Soft skills matter 💫
"When asked which skills the children of today will need to develop to keep their jobs safe from automation, employers often highlight so-called “soft skills”, ...a suite of attributes that include social abilities like networking, communication, negotiation, team-building and problem-solving." via World Economic Forum
To test or not to test, this is the question 🤔
“I heard some teachers telling how children are experiencing stress-related crying, vomiting and sleeplessness over the high-stakes standardised tests” via The Guardian
Happy holidays from We Are Play Lab! May all children around the world receive the gifts of creativity, curiosity, persistence and lifelong learning. A big thank you for supporting us this year!
Great learning session on the design of toys teaching 21st century skills with the students from the Master of Interaction design at SUPSI in Lugano today
Lorenzo Romagnoli and I are giving a class on the design of toys for teaching the 21st skills. We had the pleasure to have two guest lecturers this week: many t...hanks to Cristina Riesen of We Are Play Lab and Simone Rebaudengo of automato.farm.
Today, from 45 concepts we have now five good ideas that will become soon functioning prototypes to play with. We will keep you posted on our playful adventures at Master in Interaction Design SUPSI #interactiondesign #tangibleinterfaces #physicalcomputing #play
Big thanks to Michaela Horvathova for joining us at the Swiss EdTech Collider today for a learning session on the future of education and skills. For those of you interested in this topic, we highly recommend having a look at: http://curriculumredesign.org/
What is the future of education and skills? We had a great learning session with Michaela Horvathova at the Swiss EdTech Collider in Lausanne today. Could not b...e more proud that Michaela is supporting our work at We Are Play Lab. She has been working with OECD on the topic of 21st century skills and with Harvard Prof. Charles Fadel on the groundbreaking Four-Dimensional Education framework
When kids design their own museum exhibition, magic happens. We were thrilled to be part of MuseomixKids last week at MuDA Together with the little participants we explored playful activities on the topic of empathy, curtesy of our talented Svenja and Hermione who recently graduated the Global Innovation Design Programme at the Royal College of Art in London
If you live near Lausanne and are interested in the future of education and 21st century skills, join us at the Swiss EdTech Collider on November 2nd
Interested in the future of education and 21st century skills? Join me and Michaela Horvathova, an experienced OECD educational consultant specialised in intern...ational education policy and research, on November 2nd at the Swiss EdTech Collider in Lausanne. Please register and share Kat Kelly Nettra Shirah Aline Sandrine Daphné Yan
What if kids could create the museum of tomorrow? A wonderful initiative by MuDA and MuseomixKids Exhibition + Finissage. We're thrilled to be there this Thursday and Friday. Together with the young participants we'll explore how to elevate the topic of empathy in a digital artistic environment through tangible playful activities
Our kind of school ❤️
Congrats Linda Liukas! We're big fans of Ruby
Today is finally the publication date for Hello Ruby: Journey Inside the Computer in US. And to top things, I got a pretty amazing review from one of the Bookli...st editors. I'm so happy and relieved, the US market is not the easiest and this is huge for Ruby. ✨✨✨
(For those not in the industry, Booklist is this super influential, over 100 years old review publication for libraries, schools and booksellers, run by American Library Association.)
"Ruby can do just about anything she sets her mind to, including beating her own boredom by playing on her father’s computer. But when the mouse fails to work, Ruby and the computer mouse (transformed into an actual mouse) make themselves smaller à la Alice in Wonderland and fall down the “mouse holes” into the computer in a journey reminiscent of The Magic School Bus. Ruby then introduces readers to the inner workings of a computer with anthropomorphized versions of bits, logic gates, and software. In the second half of the book, activities and games expand on Ruby’s journey by offering further explanations of computer components and inviting readers to make their own computers (albeit pretend ones made of paper and cardboard). Liukas’ whimsical multimedia illustrations nicely balance entertaining storytelling with informative images. The entire package is incredibly accessible, interesting, and kid-friendly, and, since it focuses primarily on the fundamentals of what makes a computer rather than coding, it fills a much-needed niche in the world of computer-science books for children."
- Erin Linsenmeyer