Thursday, October 25, 2012

Schools : Zoe Makes a Splash ! Apps for water reduce !




Zoe makes a splash/ app

It's Saturday morning and as usual Zoe is getting ready in the bathroom. 
She has combed her hair and is brushing her teeth. 
She doesn't see that the tap in the bath is running.
(...)

Zoe makes a splash! is an app developed by the Environment Directorate General of the European Commission.

The European Commission has launched this environmental app that can be downloaded to Apple and Android devices for free.

The interactive storybook is a resource for teachers & parents. It can be included into the school curriculum or used at home with family to teach kids about the importance of water in our society, how to use it in moderation, the impact of polluted water on wildlife and habitats and the benefits we get from clean water.
Zoe Makes a Splash! is an interactive educational digital storybook aimed at children between the ages of 7 and 11. It can be free to download or to play online.


screenshot Zoe makes a splash | App

The app tells the story of two inquisitive children who are shown the importance of water in society. Their guide is an articulate frog, who also alerts them to the impact of polluted water and shows them how it can be avoided. 

Fun animations and interactive features alternate with more serious educational sections, where students and kids learn about the hidrological cycle and water treatment.

The online version of the story is also available, with a set of teaching notes to encourage project-based activities in the classroom.



screenshot Zoe makes a splash | App

Education:
Here I am talking again about Environmental education that is a cross-curricular learning. Schools have an important role promoting environmental education as a Civics value across all school curricula.


All teachers must be "green" in schools and help the new generations to involve in educational projects, national or international about Environment.

I have already published a good number of posts on my blog about Environment & Education along the years. You can read them by searching Environmental Education.

The last one was Iberian Wolf: environmental education (endangered species) and the most popular is Wall-E: a green resource for Earth Day 2012

About the same theme, Water, I wrote And what about World Water Day in school? (March 2012).

Since 2005, my students continue writing on two 'green' blogs: Geração Verde (environment education) and Geração Polar (Polar education)



screenshot Zoe makes a splash | App
Teaching Notes


  • Schools & Parents:
This interactive storybook can be used in the classroom or at home.

Aims:

Children learn about the importance of water in our society, how to use it in moderation, the impact of polluted water on wildlife and habitats and the benefits we get from clean water.

Target: 7-11 years old.

Devices: Smartphones; tablets (Android & Apple); Online

Languages: Available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Polish;

Curriculum: Cross-curricula;

Teaching Notes: here





Zoe Makes a Splash! is an app and a digital story book that feature two children and their adventures with Fred, a well educated Frog who teaches them some errors at home with family and at school.

It is packed with fun animations and interactive features. There are some challenging sections where students learn about the hidrological cycle and how water treatment works.



screenshot Zoe makes a splash | App
On the practical side of this app, there are plenty of tips of how to conserve water.

The app is free and available to download:
Other EU environmental initiatives:

The app is launched as one of several water-related initiatives.

A number of other environment-related publications are also available for children, notably the hugely successful Tom and Lila stories for 5-7 year s-old. They are available here

Ten titles appeared between 2001 and 2011, and nearly 2 million were distributed around the EU.



screenshot Zoe makes a splash | App

For years, I shared my "green" thoughts and values with mystudents in Languages and ICT curriculum. 

I hope this app & teaching notes give you some inspiration to include into school curriculum developing interesting activities and projects about Environmental education.

Young students will have fun with Zoe and will learn how to care about environment, the importance of water and not to pollute or waste it.

"The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction."

Rachel Carson


G-Souto
25.10.2012
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Credits: video European Commission

References:

Children and Youth Publications | EU Environment
http://ec.europa.eu/environment/pubs/children/children.htm

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