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  • Manon Ballester

Inspiring Initiatives - Creative design for teachers with La Fabulerie

It is crucial for the Unplugged consortium members to benefit from the feedback and point of view of teachers, to ensure that our material will actually be used in the schools, and will consist of inspiring resources for the educational sector. To reach this level of interaction, we are willing to implement in the months to come, creative design thinking workshops with teachers, enabling to present the results we have, and co-construct the tools to materialise them in playful activities. This activity is nowadays led by our partner La Fabulerie, thanks to their expertise in co-creation and project-based learning.

Since 2010, La Fabulerie has invented new ways of learning while experimenting and playing. Through the years, they have developed a strong network of partners and friends and nowadays, La Fabulerie is working with schools, libraries, museums and corporations to unlock their creativity and enhance their digital skills. This knowledge is shared through creative workshops, training sessions, and digital resources. Last year La Fabulerie created a digital museum for schools in their venue in Marseille, which brings together all their experiments and skills: digital content, open data, theatrical mediation and immersion.

While not new, project-based learning has become a popular method to try and move beyond surface-level learning. Many teachers are trying to figure out the right ingredients for strong projects that interest and engage students while helping them meet required learning targets. But implementing project-based learning well isn’t easy, especially when many teachers are more accustomed to direct instruction when they can be sure they’ve at least touched on all the topics in the curriculum. On top of the push toward projects, some educators are also embracing maker-education, a distinct but often overlapping idea. Teachers and educational referees enjoy working with La Fabulerie for their alternative approach to education and our homemade creative tools. A hands-on making component to a classroom project is a great enhancement, teachers and maker spaces discuss through.

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