GLOBALFOKUS on Social Inclusion 

- with Coding Pirates and SAXO


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When we first formed as a group what brought us together was a shared urge and vision to let children and adults from all over the world learn and develop through technology - we've focused on including children and adults with different challenges mentally or physically in technological learning processes from the start. Our vision is that no individual must be excluded from the possibility of learning or developing through technology. Somehow our key word has been inclusion since we started up as a group August 2015, we just haven't verbalized it until now.


Now we've decided to redesign a technological learning tool and the context of use. We've geographically divided our group in two and we've chosen LittleBits and Ozobots - LittleBits are technological parts that users can put together to build basically anything. The outputs are magnetic for user friendliness and it is possible to build anything from flashlights, engines, watches, mazes and so on - only imagination sets the limits.

Ozobots are little robots, that move around depending on how you program them. They can respond to colors with colors and assigned movements, they can circle and go back and forward. They provide the possibility of users with almost any level of function to get their hands on programming.

In practice we've build two workshops. These workshops are test centers, where we try out the redesign of the use of the learning tool in a new context, with social inclusion in elementary school as our vision. How can we use a redesign of two Coding Pirates technological tools and create a concepts in the use of them, that enhances social inclusion in elementary school?


Coding Pirates is an organization with the vision to provide space for technological creativity for children - the organization is Danish and has it's users spread out all over the country. We've chosen the learning tools LittleBits and Ozobots based on inspiration from Coding Pirates' use of those, and created the two workshops.

The first one is this one:

We played with ozobotz in a 4th grade for pupils with special needs. The pupils we're challenged to 'design' themselves as ozobotz, so it got some of their own features of personality. Afterwards the pupils should agree on a destination for the classtrip-roleplay. Every ozobot had a letter attached, so that the pupils could make a word due to the end of the roleplay. The word was 'friend'. The goal with this workshop was to use the technology Ozobotz as a tool to facilitate social inclusion. We want to give the pupils a feeling of being part of something bigger and make them feel that their personality is valued in the group.


The second one:

We used LittleBits with a group of elementary school children from third and fourth grade. The vision was to not only crate social inclusion during the use of the learning tool, but also to use the tool to an after dialogue about what social inclusion means to the students, and what they and their teachers can do to ensure it. The concept was that the students were to build two future classrooms in two groups out of shoe boxes, cardboard, colored papers, glue, Popsicle sticks and colors. The future classes should be a place where all students would be valued individually and afterwards the class rooms were to be put together so they would create a future school where all the students would be socially included in some way.

The workshops were successful and the children created classrooms with electronically gardens, ventilation fans just for fun, funny door bells and light shows. During and after the construction phase, the students had a long dialogue about social inclusion, what it means to them, they shared their own experiences and what they saw as the future - a bullying free school, with space and place for individuality, fun, weirdness, seriousness, happiness, sadness, individual religious views, and physical and mental challenges.

We are using a human centered and an empathic design and constantly ask ourselves: what are we doing, why are we doing it, for whom and how?


Our vision has been built on top of Coding Pirates wish to spread out technology through creativity and SAXOS work with technological designs and redesign concepts, and we've done qualitative research to obtain our theory from practice and to test the two prototypes.

We've also studies social inclusion and asked ourselves; what is social inclusion, and why do we want it? We've based the design thinking and implementation of social inclusion on theories from Joseph Giacomin on Human Centered Design, John Wiley on creativity, Wenger on situated learning, the Ministry of Education of Denmark on social inclusion and Alenkær on social inclusion and many more.

Author(s): AWWM
Published at: 23 Apr 2016 00:05 GMT
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