by Brazilian Creative Learning Network
For the past four years, the Brazilian Creative Learning Network (BCLN) has been connecting thousands of educators interested in making Brazilian public education more hands-on, creative, and meaningful for young people. Although most of these educators align with the "concept" of Creative Learning, an educational framework proposed by the MIT Media Lab, many have not experienced this kind of learning by themselves. The "Creative Village" is a workshop that provides an opportunity for educators to experience a creative learning activity, reflect about their own role within creative learning environments, and discuss potential implications for their practices.
At the workshop, participants are invited to use low-cost craft materials and electronics to build a representation of a "creative village". As part of the process, they explore powerful ideas associated with civic life, and use the "Creative Learning Radar" to reflect about the key elements of creative learning activities, including: spatial layout, facilitation, technology, and curriculum connections.
Although we had experienced the Creative Village workshop with over 1000 educators of Brazil's public schools, this initiative, as well as others from the MIT Media Lab and the Brazilian Creative Learning Network, is in constant update and evolution. The voices of educators who are experiencing our materials and workshops are very important to us, so we can cultivate the creative learning spiral through constantly sharing, reflecting and improving these educational resources.
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