TBox City includes an innovative educational proposal that facilitates the use of multiple technological tools
TBox City includes an innovative educational proposal that facilitates the use of multiple technological tools for students to solve real-world tasks. With this proposal, TBox advances in creative, safe and relevant use of technology to support schools in the integral formation of students.
TBox City proposal deepens in the Project Based Learning methodology and takes up the TBox teaching strategy: research, explore, build and apply. The proposed tasks motivate students to explore multiple technologies and ways they can use them in different situations.
The purpose of TBox City is to strengthen students Computational Thinking: combine the power of technology with critical thinking to solve specific problems.
Computational Thinking allows students to achieve better learning outcomes in different school subjects, as they strengthen their higher-order thinking skills.
Currently it is difficult to find an occupation in which people and technology do not interact. Through Computational Thinking students can understand how, when and where computers and other digital tools can help them solve problems more efficiently, further expands their own thinking.
“All children should have the opportunity to learn computer science at school, such as learning to read and write.”
“Shut Down or Restart?” Report
The Royal Academy of Engineering (United Kingdom)
TBox City is aimed at students in 1st through 8th grade. The “Cambridge ICT Starters” international standard is used as a base, which proposes a path of technological areas and objectives that students must achieve.
According to the of the “Cambridge ICT Starters” standard these are the technology areas that a student should be able to use:
|Initial Steps [1-2]|
|Starting with Text|
|Next Steps [3-5]|
|Exploring the Internet|
|On Track [6-8]|
|Documents for a Purpose|
|Multimedia for a Purpose|
|Spreadsheets for a Purpose|
|Databases for a Purpose|
|Control for a Purpose|
|Website Design for a Purpose|
|Networks for a Purpose|
|Video or Animation for a Purpose|
In addition, TBox City proposal uses to integrate the skills required to students in the life and work of the XXI Century.
Methodology and Strategy
TBox City works with the Project Based Learning methodology. This methodology is based on constructivism and has a comprehensive approach to the educational process, as it addresses the contents in an integrated and not partialized way.
Significant experiences are promoted through a sequence of activities enriched with technology that allow to complete a task or solve a problem by connecting learning with the reality of students.
The teaching strategy designed by TBox provides a clear path to make real the Project Based Learning methodology. In TBox City students complete projects by following the four stages of the strategy:
TBox City is based on the following educational principles:
Within the TBox City proposal is seen as a transversal axis in all the educational technology projects. Thus, alternatives for students to reflect and put their rights and duties as citizens in the digital age are offered to put them into practice.
This transversal axis is not in a theoretical level in TBox City, as all projects incorporate spaces to address safety issues, ethics and responsibility in the use of current technology. The purpose of this transversal axis is to support students to minimize the risks that brings the use of technological tools and responsibly take its advantages.
Among the areas covered by digital citizenship are:
During the TBox City learning trip students development and strength is sought by following the next competencies, which clearly define the to be formed:
TBox City proposal offers all the material from the TBox Academy platform. This digital material is completed with a “welcome kit” including:
TBox project map for each grade
Identification document “TBox Student”
Letter to parents
Frequently asked questions
In each country, TBox works with a local partner with extensive experience in the field of educational technology.
The partnership between TBox and its partners in each country facilitates timely attention to the needs of schools.