On the 14th of March Hopspots went to Funder Børnehus, where we held a workshop for pedagogues who are part of a so-called media-network in Silkeborg Municipality. This blog is about the workshop, and emphasizes the ideas that were created and experimented with that day, allowing other Hopspots-users to benefit from these and making it possible for interested people to learn more about the different ways one can use Hopspots.
8 pedagogues from four different day care centres in the municipality were present at the workshop together with Aviaja, founder of Hopspots, media-researcher Stine Liv Johansen from Aarhus University and me. The workshop was the first out of four workshops, which are part of a project that is to experiment with creative use of Hopspots in day care institutions.
This time the theme was “Music and Movement”, and therefore we experimented with how Hopspots can be used in relation to that. First, we worked our way through the different games in the Hopspots’ app together, where we brainstormed and experimented with the ideas that came up. But, before that we started out with hearing a bit about the pedagogues’ experiences with Hopspots. The pedagogues at Funder Børnehus had had Hopspots for about a month and among other things said this about it:
“The kids know Hopspots and the games well now, and every time we get it out they are more than ready to play”.
“Sequence works really well; that is, all the kids help each other remember the sequence”
“We used FlowDance for freer playing and for instance for playing freeze dance. They [the children] think that’s so much fun”.
“We tried taking one instrument [on the spots] at a time and then adding more one by one, and the kids were able to hear and tell what was added”.
Afterwards, we went through the different games together, where we experimented with whatever ideas came up.