The primary objectives are to help students understand their urban environment and see it as their own. The project focuses on visualizing common elements in their vicinity, reflecting on potential improvements, viewing the town as an interactive space for intervention, and generating proposals for neighborhood enhancement.
The methodology consists of image editing using the free software GIMP. The project begins with individual work and progresses to group collaboration. Ideas for improvements are shared in class and distributed across different neighborhoods. Students create projects showcasing their proposed improvements and present them using audiovisual presentations. The project concludes with reflection.
The project emphasizes both the development of technical skills and critical thinking about public and private spaces. Conclusions are drawn from the entire activity, taking into account the use of tools and the effectiveness of the presentations.
The study area for this educational activity is the urban environment in which the students live, particularly focusing on their own neighborhoods and streets. The students are encouraged to understand and analyze their immediate surroundings, from the area outside their homes to the organization of services within their town. This localized approach allows them to connect with their urban environment on a personal level and identify areas that could benefit from improvements. The study area is not limited to a specific city or town but encompasses the students’ own neighborhoods and the common elements and spaces within them.
The type of collaborative experience in this educational activity is primarily project-based collaboration. Students work together in groups and as individuals to study and improve their urban environment. Here’s how the collaboration is structured:
Throughout the activity, students engage in collaborative learning by sharing their ideas, coordinating their efforts, and collectively working toward the goal of understanding and enhancing their urban environment. This type of project-based collaboration fosters teamwork, creativity, and problem-solving skills among the students.
The learning experience described is primarily carried out within a school or educational institution, specifically within the context of 3rd Compulsory Secondary Education. Here are the key locations where the learning experience takes place:
Overall, the learning experience blends classroom-based activities with practical, real-world engagement in the students’ urban environment, emphasizing hands-on learning and application of knowledge.
Mobile and computers.
The intervention in their street, to check if they feel that their street is part of their space, that it does not start behind the door of their house.
We work on image editing, the elaboration of a project and its presentation in the classroom. On the other hand we have the reflection on the public and private space.