the presentation was a demo of the Parrott 2 Drone…

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This ARM powered drone connects to a mobile phone via a local Wi-Fi link and sends live video feeds back to the phone or to a USB stick, which allowed me to shoot this aerial view of the audience –

I was joined on stage by Alejandro Munizaga, Dean of Universidad de La Punta, who demonstrated his piano playing abilities on a banana keyboard using MaKey MaKey and Scratch.

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Slides from the event can be downloaded here –

English version

San Luis Keynote, Internet of Learning Things

Spanish version

San Luis Keynote, Internet Educativa – Spanish

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This, the 7th San Luis Digital, saw a crowd of 30,000 people attend a feast of events ranging from hackerthons and robotics competitions, to DJ sets. The event gave a 360 degree view of the social use of technology – health, security, environment, traffic management etc.

Education was very well represented there, and justifiably so. The province of San Luis is well into a One-to-One initiative as part of their investment in education, science and technology. All citizens have free WiFi internet access from anywhere – a right enshrined in law and delivered through WBS-2400 base stations across the entire region.

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The government aims to increase maths, reading, writing, science, and ICT skills to prepare future engineering and science professionals. Most children now have a Classmate laptop, and over the next 10 years, the government plans to purchase 10,000 laptops each year until all 104,000 school-age children have a device. According to an IDB evaluation, results have demonstrated notable improvements in language, math, and science achievement following the integration of One-to-One programs in San Luis classrooms.

A notable area of success on display at San Luis Digital 2013 is robotics. A project called “Robotics for All” which is run from the University of La Punta supplies the schools with robotics kits. Each kit has an Arduino board and custom software resembling Scratch runs on Classmates to allow the students to program their robots.

The results are highly impressive. Students from San Luis, represented Argentina and came in the top 5 at the recent Robotics World Cup in the Netherlands. Children as young as 7 explained how they made a model city with working traffic lights, whilst older students battled it out with Arduino based robots.

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The event was completely packed with children eager to learn about the latest in technology and robotics, and sessions lead by the wonderful Gonzalo Zabala –

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San Luis is a shining example of where a combination of clear vision, political will, government backing, organizational capability, and a socially integrated higher education sector come together for the good of all.

I was lucky to be able to visit some schools there including the Isaac Newton and Nelson Mandela schools. Schooling in San Luis certainly lives up to its reputation for being best in class for the creative use of technology.

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Thanks to all the children and teachers that I met in the San Luis Digital and Nelson Mandela schools; Alejandro Munizaga, Marcela Magallanes, Daniel Rivas, Cristian Moleker and the team at La Punta University; Marcelo Sosa, Minister of Education; Silvina Peralta; Gonzalo Zabala for inspiring presentations; Jimena Jacubovich, Hernan Muhafara, Mariana Maggio, Angel Dubon, and Miguel Ayerza from Microsoft; Axel Esteban Seleme for terrific photos; and Leticia Martinez and Elina Pascucci, Translation San Luis, for translation services.