|E.602 | Wednesday, 18 July 2007, 10:30 - 11:00, Room E2 |
|Sounds of Water
|“Sounds of Water” is a collaborative effort of the Ars Electronica Center – Museum of the Future (AEC), the Georg von Peuerbach Grammar School (GvP) and the Linz University of Art’s Art Education Programme. From December 2006 to February 2007 15 pupils of the GvP’s Class 1c - simultaneously with other groups of project participants of the UNESCO’s YDC Special Session 2006-2007 all around the world - were using and evaluating the UNESCO Young Digital Creators educator‘s kit. It is a guide designed to facilitate project-based learning with the aim of using digital tools like online platforms, software and hardware to make for a creative, collaborative encounter with important global issues.
The theme we chose for this project is “Sound of our water”, more specifically, the sounds made by water in Linz, which students recorded themselves and then digitally processed. In doing so, the emphasis was on developing creativity and working as self-starters able to assume individual responsibility.
The project has been carried out at GvP and the AEC as well as at a variety of locations where water flows, collects, evaporates, freezes, etc. The project advisors are Wolfgang Schreibelmayr (teacher on the GvP faculty), Wolfgang Hoffelner (student taking media design and art education at the Linz University of Art) and Gerid Hager (AEC staff specialist in mediating cultural content).
WikiMap Linz (http://wikimap.hotspotlinz.at/de/index_wikimap.php) serves as our project’s online documentation, presentation and communications platform. In the spirit of the motto “think globally - act locally,” the first thing the students did with the results of their work and their observations on the globally important subject of water was to assign them to specific locations in Linz and thus to provide them with a concrete physical setting within the scope of their own everyday lives. Since the other groups of participants throughout the world are also making their own encounters with their respective themes available online, the students are able to compare their work with other efforts, recognize differences and similarities, and thus learn to gain insights in a larger context.