Creative Writing Workshop for Schools
Organize an online workshop based on Zerus & Ona’s stories and spark your students’ curiosity for the world of technology
New generations feel naturally attracted to technology but mainly as consumers. Only a few children are interested in knowing how devices around them work.
In a world increasingly driven by technology, «understanding computers» and how they work will give them «superpowers». This understanding will become part of their toolkit to express themselves and create their own world in whatever way they choose.
How can we change from a young age their relationship with technology? How can we help them see themselves as creators of their own digital future?
This workshop, hosted by Miriam Tocino, author of the Zerus & Ona series of books, is designed to spark girls' and boys' curiosity for the world of technology. It introduces computers' basic concepts through the power of stories and their ability to connect with our emotions.
At the end of the session, students will feel inspired, keen to learn about technology, and excited to engage in other tech-related activities such as coding, robotics, and digital fabrication.
Ages 8 - 11 years | Duration 2 h 30 min | Online
THE CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP INCLUDES:
PART 1 - BRAINSTORMING
Students will explore the world inside computers, and they'll discover that there are millions of zeros and ones, also known as bits!
Miriam will guide them through her creative process, and they'll write their own stories inside The Binary World, bringing the world inside computers to life. Let no one think that they're gray and boring!
PART 2 - COLLAGE / STORYBOARD
Once the students have an idea for their story, they will transfer it to a collage (8-9 years) or storyboard (10-11 years).
This type of experience opens up their minds, awakens their creativity, and sets their imagination in motion while planting a seed that makes them feel that the world of technology can be for them, too.
PART 3 - PRESENTATIONS
The workshop will end with presentations of the students' work, followed by a round of questions. We'll wrap up dancing together to the song from the series!
With Zerus and Ona, Miriam highlights the power of illustration and storytelling as tools for teaching and learning. The stories are accessible from an early age thanks to the use of simple language that helps them understand abstract concepts.
— KRIS COORDE, COMPUTATIONAL THINKING TEACHER, IS UTRECHT
Our students loved Miriam and her story, especially being able to see a real author and how she created her stories. She was very open with the students about the entire process, showing them videos of her working and displaying all of the planning documents she used throughout her writing process.
The students were engaged the entire day, and really contacted with her realness as an author.
— DAKOTA WILKINSON, LITERATURE TEACHER, IS UTRECHT
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to receive more information.
The workshop can be run for two different ages: 8-9 years (Grade 3) and 10-11 years (Grade 4).