Blu and the sky. An astronomical education project for kindergartens based on the model of metacognitive cooperative learning.
16:30 - 16:45
The creation of the character of Blu stems from the need to find an effective interlocutor in astronomical education for kindergarten (and primary school) sector: Blu is not a dispenser of knowledge, Blu knows nothing, does not know our Planet, he doesn't even know what it is. Children tell him about our world and the Universe, with simple words. Who reads and listens his adventures could explain him many things, maybe obvious and trivial for us but not for Blu. What are days and night? What is a star? And what is the light? Each child discover himself/herself as the bearer of knowledge and experiences and becomes aware of being part of a Universe full of lot of things to be explored. The stories of Blu become an interactive e-book, developed with experts in instructional design and Universal design for learnig, easily accessible to all thanks to the highly legible characters, the transcription of the text in AAC and the synchronized reading of the text. The final product is completed with accompanied by multimedia contents to be downloaded, such as the printable version of the story, the cards for educational activities and the audio book. The talk will present the general outline of the project and its application during the 2018/19 school year in two kindergarten schools of the Cagliari hinterland.