About Openmind Projects Way to Learn
IT and Internet provide special opportunities for poor students deprived of good education!
21st century education focus on skills, the skills that are more important than factual knowledge which can be found online today. That means the core competencies that help young people to success in their future: Critical thinking and problem solving, communication and team work, creativity and innovation as well as digital literacy and an open mind, flexibility.
Young people stay connected online via smartphones and social media.
The opportunities to distance and instant learning are better than ever! A major challenge is of course to encourage young people to use their smartphones 'wisely', as learning tools. What if they spent just 25 % of their chatting on learning online? Unfortunately there is limited desire to use IT for learning! What lacks is the motivation, a good reason, to look for knowledge, The first and major challenge is to create curiosity and inspiration to learn. Traditional education is not very good at that, of course with some outstanding exceptions, teachers!
Openmind Projects is blending online learning with modern pedagogical thinking!
Openmind Projects engage students in concrete learning tasks, create teams and design team work activities using IT for finding, sharing and discussing facts and information.
We stimulate teenagers to find information and learn online, thus improving online searching skills, and move towards more independent and proactive learners.
Motivation, confidence and ability to work in teams are keys to becoming successful learners. So too are critical, analytical and creative thinking, IT and online searching skills as well knowledghe of the English language. Openmind Projects learning activities are designed to foster these skills. Students form teams to interact, learn and solve tasks together while using the Internet. Openmind Projects staff, trainees and overseas volunteers only act as facilitators, not teachers.
Team work, sharing and debating.
Children learn to solve tasks together, to share knowledge and exchange views with other students in debates thus reflecting on their learning.
Openmind Projects focus on tasks linked to questions about the environment,such as deforestation, global warming, waste and recycling, as well as technology and jobs, technology and education, healthy living and food.
Young but poor village children are invited to Openmind Projects Camps and Training Center
The learning activities are designed according to the principles of learning by doing, task based learning. Learn and then use the new knowledge immediately to solve a task! Openmind Projects staff, other trainees and volunteers act as facilitators.
Typical and provocative questions and tasks to answer are:
Is technology good or bad for jobs? Are social media good or bad for learning? Should smartphones be used at or banned from schools? Should cars be banned from cities?
Students learn to search online, use their smartphones, find information, form their own views and then debate with each other, yes or no, good or bad. While they do their fact finding, analyze and debate, they improve their English and online searching too! They become aware of important issues for their own future, and they grow more confident to have an opinion of their
Says Wah Wah 17, from Myanmar.
'I liked the debates because I can share information with friends in my group and search the internet to debate with another group. When I studied in my school every teacher teaches in lessons but when I come to Openmind Projects they make us learn English when learning about the world, environment, health and I search the internet for the debates together with my friends, teamwork.'
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By Sven Mauleon, Chairman, cofounder, Openmind Projects