WHY PRESENTING “A LONDON GUIDE FOR KIDS” AT THE BETT SHOW IN LONDON

When I received an email from the BETT last Summer and was asked if I wanted to submit a project to be presented at the show I immediately thought of our London guide for kids. I just wanted to show how crucial is to put students in the centre of the teaching and learning process and the key role that technology should be given in education, that is, serving pedagogyand not the other way round. Sometimes it can be very tempting to attend this kind of events and feel bewilderment about great techy presentations given to an audience that might see technology as the perfect solution for this rapidly changing world. A London guide for kids was meant to be presented from a clear pedagogical perspective. I took my risks. I was well aware of that most professionals were coming to see how technology might change their classrooms and schools but in fact, I was more concerned about how to highlight the importance to switch from traditional methods to giving students a more leading role in a new teaching & learning context. And, of course, how technology can fit in this pedagogical change.

Presenting the London guide at the Learn Live Theatre, BETT London

I started my presentation by providing the audience with a real context for the project, by answering the following questions: How and more importantly why I was teaching and kids learning with such approach. This problem-based learning project was carried out by two 7/8 year-old Spanish kids classes that currently benefit from a British Council Bilingual programme that has been running in some public schools in Spain over the last two decades. This means that these children learn English through an integrated curriculum with a 40% of sessions taught in English. Thanks to this programme they hold a considerably higher level of English than the average.

I also found vital to explain that the children were used to working with active methodologies and technology in class as well as outside the classroom. The problems and the questions with possible solutions about the London guide were posed by the kids with just little help and guide from the teacher. At this point of the presentation it was easy for the audience to see the real purpose of the project: learning makes sense when you are able to understand and communicate what you know by using a range of sources. A London guide for kids turns out to be a good example of how to combine active methodologies with the effective use of Information and Communication Technology as well as showing how offline and online worlds can live together in a 21st century classroom.

A LONDON GUIDE FOR KIDS:

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