This project is based around stories. The idea quite simply is to let young people tell each other stories and by doing so share experiences, analyse and create a new sort of learning. Using old and new technologies the project will bring young people from around the world together into a virtual learning space where they can share, talk and learn.
In its pilot phase, young people from the Anglo European School (AES), and contemporaries from a school or educational establishment in ‘The Third World’ will create a website and a magazine focused around issues of global citizenship.
The site will be designed to enable young people to create new pages and links without any knowledge of computer programming or design. The site will also enable participants to add content direct from their mobile phone. Running alongside the site will be a high-quality print magazine offering content in attractive, easily accessible and portable formats.
The project is deeply rooted in the existing work of the school, the children and the management. It is also deeply rooted in the world of the young people. It begins with their world, it uses their language and exploits their technologies. Using networks and tried-and-trusted ink and paper media the project will allow young people to tell their own stories, listen to others and, under the auspices and through the curriculum of the Anglo European School, build a real learning experience. (Emphasis mine.)
This from Paul Caplan from London who is building this project for his Masters in Education for Sustainability. (Where do I sign up?) He plans on using Weblogs, wikis, cell phones and more to make this work, and he’s looking for either ideas or collaborators. Drop a comment if you’re interested.
The best part is, it’s not that hard. If you don’t believe that, check out the blogversation that George Mayo and Jane Levy are having about getting started.
Just wanted you to know that my whole class listened to your podcast. They loved it and they also read some of the magazine. They’re motivated to give it a go. Please let your students know that they have given my class a lot of ideas of what we can do with our class blog. Send them my thanks and complliments!
Have I mentioned lately how much fun this is???