A joint project between Living Systems and Urban Shift. We have started with an exploration of just what are Raspberry-pi? Can we use them to facilitate group learning and team work with children using ‘minecraft-pi‘? And there is a longer range hope – that we will be able to get some ‘pi’ out to a project we are partnering with in Joburg – so that both children who have been orphaned by AIDs and the centre itself (by setting up an internet cafe) will also be able to benefit from the amazingly affordable little computers.
I (Tim) have been inspired by the work of Seymour Papert – a great advocate for children (and adults) learning through ‘purposeful play’. A really interesting and provoking article on using computers with children can be found here. And an article about working with schools – and technology – here.
P4C is an exciting and liberating approach to working with young people! Tim has been fortunate to have received training from SAPERE and is lending a hand on a regular basis at a local Youth Group to help embed this approach, working alongside the young people and youth workers to model the very hands on approach. The group is question led, and we work hard to ensure that all aspects of the group are co-created with the young people.
After some exciting and hands on training, in an approach called ‘participatory video‘, we (Tim and Jo, with Moira and Debs) worked with an amazing bunch of kids in Halliwell. Our aim – to explore basic documentary and film techniques – and – to help children create films to get their message out – to become film makers! Here is a record of what we got up to:
Heaton Fold Garden skills Project — January – Aug 2013
Living Systems was able to give a helping hand with this project – helping to create a record of what was done (see youtube video below) and attend a number of the practical sessions – helping young people learn through doing, and enjoying a ‘participatory’ learning environment (careful facilitation that helped young people to both have fun together in the group and learn from each other, as well as from the facilitator of the sessions).