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iMMERSIVE CREATIVE
LEARNING ADVENTURES
ON CAMPUS.

Child Nation’s interactive digital adventures, guide children to wander their school grounds, enter answers based on personal ideas and observations, and have their content incorporated into an evolving story-like experience.

 

It engages students imaginatively with themselves and their school campus buliding a stronger sense of belonging and teaching Eric Booth’s four qualities of creative thinking.

 

  • It fosters CURIOSITY by drawing attention to previously unnoticed aspects of children’s surroundings and selves.

 

  • It helps practice IMAGINATION by guiding children to make up new rules and realities, whilst endorsing ‘weird ideas’.

 

  • It gives an experience of OPEN-MINDEDNESS, by challenging realities previously accepted as ‘normal’ and unchangeable, and exploring EMPATHY with different selves and non-living things.

 

  • It sets up PROBLEM SOLVING situations, immersing children in story-like ‘imagine if…’ scenarios, where they need to consider options and make choices.

 

Child Nation is facilitated by the classroom teacher with simple materials provided in the accompanying box, supplemented by those found in the classroom. 

 

Ten different adventures are designed to be completed within a 10-20 minute timeframe using classroom devices. Each comprises a series of interactive digital pages, guiding children through various instructions, button presses, real-world activities and decision making moments creating a captivating personalised experience.

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WHAT WE PROVIDE

  1. A mail-delivered Child Nation kit including materials, desk-top signage and a set of 25 small tote bags to be shared with up to 3 classes. (Some materials already found in classrooms are required).
     

  2. Access to the teacher guide, curriculum link info, a short explainer video and worksheets.
     

  3. Link to a fun PowerPoint introduction that guides teachers and children simultaneously through their first session. It feels like having an artist in the classroom.

   4. One year of access to 10 x Child Nation school adventures.

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WHY CHILD NATION?

AUSTRALIAN
CURRICULUM CAPABILITIES

CRITICAL AND CREATIVE THINKING

  • Generating ideas, possibilities and actions​

  • Reflecting on thinking processes

PERSONAL AND SOCIAL CAPABILITY

  • Self-awareness​

  • Self-management

  • Social awareness

INTERCULTURAL UNDERSTANDING

  •  Recognising culture and developing respect.​

  •  Empathising with others.​

ENGLISH

  • Creating texts

  • Expressing and developing ideas

  • Creating literature

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

  • Exploring systems with different purposes

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HOW IT WORKS

FIRST SESSION

  • Classroom teacher uses the PowerPoint to introduce key themes, guide discussion and give instructions in a first 45 minute session.

  • Each child uses their own device to login and chooses an adventure from the collection of ten.

  • When they begin, the adventure prompts them to collect their tote bag and materials, that have been laid out by the teacher.

  • They wander the school grounds and complete one adventure in private.

  • The adventure prompts them to return to the classroom.

  • The teacher hands the child a post-journey worksheet.

  • Once all returned, the class re-groups for discussion and reflection.

THEN Child Nation can be used throughout the year;

  • To explore specific foci such as storytelling, identity, mindfulness, empathy, responsibility, nature connection, or creative thinking. All students undertake the same adventure, then participate in teacher directed discussions.

  • As a reward or end of term activity,

  • As a focusing activity for individual children who need time out of the classroom.

  • Speak to trees

  • Write a note to the sky

  • Scribe window-graffiti poem with whiteboard markers

  • Turn an apple and a paper clip into an artwork

  • Make up a conversation between a pencil and a chair

  • Try out an opposite self

  • Imagine an invisible society

  • Make a chalk map on the concrete

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TESTIMONIALS

"Children are encouraged to look at things differently, to develop a sense of curiosity and to respond in ways that are different from the usual... It's a beautiful way for children to make sense of the world around them."

 

Art years 3-6 teacher

"I personally observed how effective it was to remove school boundaries/structures that ordinarily limit the students' creativity e.g. freely roaming the school, responding to open-ended questions which actively encouraged them to think for themselves or re-imagine who they are."

 

Gillian Baxter,
Engagement in Learning Leader

"It taps into a different part of their brain, so it gave them opportunities to explore different modes of thinking that they probably haven’t had opportunities to develop within the class. I saw some children become so enthusiastic for the first time. As a teacher it actually made me reflect on how I can access children that are usually difficult to engage."

 

Year 3&4 classroom teacher,
Albion, Victoria

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builds place attachment

Individual imaginative responses to your school environment builds place connection.

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customised to SCHOOLS

Content customised to school environments.

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FUN

More than 2000 children between 7 and 11 years of age, give Child Nation a 4.5/5 fun rating.

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interactive and individualised

Let children speak about how they see things, with their own typed answers to fun questions shaping a customised experience.

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gives children agency 

Draw children in to an experience that shifts the hierarchy of knowledge and empowers them as the expert.

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artist made content

Access to the most contemporary artistic thinking, with adventures made by diverse artists around the world.

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