Welcome to Inventors4Change

Inventors4Change wants to provide children with tools, techniques and knowledge that let them invent the changes they want to see in the world. It consists of a network of schools and organizations which use Technologies for Creative Learning and Digital Media tools to foster Invention-Based Collaborative Learning among children from different countries. The project is particularly focused on children from underserved communities and children's inventions are inspired by Sustainable Development challenges.

12/11/2013

Backgrounds for each character


The children of Veïnat and Carme Auguet schools have been very busy designing backgrounds for each of the characters drawn in India. The results are impressive. Visit our project gallery to see all their works. In addition to designing the background, children also wrote in English the reasons that led them to choose those designs. In a future stage children in India and Catalonia will discuss and decide what happens in the story, game or animation they are creating.


12/04/2013

Development, digital innovation and children


Technological revolution is global but how can it positively impact development and children's lives? We think that this UNICEF debate about Development, digital innovation and children is closely related to the scope of our project. We share the video and we invite you to read the expert commentaries to understand why ICT support social and economic development.

11/27/2013

Meet the characters!


During last week the teams in India and some children in Catalonia started drawing the characters (some of them are already uploaded in our Scratch gallery). Now the rest of the children are modifying the projects of their peers and adding backgrounds. Both characters and backgrounds are related to the common topic for all: children's rights. At the same time they are also exchanging comments and notes through the Scratch website. Their works are really amazing!




11/23/2013

A declaration of the value of global education


We read this global education declaration in Steve Hargadon's blog. We can not agree more, it's fully in line with our goals and values.

A Declaration of the Value of Global Education
Presented at the 2013 Global Education Conference
http://www.GlobalEducationDeclaration.com

Because we are citizens of our individual nations and also part of a larger human family;
Because it is important to learn about other cultures and to understand the similarities that unite us and the differences that define us;
Because global understanding, empathy, and compassion depend and are built on communication, shared experiences, and relationships;
Because we increasingly live in a "global village";
Because we increasingly work in geographically and culturally interconnected ways;
Because we are interconnected physically and our ecological and resource-use decisions impact others;
Because we share a world which appears to be increasingly fragile;
Because complex worldwide problems need collaborative, cooperative, and intelligent solutions;
Because wars, conflicts, abuse, slavery, misinformation, and other forms of oppression both exist and also exert powerful influences;
Because we live in a world that is increasingly "flat" and where Internet technologies have dramatically increased the global connectedness of individuals and cultures;
Because creation and sharing technologies of the Internet and the Web dramatically shift personal and community capacity;
Because the world increasingly is our classroom;

Therefore:
We affirm the universal and inherent worth of every child;
We affirm the deep importance of supporting learning opportunities for all people generally;
We affirm especially the importance of providing wholesome and healthy learning opportunities for all children;
We affirm the need to support the variety and uniqueness of learners, teachers, cultures, and circumstances;
We affirm the importance of independent intellectual inquiry and thought;
We affirm the value of connective technologies and their ability to provide broader learning and thinking experiences;
We affirm the individual, cultural, and worldwide benefits of students learning about, from, and with peoples from around the world;

Finally:
We declare the critical importance of helping our students, teachers, administrators, parents, and all others to connect globally and to learn from each other; we express appreciation for those who provide opportunities for such global learning activities; and we devote ourselves to furthering the cause of global education.

11/20/2013

Inventing stories about Children's Rights


Some of the teams in Catalonia and India are starting to use Scratch to invent stories about Children's Rights. Teachers from both countries introduced the topic with this nice presentation from UNICEF, and now children are drawing the characters for their stories. Next week the rest of the teams will modify the projects of their peers and add some backgrounds. The mixed teams India-Catalonia are working asynchronously and communicating among them through the Scratch platform. During next weeks we will share their projects with you.

The following pictures were taken yesterday at Carme Auguet School in Girona.




