Welcome to the World Ecitizens Online Environment, a resource for educational collaboration in topics such as responsible citizenship, mutual respect, combating social injustice, conflict prevention and resolution and using technology for learning.
The World Ecitizens (WE) Project aims to encourage understanding between peoples and communities, and to share the fascinating diversity within nations, and across the world. World Ecitizens take responsibility for our actions, and strive to make the world a better, more peaceful place, through collaborative learning projects.
The new Scratch 3 version of the Lambeth College “Keeping Safe” project has now been completed. The first half of the project was presented at IFIP SUZA, Zanzibar, in April, and the additional musical aspects, and final learning outcomes, were presented at the inaugural TPEA Conference at the University of Winchester in July. To see the joint presentation given, remarkably, by three generations of the same family, click here.
The WE Literacy from Python school programming project has been updated. See a new Maisy and Malika short story, Chapter 5 with teaching suggestions, at:
As well as posting new teaching materials, we plan to feature some of the brilliant WE and MirandaNet archived projects, over the coming months.
An international computing conference, organised with the support of our university colleagues in Finland, has resulted in an exciting new educational collaboration between the State University of Zanzibar (SUZA) and World Ecitizens (WE). Click here for details.
Our next step, below, is to present a journey through the series of story-telling projects which have evolved over several years. Click on the links.
Story-telling has been used as a means to support pupil learning in a number of curriculum areas:
Scientific understanding, through the international STAR project (Science Through ARts, developed with NASA scientists in Cleveland, Ohio)
Bi-lingual international story writing, through Stories for Children supported by teachers and pupils in Taiwan, and China
Computer coding concepts, through Stories for Children 2 a teaching model which developed from this
Scratch computer coding skills, through Literacy from Scratch co-developed with schools in London and Prague (through Charles University), and with Torino University, Italy
Python coding through Literacy from Python, which began life on the WE site, but now has its own website
The thread that unites these projects is a fundamental belief in creativity, collaborative working, and cross-curricular teaching and learning. And learning as fun!
Community focussed projects, another aspect of the World Ecitizens philosophy, can be found in the MirandaNet Archive:
Community Cohesion Projects
1. Healthy Eating – the production of healthy eating recipes, for and by people with learning disabilities, using visual learning techniques. Commissioned by NHS Kingston. (Published by the “Journal of Assistive Technologies, Volume 3, Issue 1 March 2009)
2. Keeping Safe – a DVD created for and by people with learning disabilities about personal safety. Commissioned by NHS Kingston. (Published by “Journal of Assistive Technologies, Volume 4, Issue 2, June 2010) This is currently being redeveloped, using Scratch 3.
3. Creating and using Interactive Whiteboard Games – commissioned by Lambeth College
4. Acquired Brain Injury – commissioned by Kingston Social Services
5. International Links Paper given at the RITWIT Conference, Cambridge, 2009. Teaching English, using an interactive whiteboard to Taiwanese students, online.
Other community projects by Rob Ellis