Building your own Creative Teaching Practise

The UNESCO Young Digital Creator's programme promotes the creative online learning environment by encouraging learning communities to gradually construct, through a collaborative process and creative digital practises, a deeper understanding of each other's different and shared perspectives on global issues of our time.

From: Unesco

UNESCO DIGIARTS
INTERNATIONAL CALL FOR PARTICIPATION
UNESCO YOUNG DIGITAL CREATORS

Special Session 2006 for TEACHERS and EDUCATORS
‘Building your own Creative Teaching Practise”

The UNESCO DigiArts Team invites teachers and educators to participate in building their own creative teaching practises based on the Young Digital Creators (YDC) online learning platforms on the theme of Water and HIV/AIDS.
The call seeks to engage teachers/educators to reflect on the topics of water or HIV/AIDS and to take part in an online session with their students for undertaking a collaborative digital piece.

Timeline
Deadline for registration 6 December 2006
Session running from 8 December 2006 – 16 February 2007
Selection of best practises 28 February 2007

PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION AND GUIDELINES
Introduction
Facing the growing presence of information and communication technology within every aspect of our lives, digital technology and communication media have brought new perceptions and socio-cultural interactions into our environment, transforming the way in which we experience our surroundings. In this context, the UNESCO Young Digital Creator’s programme promotes the creative online learning environment by encouraging learning communities to gradually construct, through a collaborative process and creative digital practises, a deeper understanding of each other’s different and shared perspectives on global issues of our time. The importance of visual communication using digital media is particularly emphasized as an essential exercise in favouring the comprehensive consideration of various social and cultural values. It is truly timely and crucial that teachers and educators with their students express their unique observations, reflections, and socio-cultural realities on global sustainable issues, such as water, HIV and AIDS, through creative digital productions.

I. The Sound of our Water
No one will argue that water is essential for human development and survival, which brings out one of the most significant global challenges of Earth’s ecosystems addressing the sustainable development of water resources. Furthermore, the links with societal and cultural considerations are as critical an issue as they will enable people to adopt new behaviours to developing further understanding on the values of water environment. In this regard, we invite teachers and educators to act as catalysts in expressing their visions on water through creative digital soundscapes using the YDC application of “Sound of our water” (http://unesco.uiah.fi/water/).

The “Sound of our water” programme is designed for the users to create their own digital sound and music pieces based on their thoughts and experiences linked to water environment and surroundings. This web-based application was launched in May 2004 and has been exercised with the participation of more than 55 groups of young creators from different schools/clubs/centres in Cameroon, Lebanon, Pakistan, South Korea, Tunisia, etc.

II. Youth creating and communicating on HIV and AIDS
A healthy population and safe environments are important pre-conditions for sustainable development and education remains one of the best hopes to stimulate the behaviour changes and the cooperation needed to stem the pandemic of HIV/AIDS. This is why giving opportunities to effectively communicate through creative expressions that reflect on HIV and AIDS prevention and care is essentially important. However, the education of many children and young people around the world is compromised by conditions and behaviours that undermine the physical and emotional well-being that makes learning possible. With this in mind, teachers and educators with their students are encouraged to address behaviours and attitudes towards HIV and AIDS making a digital triptych with the YDC application “Youth creating and communicating on HIV/AIDS” (http://digiarts-hiv-unesco.org/).

The “Youth creating and communicating on HIV and AIDS” programme is a web-based learning application designed for young people to collaboratively construct a digital triptych based on mutual understanding of each other’s reflections on the topic of HIV and AIDS. The programme, launched in May 2004, has been practised with the participation of more than 25 schools/clubs/centres in Austria, Bangladesh, Benin, Cameroon, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Lebanon, Macedonia, Pakistan, Senegal, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, etc.

How to participate
In order to fully participate in the programme, the participating teachers and educators are asked to:
1) Use the Young Digital Creators Educator’s Kit, particularly its second part introducing detailed lesson plans and practical guidelines, to build their own lesson plans according to their own teaching context and specific learning activities related to the chosen topic of either water or HIV/AIDS and customized.

