As we approach the end of the year we begin to make a balance of the workshop in order to make conclusions and changes for next year.
Analyzing the objectives we settled, we realized that the participants allow themselves to think different from the rest of the group and feel comfortable defending their point of view. They have developed critical thinking and gained self- steem on the process.
Thinking of 2015, we hosted a team of Harvard students in Rosario to work on a coding program as a compliment of our current e-learning workshop. During two weeks they trained a team of El Desafío staff members in coding and provided us with useful tips and tools to be able to create a program adapted to our needs. This will start next year in March! So stay in touch to hear more about this soon.
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As the classes unfold, the kids begin to understand what the program is all about and start to create their own vision and opinion on different topics, they have made a lot of progress expressing their ideas and started a blog where they report on the news from the different activities that occur in El Desafío.
Creating a news blog, means that the kids need to be focusing on creating visual content, making questions to other participants and teachers and taking notes about it. Also putting it all together brings up some discussions on what are the priorities in terms of what should go first and what second.
The blog, also allows the opportunity of exploring different leadership roles, such as editor, or head of visual content, that we are still working on to determine the best way to implement it so that every kid has the chance of taking over that responsibility.
It’s been two months since we started working again on the e-learning program and the results so far have been really interesting. For the first time the kids where challenged to make a presentation on something that they had developed in groups. They had worked on the “music” issue for a month and it was time to show the results. So one group created a video where they featured the importance and relationship between music and soccer, two of their passions. Another group created a blog where they discussed the history of music and the importance it had in each time. And the last group created a podcast based on their interests trying to mix every music style.
For many of the kids this experience meant listening to classical music for the first time and discovering that Beethoven is not just the name of a lovely dog from a movie. It made them realize that lyrics many times tell a story of a community and that videos weren’t always there.
The second topic they are working on is advertising. And although they hadn’t made their presentation yet, they already discovered that every advert has a meaning, and that not everything on tv is real.
We are back from summer holidays and as promised on the last report, I can now share with you how our space looks like after the renovation we did. The space is designed to provide flexibility to our daily activities and to inspire the kids´ creativity.
Besides the renovations during the holiday season we were busy planning the activities for the rest of the year to be fun, inspiring and creative. We also implemented a custom- made information system that allow us to easily track the results of our activities, and the participants’ development.
For this 2014 we have signed in 108 kids in our activities and we still have some more open spots to fill.
This year at the E-learning program the main objective will be to develop the kids critical thinking as they use new media and digital tools. They started the year working in groups investigating about music, and created a blog, a video and a podcast as a result of their investigation during a month. During april they will be focusing in the advertising world.
As we reached the end of 2013, we had our annual event where we shared inspiring stories about the year that was ending, and our plans for the future, where nearly 450 people assisted and the kids from e-learning had a stand where they showed the assistants their blog and talked about their experience on the program. Check out some pictures in this link http://www.flickr.com/photos/eldesafio/sets/72157638551312154/ and the blogs on the following links: www.pibespiolas.tumblr.com www.muchosdesafios.bogspot.com
Now, 2014 had arrived and the kids enjoying the long summer holidays down here, in the meantime, our team is putting a lot of new ideas into paper so that when kids come back we can wow them once again. With that spirit we are making a big renovation for our space that will be kept as a secret for now so that we don’t spoil the surprise. I promise to show you pictures as we put it in place. The other big new project is a new mentoring program that will be available for all the participants and for that we are bringing an expert from the US to Argentina to help us develop the program and train our team to become the best mentors possible.
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