UdiGitalEdu is a research group at the University of Girona. We are dedicated to developing projects at the intersection of Education, Technology and Development Cooperation.
Our research has a totally practical approach, and our multidisciplinary team designs creative learning experiences (workshops, activities, trainings) for children and teachers from different parts of the world. Through Creative Computing, Computational Thinking, STEAM methodologies, Tinkering or Maker education, we try to help children and young people from vulnerable communities to develop their creativity, critical thinking, empathy, curiosity and teamwork skills. All this so that they can become changemakers in their communities, develop a voice of their own, and learn to use technology as a way of expression and creation.
Our journeys have brought us to work with newly arrived migrant families in Catalonia, with dalit children in South India (the so-called untouchables), with child victims of violence in Colombia, with refugees in Greece, or with minorities such as the Roma people. Our social and activist approach has also led us to work on some projects with kids with special learning needs, for example with blind and visually impaired children.
Our proposals and projects have connections and are in harmony with the ideas of great researchers and thinkers, such as Pestalozzi, Dewey, Piaget, Vygotsky, Montessori, Freire, Papert and Resnick. But we are also inspired by much closer thinkers, such as Maria Antònia Canals, or by the fantastic teachers we meet every year through our initiatives.
In the last decade we have developed projects and collaborated with schools in all these countries: Argentina, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, France, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Romania, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States.