The Young Digital Creators Educator’s Kit applies a pedagogical module of project-based learning, interdisciplinary learning, and community building for educators in teaching their own subjects in classrooms and within other educational settings (youth clubs, community centres, etc). All the resources and materials provided in the Kit can be downloaded at:
http://www.unesco.org/culture/en/digiarts/ydc/kit (English)
http://www.unesco.org/culture/fr/digiarts/ydc/kit (French)

2) Lead a small group of their students in creating digital productions as a group work using the YDC online applications of either the “Sound of our water (http://unesco.uiah.fi/water/)” or ‘Youth creating and communicating on HIV and AIDS (http://digiarts-hiv-unesco.org/)’.

3) Respond to the two questionnaires of the Young Digital Creators Educator’s Kit.
The first questionnaire, the pre-questionnaire, would be for immediate feedback from the teacher users before planning the lessons, where as the second post-questionnaire would be to concretely know how they used the kit in their own creative online learning activities.
Electronic version of the Questionnaires of the Young Digital Creators Educator’s Kit available on request and online version at:
PRE-questionnaire
http://portal.unesco.org/culture/en/ev.php-URL_ID=32217&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html
POST-questionnaire
http://portal.unesco.org/culture/en/ev.php-URL_ID=32218&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html

Special invitation
The UNESCO DigiArts team in collaboration with the organizers of the Sharjah Biennial 8 (4 April – 4 June 2007, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates) will invite a number of the teacher participants of this session to participate in a face-to-face workshop with a professional media artist in building stronger capacities for creative online learning activities. It is also expected to be an excellent occasion to interact with their peer educators from different regions and cultures. In addition, the best practises of the session will also be presented at Sharjah Biennial 8.
http://www.sharjahbiennial.org/

Objectives
The main objectives of this initiative are to:
i) encourage teachers/educators to use project-based learning activities within a creative learning environment;
ii) promote creative interpretations of sustainable development issues through the innovative use of arts and creativity and of interactive multimedia tools;
iii) help build mutual respect and understanding among learning communities and further motivate the engagement of youth in the creative and collaborative act of digital production;
iv) facilitate collaborative and interactive platforms, online networks and digital communities for teachers/educators to share their experiences and visions and to exchange resources and practises;
v) give teachers/educators access to ICT resources and creative tools helping them obtain skills of manipulating different digital and online applications.

General Guidelines to apply
– Teachers/educators should be ready to work on the topic of Water or HIV/AIDS.
– Check if you have the basic requirements to participate in the session: group of students, computers with Windows OS, internet connection.
– Collaborative participation from more than one educator is highly welcomed.
– Educators from under-represented countries are especially encouraged to participate.

What to submit
– One user name and password of the YDC online application would be distributed to each teacher/educator per group once they have submitted the following materials to digiarts@unesco.org by 6 December 2006:
– Registration form
– Short introduction of teachers/educators and group of students including contact information (postal address, telephone number, email address, photo, etc)
– The expected submissions from participants at the end of the session would be:
– 1 Digital water sound piece or full participation in making 1 digital triptych on HIV and AIDS
– Tailor-made lesson plans in the format of a written document (word or pdf) or story board documenting the process of making the digital productions
– Feedback to the 2 questionnaires on the use of the YDC Educator’s Kit (Electronic version available at:
http://www.unesco.org/culture/en/digiarts/ydc/kit)
– The official languages for submission are English and French.

Scientific Committee
An international scientific committee, composed of members of UNESCO, professional artists, educational specialists, youth NGO representatives representing different geo-cultural regions, will be assembled online. The members of this committee will be selecting the participants to be invited to the special face to face session at the Sharjah Biennial 8.

Contact
For more details, visit:
http://www.unesco.org/culture/digiarts/ydc
Or contact:
digiarts@unesco.org

UNESCO YDC Coordinator
Ms Doyun Lee
http://portal.unesco.org/digiarts
Tel: 33 1 45 68 43 72

Sharjah Biennale 8 Education Coordinator
Ms Zikrayat Matouk
http://www.sharjahbiennial.org/

Website: http://www.unesco.org/culture/digiarts/ydc


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