Thursday, October 25, 2012

Schools : Zoe Makes a Splash ! Apps for water reduce

Zoe makes a splash

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 a new 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. 

This interactive storybook is a resource for Teachers & Parents, It can be used in the classroom or with family (target group 7-11) to 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.
Zoe Makes a Splash! is an interactive digital storybook aimed at children between the ages of 7 and 11 and is free to download. 

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 users learn about the hydrological cycle and water treatment.

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

screenshot app

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

All teachers must be "green" in the classroom 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 this blog about Environment & Education along the years. You can read them by searching on 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 theme water, I wrote And what about World Water Day in school? (March 2012).

Since 2005, my students continue writing on two 'green' blogs: Torrinhas Verdes  (environment education) and Torrinhas Exploradores Polares (polar eeucation).

Schools & Parents:
This interactive storybook can be used in the classroom or at home;
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);
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 story that features two children and their adventures with Fred, a well educated Frog who teaches them some errors (and their parents' ways). 

It is packed with fun animations and interactive features. There are some challenging sections where the reader learns about the hydrological cycle and how water treatment works.

screenshot 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 from:
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 olds. They are available here

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

screenshot app

For years, I shared my "green" values with the students in Languages and ICT currriculum. 

I hope that this app (Teaching Notes) gives you some inspiration for projects and actions about Environment in your lessons.

Young students will have fun with the story and will learn about how they can care about environment, how important water is 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

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