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Enciclomedia leaflet

IN THE NEWS: Enciclomedia

Mexican school children are fast gaining access to 21st. century digital education, thanks to a major new initiative that’s raising eyebrows around the world: the Enciclomedia project has been called ‘the world’s largest interactive classroom project’, and was the subject of a seminar in London at the recent BETT 2007 exhibition. (Written/compiled by Ian Mursell/Mexicolore)

BETT 2007, Olympia, London, January 2007
BETT 2007, Olympia, London, January 2007 (Click on image to enlarge)

The Guardian called it ‘probably the world’s bravest, most imaginative and ambitious implementation of education technology - putting interactive whiteboards into 165,000 state primary schools by the end of this year...’

The Guardian 9/1/07
The Guardian 9/1/07 (Click on image to enlarge)

The emphasis, however, is less on infrastructure and more on state-of-the-art interactive content: the entire school curriculum has been re-vamped, with the active support of the publisher of the curriculum itself - the Mexican government.

Dr. Raúl Medina Mora, BETT 2007 seminar
Dr. Raúl Medina Mora, BETT 2007 seminar (Click on image to enlarge)

‘We are designing a new learning community in the classroom which includes children and teachers in a dramatically and radically redesigned learning space’, says Raúl Medina Mora, the education consultant behind the project.

Numeracy, Mayan style...
Numeracy, Mayan style... (Click on image to enlarge)

From the examples shown by Dr. Medina at the BETT seminar, the aim of bringing the curriculum alive by packing the digitised version full of photo’s, artwork, film, sound and animations is certainly being fulfilled. A huge budget and years of painstaking development certainly helps...

Zero was invented twice - once by the ancient Mexicans...
Zero was invented twice - once by the ancient Mexicans...

The History section of Enciclomedia for 5th-6th Grades (10-12-year-olds) consists of a series of highly interactive, child-friendly ‘books’: Dr. Medina demonstrated highlights from the ‘Mexican History’ volume, focusing on the counting system of the Maya...

Tikal comes virtually to life...
Tikal comes virtually to life... (Click on image to enlarge)

... and on exploring archaeological sites - in this case Tikal in Guatemala - with the aid of dramatic 360-degree panoramic views and atmospheric jungle sounds.

Part of the huge BETT 2007 educational technology exhibition
Part of the huge BETT 2007 educational technology exhibition (Click on image to enlarge)

Partnerships between Mexican and British educational technology companies have been at the heart of much of the development of the Enciclomedia project.

By BETT 2008, Mexico-UK educational partnership projects will be even more advanced
By BETT 2008, Mexico-UK educational partnership projects will be even more advanced (Click on image to enlarge)

Mexicolore hopes to collaborate with ILCE (Instituto Latinoamericano de la Comunicación Educativa), the developers of Enciclomedia, in trialling the software behind the Aztecs ‘chapter’, in English, by British primary schools delivering the topic for Key Stage 2 in the National Curriculum. Watch this space...!

Learn more about Enciclomedia (Wikipedia)

The Guardian feature on Enciclomedia

BETT homepage

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