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11/15/2013

Chatting and getting to know each other


During this week children watched the presentations of the other groups and exchanged messages and comments through the Scratch website. It's amazing to see how children from disadvantaged areas of both India and Catalonia, from very different backgrounds and learning environments, can chat using English and digital tools. Distances and times are not a problem on the Internet.

It is necessary to highlight the incredible work that English teachers have been doing during last weeks in our participating Catalan schools.

We share some examples of their conversations. They are public, like all the presentations that they uploaded to the Scratch website (you can check the gallery here).

Comments of a project uploaded by children of Veïnat School (Catalonia, Spain):

Comments of a project uploaded by children of Parikrma School (Bangalore, India):



11/14/2013

Children's Day and Children's Rights


Today is Children's Day in India. One of our participating schools in India, Parikrma School, shared this beatiful rangoli on its Facebook. 

We take this opportunity to announce that the issue on which children from India and Catalunya will collaborate by using Scratch during next weeks is "Children's Rights". Now is when the Invention-Based Collaborative Learning really starts. Let's see whats happens! :)

11/13/2013

8000 Km


Last Sunday our project was featured on La Vanguardia in an article by Sílvia Oller. You can read the full text (in Catalan) by following this link. As the article says, the participating schools are 8000 kilometers away from each other, but the Internet and the digital tools override these long distances.

Right now teams are making comments and questions about their presentations with Scratch. Next week they will begin working in mixed teams Catalunya-India.

In this post we included two recent photos from Parikrma School (Koramangala, Bangalore, India) and Veïnat School (Salt, Catalunya, Spain). 

 

11/09/2013

From Girona to Bangalore. From Baliganapalli to Salt


The first stage of the pilot project is now complete, and the teams of the four participating schools have already finished their presentations with Scratch. We are very happy to show you in this post some of the projects created by children. Next week each school will look and try projects from other schools, so that children begin to know each other. Children will also exchange comments and messages in English through the Scratch website.

We embedded some of the presentations below (you need Flash to visualize them). If you want to see all the rest, you can visit our Scratch gallery.

Carme Auguet school (Girona): [turn the volume on]


Veïnat school (Salt):


Parikrma school (Bangalore): [Click on the presentation and press space to start]


Shanti Bhavan school (Baliganapalli): [play the game to see the end of the presentation]

11/06/2013

My name is... Learning English with Scratch


The children of Veïnat school are busy finalizing their first projects. They are learning Scratch but also English. Over the coming months they will use English to communicate with their peers in India. The Veïnat school has students from 18 different countries, and some of them have recently come to Catalonia. This project is a big challenge for them! They are doing the project during school hours, using the periods of English, Technology and Catalan.


10/30/2013

Check the first presentations!


Some of the participating schools are already sending their first presentation projects. Below you can try and play a project uploaded by two students of Shanti Bhavan: Kishore and Subash. First of all Kishore and Subash present themselves, then they encourage us to play a game, and if we get out of the maze then they continue the presentation. The project is made on Scratch. Clicking the green flag runs the project.

If you can not see the project try it here

10/23/2013

First pictures


The children of Carme Auguet school already started the project. They were divided into teams and now they are taking pictures of themselves and the school to include them in their Scratch projects. In this post you can see the first pictures of them working.

 

10/18/2013

Presentations


During the first two weeks the children grouped in teams will present themselves and their schools by making a Scratch project.

The idea is that children in India and Catalonia learn a little about their different contexts and realities, and begin to know each other before starting their collaborative work.

We will post the projects as they come in, so stay tuned!

10/10/2013

3, 2, 1... Start!



We are pleased to announce that our pilot project is already underway. It will take place from October 2013 to January 2014. In this first phase there are four participating schools: two from South India and two from Catalonia (Spain). Each school has selected a group of students of different ages, and the organizers have designed mixed teams of children from India and Catalonia. Each of these teams uses Scratch to invent a story/game/animation collaboratively and related to a Human Development challenge.  

For details of participating schools you can visit the pilot section in our site.