Fernado Pessoa - Portuguese poet - 1888-1935
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Why did you create this innovation?
When I started working with people with special needs was difficult to find materials that weren´t childish and were adapted to their capabilities and ages. So I started to make my own digital resources. Students liked very much and were curious to know how these were made. From the moment I taught them how to do it, they had better results because they start to made resources to help other people
How does your innovation work in practice?
It is very simple indeed and it is because of this simplicity that it has been a success. We generally use Power Point to create the materials because it is an application known by teachers and students. We create the templates that have 2 types of links: the wrong answer that makes a sound like “oh oh” or “try again” and the right answer that advances to the next challenge (slide). To make the game more interactive and accessible to everyone, the prisoners created 24 consoles with 2 large buttons made from a recycled keyboard. One button is the TAB key that scans through the links, the other is the ENTER key which makes the selection of the answer.
The students with special needs build resources for their classes or to any teacher that order us. Then they help the teachers with the presentation in the classroom. By creating the resources they are much more motivated to learn because they are helping someone.
This can work with everyone, not only with students with special needs.
How has it been spreading?
I met Paulo Serra in the Global Teacher Prize 2020. Immediately this IT teacher that works at the Castelo Branco prison embrace these ideas with his students
We created the website and held the first online workshop for 200 teachers. Here 2 students with special needs explained how to build a resource to the audience https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJAhHOpCyeA
The project captured the interest of the media with a highlight on the television interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-J0X2ZlzO18
We ask to both city councils the materials for the inmates to make the consoles and we started a training workshop for teachers in our schools https://www.facebook.com/maisspower/posts/272097841601953
We invite teachers to order us resources at salaS!Mbiose https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnetWdFVO4Y
If I want to try it, what should I do?
Easy!!! Go to https://www.maispower.pt/ and in the “recursos” tab you will find several resources and templates that are shared for free
Not sure how to do it? No problem, the “recursos” tab also has tutorials where people with special needs explain how to do it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTO4BaWhom8
It could be more accessible to everyone if https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2TXZaXjG-8