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Creating Together by By Kids to Kids
Andreas Schleicher - OECD - Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills
By Kids to Kids was born with the objective of enhancing the classroom experience by turning children´s stories and drawings into animated films. It very quickly turned into a valuable teaching and learning tool. With the support of psychologists, pedagogues, educators and teachers, By Kids to Kids developed a methodology that can be applied anywhere in the world, and with children of different age groups and backgrounds.
Creating Together is part of the By Kids to Kids platform and is designed to be simple and easily implemented. Through it, the children create stories, draw the characters and other elements of the story and narrate the stories. All these elements are then sent to By Kids to Kids that then produces animated film true to the children´s stories and using their drawings and narrations. The animated film then becomes a printed book.
These animated films and books are enjoyed by the students and other children across the world through our Encyclokids Platform, a digital video library.
While the children have fun creating stories, drawing characters and narrating, they develop skills they need to become more creative, collaborative and independent individuals.
Under the STEPS section below in this page you can find out more about the various benefits of the methodology as well as watch some of the hundreds of animations already produced.
Children and teachers enjoy the experience in different ways and for different reasons.
The children learn through play. Children like stories and drawing. And when they see these come to life through animations and books they are overcome with a sense of pride. They have together created something they can enjoy together, but that can and also will be seen by children across the globe and contribute to their lives.
The teachers will have a unique tool that will contribute to promoting a different learning experience to their students. Creating Together will help them enhance various skills their students need in and outside the classroom. These include social skills, but also reading and writing.
Creating Together is implemented at the teacher´s and the student´s own tempo. Some schools go through all the steps in 2 weeks, others may wish to take longer. The stories are also decided by the teacher. The stories can be based on a subject taught in class (thus contributing to the retention of the subject), they can be based on a topic of the daily life of the students (like friendship, bullying, manners, family or a new kid in school) or simply based on pure imagination.
By Kids to Kids / Creating Together works today with over 8.000 children in Brazil and has expanded to Denmark and soon scheduled to start in Sweden. Our goal is to be in five more countries by the end of 2021. Our representatives are ready to present our programs and aid teachers in the implementation.
Our headquarters are based in Brazil, where all the animated films are produced, independent of the language. We have today a representative in Europe, based in Denmark. Depending on the interest of other countries, new representatives are ready to come onboard.
Our animators are prepared to work remotely and in scale. We have developed a platform that allows animators located in different places around the world to carry out productions.
Eight reasons to implement Creating Together
1 - It offers the educator a new dynamic for teaching and learning by unifying technology and play.
2 - The program develops skills such as leadership, cooperation and discussion through teamwork and the division of responsibilities.
3 - It promotes inclusive education as it covers themes which value ethical, social, cultural, intellectual, physical and sensorial diversity.
4 - Contributes to the application of the content/subjects proposed by the school.
5 - Allows knowledge building in an innovative way, using the language of the student of the twenty first century.
6 - Promotes the interest for oral, written and artistic production within the group.
7 - Develops the student’s autonomy, creativity and social responsibility.
8 - Allows the child to be inserted in the virtual world in an attractive, legitimate and current manner