Education  Japan Project #33595

Digital Citizens

by YouMeWe NPO
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We are living in a different world than our parents. We are also teaching children who will live in the 22nd century which begs the question of  "what can we possibly teach them now that they can use in the next century?"

We try to teach children in the way they want to learn; in a curious and fun way. As their future is rushing at them, we attempt to put a structure in the noise of games and numerous paths they can take to bridle the opportunities that lay on their horizons.

Starting with career assessment tests for the future, we have several programs where the children living in group homes in Japan can choose to sign up & pursue the skills we are helping them with.

1) NightZooKeeper English training which is a game and online

2) Helping connect children with elderly to teach them ICT Skills (how to Skype, how to use a smart phone and order online as career training

3) Train them to be Japanese language instructors for the future and

4) Robotics courses & coding.

Our work as a Common Sense Educator earned us a new badge. We've included a new badge from Common Sense.org as well as our presentation, below,  to showcase our commitment to helping kids use tech responsibly to learn, create, and participate.

We want to tell other educators about our badge! Invite them to join our cohort and commit to shaping students into happy and healthy digital citizens. 

Thank you for your continued dedication to helping students thrive in the digital age.

Regards,

 

Michael Clemons

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When is the last time you did something for the first time?

2019 has been a year of many firsts. Watching children run into a room late when Araki-sensei has already started the IchigoJam coding session, looking up at the board...searching for the letters on the keyboard. Hitting save, unplugging the chip, walking over to the robot and inserting it and bringing the robot alive.

Haba-sensei and Jason sensei working with David-sensei to introduce Scratch and weekly lessons to bring them to the point where they can confidently say that they programmed their robots from start to finish.

Gerhard-sensei meeting the kids at St.Francis and it first being three kids then six then 13.  Going from all boys to boys and girls. The older kids teaching the younger kids.

Juna sensei and Mayuko-sensei working with the kids at Fukushima Aiikuen to launch a drone to take video from the clouds.

Victor-sensei working with Sendai Tensien to get them set up start lessons with Natt-sensei.

The first half of 2019 was sparking the interest of the children with the possibilities. We then watched and responded to their interests. The second half of the year has been focused on more hard skills towards their futures. Juna was trained on how to be a facilitator of Financial Literacy (MONEY CONNECTION) and LIFE CONNECTION a program on how to put a plan in place for dealing with things that come the children's way in their lives. The financial literacy program raises awareness around finances and how much they will need to earn to be on their own. We then are having them take career assessment tests to highlight the possibilities for them to seek employment but more importantly to be mentored on the skill sets needed to pursue those roles.

These are then organized in portfolios for each kid to track their progress towards these goals. We are also tracking all graduating high school students and their plans post leaving the homes and wanting to keep in touch for future networking possibilities.

When is the last time did something for the first time....and what is next? What is the future of learning? What is worth knowing?

"If children are allowed to wander in a chaotic fashion they will crystalize around big ideas and at the edge of chaos, everything happens. The future is rushing at us and we need to prepare our children for the new world that we are going towards." Sugata Mitra SCHOOL IN THE CLOUD

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Ma-Chan and the Mellow Club (Senior computer club)
Ma-Chan and the Mellow Club (Senior computer club)

Since our last report we have distributed over 70 computers, and we have expanded to more homes. 

At this point we have distributed 450 computers to over 10 homes. It is not simply a physical donation, but it is also our volunteers and staff continuously visiting the homes to teach digital, and language skills. We know that this continuous support is so important for the kids.

We have also expanded our efforts to provide education as it pretains to children in need becoming digital citizens. We have done this by offering our computer language lession sessions to more and more homes. (Ichigo Jam, Scratch, Sphero Bolt, and more)

For language classes we are working with NightZookeeper, which is now providing NZK Missions. (An easier version of the English teaching tool that has many games.) Which has helped us to engage more young students

This past month we provided volunteers, funding and support for an annual arts summer camp for disadvantaged children in Tokyo. 30 kids participated from 3 homes, and through this summer camp we introduced many of the children to the Ichigo Jam class, where they could learn basic programming language to give commands to a robotic car.

 

 Moving forward:

We are putting the finishing touches on a new digital citizen's curriculum which we are looking to offer in the coming few months. 

We are also beginning to offer support like career assessments to the older kids. This means gauging their interests, personality and competency, which will then determine possible career paths. We believe this is extremely valuable to help disadvantaged children focus on their future, and how they can thrive in society.

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As summer approaches we are hard at work promoting digital literacy and connectedness to disadvantaged children.

 

Technology Donations:

While some of the children in the homes are 11 or 12, it is clear that they have not used a computer before. This is why when we donate laptops to the homes, we also take the time to educate the children on PC use and safe internet practices.

 

Night Zookeeper:

The team at Night Zookeeper is hard at work expanding their available English learning content, and likewise, we are expanding and promoting it to more children in Japan and other countries. This is one way we are promoting connectedness through education.

 

Programing Skills Education:

We continue to hold workshops where the kids learn about computer programing through hands-on methods. One long-running program is Code Club.

 

Some of the other programs we are teaching are: 

Sphero Bolt: The kids are able to program a robotic ball through a code script to then perform a task. This is a fun interactive way to introduce the children to coding concepts. 

SCRATCH: From the MIT media lab, Scratch allows kids to program their own games, stories, and animations. It builds on the same idea of using programing language to complete a task. It also adds a collaborative aspect allowing the kids to connect with other young users in different countries.

 

Design Artists Academy:

Our art summer camp for the children is being planned thoroughly, to ensure an amazing experience for the kids. Many professional artists and volunteers are getting involved.

 

Child Safety Protocol:

As an organization, we are growing, and while we hold education as a core value, we need to ensure that every child's safety remains paramount. This is why we have added a Child Saftey Protocol to hold ourselves accountable, and to act as a preventative measure for safety concerns in the future. 

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Children at Taiyo Gakuen in Tohoku
Children at Taiyo Gakuen in Tohoku

It was a busy year here at YouMeWe NPO, and we stood by our commitment to provide children in need tools and learning opportunities to create a successful future for themselves. Thanks to the resources from our donors and the hard work of our amazing staff, we continued to do a ton of good in our local and global community these first months.

  • Learning Competitions
  • Diplomacy
  • Fundraising

Though our work reaches globally, the majority of kids we help, live in children homes here in Japan. And we want to do even more. We are always welcoming new donors and volunteers.

Night Zookeeper Update

Get Ready for a worldwide competition! 

March is “World Creative Writing Month” from the same interactive game that is designed to foster excellent writing skills. It is also known as the world’s most exciting writing competition. In this competition children from all around the world will compete against each other by writing amazing stories. There will be prizes awarded to both the top teams and individuals who compete. This competition is a great chance for Night Zookeeper to connect more children through English learning and writing.

We have a passion for promoting children’s access to information, technology, and communication.

Meeting with the Ghana Ambassador

This is a great opportunity for the You Me We organization.

Recently the Ambassador of Ghana and our Founder, Michael Clemons, sat down with to discuss our vision here at You Me We. 

This meeting was not simply by chance. It just so happens that YouMeWe NPO is working with a teacher in Ghana to provide them with resources like software and WiFi. Through this support Ghanan children in a small rural community can connect to the world, and even take part in the “World Creative Writing Month” competition through Night Zookeeper.

Through our donors we are able to give continuous support of their connection to the world. Right now, this is provided by Wifi internet, but we would like to eventually get them resources like free satellite internet.

We possess a commitment to connect children everywhere through technology like we did in January at the Ichigo Jam Coding event. Please see the video link.

Digital Citizens in Ghana
Digital Citizens in Ghana

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