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Creative informal learning environments with new technologies for indigenous communities


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SALAS PILCO, Sdenka (PhD student - Faculty of Education - The University of Hong Kong) …

SALAS PILCO, Sdenka (PhD student - Faculty of Education - The University of Hong Kong)

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  • 1. CITE Research Symposium 2012 The University of Hong KongCREATIVE INFORMAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS with new technologies for indigenous communities Sdenka Zobeida SALAS PILCO June 2012
  • 2. Outline• Research context• Research questions• Some definitions• Informal Environments• Creative informal environments
  • 3. THE CONTEXT (1)Peru and indigenous communities
  • 4. THE CONTEXT (2)Children from Andean and Amazonian communities © Jeffery Salter/Redux Photo by macjewell
  • 5. THE CONTEXT (3) Rural schools implemented with 500 000 laptops Sugar interface
  • 6. Research questions:1) What are the characteristics of children’s learning. from these native communities?2) Could alternative environments provide a. contextualized learning respecting Andean and. Amazonian culture and traditions?3) How new technologies could be used inside these. new alternative environments in order to. improve learning?
  • 7. Some definitions Learning is understood as a collaborative process of knowledgeLEARNING construction by learners themselves (Bigge & Shermis, 1999; Piaget, 1964; Vygotsky, 1930/2004)INFORMAL Learning resulting from daily life activities related to work, family or leisure.LEARNING It is not structured and does not lead to certification. Informal learning may be intentional but in most cases it is non-intentional. it is usually controlled by learners’ individualized interests. (Commission of the European Communities, 2001). LEARNING Learning environments are spaces where the resources, time, and reasons areENVIRONMENTS available to a group of people to support their learning (Rieber, 2001) Informal environments are “a broad array of settings that can capture INFORMALENVIRONMENTS lifelong, life-wide, and life-deep learning” (National Research Council, 2009 p.47).CREATIVITY Ideas that are both novel and valuable (Boden, 1999; Robinson, 2001/2011).
  • 8. Informal Environments Museums, zoos, community clubs, science clubs, and so on.Photo by ajari Photo by emeryjl Photo by nicmcphee
  • 9. Characteristics of informal environments (NRC,2009) Participation is voluntary Include diverse participants Build on learners’ prior knowledge and interests Participants have control over their learning Engage participants in multiple ways Use different media Encourage participants’ direct interactions
  • 10. Discovering their own creative strengths Facilitate Promote critical experimentevaluation and inquiry of ideas FOSTERING CREATIVITY (Robinson, 2011) ExpressionWillingness of personal to make ideas and mistakes feelings Willingness to take risks
  • 11. Creative informal learning environments Community-based Build on learners’ interests and prior knowledge Combining different resources Creative Informal Safe space to take risks, make mistakes LearningEnvironments just–in-time feedback Providing mentorship and Nurturing playfulness and creativity Empowering learners, giving them voice