The aim of this ‘double project’ is to develop of a new e-Learning and e-Teaching strategy: ‘I animate, I communicate and I integrate’.
Step 1: I animate and I communicate
Project title: @ni & m@te
'@ni' and 'm@te' are a girl and a boy travelling around the world. They are twins. They want to visit your classroom, your school, your city or country…
These two virtual figures want to visit several cultures and countries.
By using animations, children from all over the world wants to present their environment, their culture and their way of life…
The background of the animations is a view, a scenery of the country or region where the children lives.
@ni and m@te are the virtual kids playing a role in these animations.
Children express themselves by means of the animation figures. They turn into ‘@ni & m@te’. They develop a virtual scene that represents their own living environment. It’s a new way of collaboration: ‘animate and communicate’.
Step 2: I integrate
Project title: Make @ wiz
Children dream about the future… In this project they build a better world, step by step, 'stone by stone'… By means of animations, starring our funny wizard 'Wizzy' who represents the ideas of the kids, they solve all kind of world problems.
Curriculum integration is the main goal:
By means of computer animations, pupils can reveal their critical reflections on problems and difficulties they encounter in their living environment and further… With the help of simple tools, children are able to use ICT to express their own ideas in a creative way. This project facilitates the realization of the final objectives of environmental studies in an innovative way.
Topics: protection of nature, climate change, environmental pollution (water, air, soil), recycling, energy saving, famine, water shortage, flood, children's rights, mobbing, racism, arms race, war, poverty, sense of public responsibility, immigration, terrorism, domestic violence, (road) safety, integration of people with handicaps, cruelty to animals, …
These projects and strategy are developed by the ICT-co-ordinator of the Free Primary Schools of Meulebeke in Belgium with the help of partners from Belgium, Israel, Canada, Japan, South-Africa, Mongolia, Slovakia, USA, Poland, Romania, Estonia, Italy, England and Hungary.