Technology has changed our society. Children and adolescents are already born and are already part of their daily lives. As we know, lThere is a lot of potential also in terms of technology and risksso it is the responsibility of parents and educators to make positive insertions and educate them to make good use of them. Monica Rikic is a new creative artist and programmer and knows very well how she has to work and educate through technology. Mónica teaches how to relate to technology in a dynamic and fun way. As he says, "focuses practice on code, electronics and non-digital objects to create interactive works.Its interest lies in the social impact of technology, in the man-machine relationship and in the reappropriation of technological systems and devices to manipulate and rethink them. through art From educational approaches to sociological experimentation, I propose new ways of thinking and interacting with the digital environment. "
Monica, in projects and workshops, teaches children about emotional education and values through technology or deals with current life problems? And how can it be done?
We have an idea of technology that is an interesting, mechanical, closed thing … On the other hand, we are surrounded by technological tools and devices we live with every day – and we are still alarmed thinking of an invasion robotics … – Therefore, we relate constantly to one another, generating power relationships with and through them. They are increasingly part of our lives and our relationship with the world and with others, so we must try to avoid this idea of frivolity, mechanization and closure of the world around us. With projects and workshops, I want to break those prejudices we have of technology and show new visions and ways to take control of the tools that surround us. The tools I use from a practical point of view are a mix between the physical world and the digital world, even from the body and performance, technological concepts can be taught. For me it is very important to create this connection with analogical, physical and physical materials, through which the distance that people not connected to the technology can experience breaks.
How do you think we can bring technology to children properly?
I think we are too obsessed with the fact that children learn to program and other things like robotics without knowing why, but we often make mistakes in the approach and in the tools. It is much more necessary for us to know the processes that take place in technology than to know how to program or make electronic devices. Above all, we must think that technical concepts are moving so fast that, at the time they leave school, which lasts 12 years, the knowledge they have learned will be overcome. We need to focus on the supply of tools so that they can learn, we are a great supporter of the idea of teaching to learn.
In most educational centers, digital slates have been installed, tablets and computers have been used, do you think it is enough to say that "technology has entered the classroom"?
Well, somehow, yes. We can say that there are tools related to technology that facilitate or update the way of teaching, but not necessarily that teach technology through them. It is good that the classrooms are up to date, but once again we are talking about closed instruments, which enrich the educational resources, but at no time is there a direct relationship with technological learning.
What values does the entry of technology into the classes mean?
It mainly offers resources to understand the environment and to consciously and responsibly relate to the new paradigms deriving from an important social change. It is however important that the first to understand this social change and its functioning are teachers. They need to know how they can take advantage of the new tools they have available and how to use them to be included in the educational program. In the end it is a new language that moves very early and this obliges us to be constantly learning. We must see it as a motivation, as new challenges.
Do you think that robotics and programming should be compulsory subjects in schools?
As for the programming, I have clear that yes. At the moment, it is a language like any other and we must learn to talk with machines, since they form an important part of society. As for robotics, we are much more critical, especially for the way I see it taught. Knowing the concepts of programming is as fundamental as knowing mathematics, but there are also problems such as technology and ecology, the responsibility in the use of data, the tools to avoid the abusive use of technology, other people through it. With this, I want to say that in order to have a positive impact on the future through technology, we must stop linking it only to the scientific and mathematical side and start to connect it with the humanities, the arts, literature and, above all, to the world. ethics.
Do you think that new technologies favor the optimal development of competitions in artistic education?
For me, programming and electronics are my artistic languages, like painting or sculpture of other professionals. They should teach new technologies more as a language of artistic expression. He would do painting lessons one day and the next day simple visual programming. One day he would work with mud and other small robots with batteries and small voltage engines. If the school were to see a robot, a videogame or a code animation, for example, as art, the artists of the technology of the future will have no problems.
Recommendations for educating with technology
- Monica Rikic's network, where we can learn about ArsGames projects
- ArsGames works with education, video games and social awareness and has resources that talk about how to do it, such as the book & GameStart. Free pedagogies at the intersection of art, technology and videogames & # 39; i & # 39; Learning in play: technology for critical thinking & # 39;
- You can pay all your books here
- Any reference or book by Seymour Papert, for example "The connected family: parents, children and computers".
- The most important recommendation: you need to see works of art and technology, attend workshops, play video games and practice at home.
Xisca Aguiló is a Creix therapist