We will discuss the role of global collaboration as learning environments for the 21st century, drawing on our experiences in the World Museum Project (WMP: http://sns.hiroba.sist.chukyo-u.ac.jp/), a global network of many schools and museums to collaboratively create large artworks based on Scratch.
In the WMP, the teachers and students have designed three types of collaboration:
• Collective: individually created small Scratch projects are included in a large project. (E.g., World Friends Project).
• Dialogical: participants remix each others’ Scratch projects to carry on a dialogue. (E.g., World Friends on Tour Project)
• Integrative: participants work on a large artwork together. (E.g., Kids Guernica Project)
We will discuss how the Creative Mindset expanded, in the course of several collaborative projects, from constructing meaning for individuals, to constructing sharable meanings, and to constructing learning communities across cultures and generations. We then compare these observations with the learning process in real-world communities and discuss implications for building a global community in which we all contribute and learn from each other.
The first European conference on Scratch will be held July 25-27 in Barcelona. Educators, researchers, developers and other members of the worldwide Scratch community are gathering to celebrate and share the creative possibilities of Scratch. If you're interested in learning to program and programming to learn, join us!