About The Kindersite

Today the Kindersite are specilists in two areas of education:

Disseminating to European and global education through using the Internet as a tool of personal and mass dissemination

Building creative classroom structures through a top down influencing government, bottom up teaching teachers how to be creative in the classroom

Joel Josephson

Joel_Board.jpgJoel has had a varied career that has involved publishing for museums and galleries and distributing for the UK, French and Austrian Galleries. He spent 10 years as a high tech consultant, advising companies and parliamentary committees on digital policies. For the last 10 years he has been involved as an innovative educator, having founded the website the Kindersite Project in 2003 that built up a following of over 20,000 schools, he then went on to invent great European funded projects with a focus on including the arts and music as cross-curricular activities, and also games-based learning.

In April 2013 Joel was invited to present his ideas for education and how he is advancing these ideas through projects at a TedX event on education, you can see his talk here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7u120FsYnGI

In addition, the PopuLLar EU project that Joel initiated was the recipiant of the 2015 European Medea award for best project for European collaboration.

 

  Completed European Projects  

aPLaNet - The Autonomous Personal Learning Networks” for Language Teachers
Mission - To help language educators become autonomous users of Personal Learning Networks. 

Description - The Autonomous “Personal Learning Networks” for Language Teachers (aPLaNet) project is a European Union education project  that will help language educators who are not yet using social networks, to understand:

  • What are social networks for language educators?
  • Why should they use them?
  • How can they get involved and still keep their privacy?

Website
aPLaNet_Community

 
   
EuroLib - The European Children's Travelling Language Library, is a European Union funded project. It is targeted at motivating and stimulating children that have recently started to learn a foreign language.

Travelling libraries of the most beautifully illustrated children's books in many European languages will travel from school to school across Europe. Each school has the library for a period and has to carry out a number of educational and collaborative activities before, during and after the visit of the Library and place the results on the project website for use and viewing by other schools

Activities will include inter-comprehension, comprehension, creative expression, criticism, reflection, task-based learning, collaboration and using languages within a social context.
On the project website and travelling with the library itself will be tools, teacher diaries and teacher guides.

At the close of the project an Association will be formed to enable the continuation and enlargement of the project. Website

 
   

Web2.0ERC - built simplified and integrated Web 2.0 tools with full instructions for educators. The Web 2.0ERC European Union funded project is designed to help educators who find ICT confusing to have a simple and secure environment to use ICT in their work and in their classes. Website

The project built a simple web site that included the most popular tools (Wikis, Blogs, communications, Social Networking etc.) with clear guides on:

  • How to use the tools
  • How they can be used in education
 
   

ARGuing for multilingual motivation in Web 2.0 - ARGuing is a cutting-edge project that addresses two fundamental needs in European education in a totally innovative manner. Firstly how to bridge the widening technological gap between educators and their students and secondly how to motivate students to understand the benefits of learning languages at a level that impacts on their existing personal lives.

The project will achieve these important needs by building a methodology for educators that includes Web 2.0 technology, i.e. using digital technology to create and communicate. Secondly, the project will construct an Alternate Reality Game that utilizes digital technology as a communication tool for international, multilingual peer student communities that have to solve the puzzle by working as a massively multiplayer collaborative group, in multiple languages. Website

 
   

Chain Stories - Chain Stories is a European Union, Lingua project designed to promote European multiligual and multicultural society.

The project is designed for young students as they enter their first year of learning a foreign language.

It will motivate students by showing them the advantage of learning foreign languages. They will be involved in a project that requires them to communicate with and comprehend students in others countries.

Initially this project will target schools that use one of the 5 Romance languages of Europe (French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish) but later will include other language groups. Website

 
   
Lullabies from the Cradle - This project will expose Europeans to a lullabies in multiple languages that will initiate and encourage diverse language use.

The introduction of foreign language lullabies, with explanations and rich multimedia enhancements, will resonate in children, and promote motivation and engagement in language learning when they commence foreign language learning in their schooling.

Adults and educators will also be able to use the content either in its basic format, as a lullaby to calm and sooth children, or as an introduction to language within a family or early learning environment.

The final repository of lullabies have been added to the Kindersite. Website

 
   

Don't Give Up - motivational best practices for Adult Learners (Life-long learning).

Many life-long learners (people who have completed their initial education) take courses of study but then lose motivation to complete, due to the pressures of work and family that surround them. This project will compile a Best practice resource to enable schools, colleges and adult educators to add in motivational and dynamic elements that will lower the dropout rate from courses. Website

 
   
Families and Active Citizenship Education - building tools to train professionals in how to stimulate Active Citizenship within communities.

Trainer training opportunities and materials for the provision of Family Learning programs aiming to promote and develop Active Citizenship and Participatory Democracy. Website

 
   

TOOL for Online and Offline Language Learning - blended learning courses for less-well taught languages.

This project will create language courses in European languages that are rarely available for study - Dutch, Estonian, Hungarian, Maltese, Slovenian. Website

 
   

Autonomous Language Learning - blended-learning language courses to raise students to autonomy in Romanian, Lithuanian, Turkish and Bulgarian.

This project brings together partners from Universities, teacher training colleges, language schools etc.to complete state-of-the-art blended language courses. The project will complete a blended language-learning platform that will enable sufficient flexibility to be implemented for any level, age or language.

Blended learning combines online and offline elements to ensure high motivational value with flexible access to the course. Website

 
   
EduComics - showed educators how online comics can be used in the classroom to enhance learning, engage and motivate students, and use technology in a practical and effective way. The project will create training material for teachers and organise seminars for teachers in Greece, Cyprus, UK, Italy and Spain. These attending teachers will be able to apply strategies and lesson plans in their schools.

The potential for Web comics to be used in education offers educators a means of using multimedia (text, images, audio and video) with their students in most curricular areas. For example, within science, a student can navigate through a web comic book that shows different characters/actors arguing about a science topic. In languages, characters could be placed in a restaurant were they have to order a meal. A web comic can also allow audio in the languages. Website

 
   
GLOSSA - creating online methodologies, tools and content for advanced level (C1, C2) of language learning. Website  
   
ECLIL - producing CLIL resources and a CLIL resource centre (Content language integrated learning). Website  
   
  CHIPs eLearning Project for EUROPEAN COMMISSION Directorate-General for Education and Culture - Socrates Actions

This project aims at organising, in a rational and transferable way, the existing good practices on digital literacy (digital resources of on and off-line products aimed at developing ICT skills and its responsible use) and its promotion within the EU within a target group of children from 5 to 12 years old.

 
   
 

Learning at Europe for the Hypermedia Open Centre (Polytechnico di Milano, Italy) with Accenture

Learning at Europe is one of the most successful global applications of 'Blended' learning. It combines technology and traditional learning to achieve motivation, engagment and success for students.Website

 
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