The Imaginarium.

Igniting imaginations for the 21st Century.

Tomorrow There Will Be More of Us.
Welcome to the first virtual learning environment designed to stimulate imagination and support 21st Century learning skills, for all. Explore, discover, play and create solutions for the world around you.

Dear Families and Educators,

Harvard Graduate School of Education have compiled a database of quality resources for children to continue learning at home. We hope these lessons can be useful for you and your children as we incorporate virtual learning to the system.

Below you will find a list of all of the key resources in the database. These are a mix of lessons designed by HGSE students and selected activities available online. You can search by age group, subject, topic and time or resources needed for the lesson.

To do this, click on "Data" from the menu above --> then click on "filter views" --> then click on "create new temporary filter view" or click on the tabs by age group. Every tab links directly to each lesson.  

The list is continuously being updated: https://bit.ly/hgsedatabase

“We all create our own lives through this restless process of imagining alternatives and possibilities, and one of the roles of education is to awaken and develop these powers of creativity.”

Sir Ken Robinson
New York Times best selling author  | TED speaker  |  Education and creativity expert

The first Stellenbosch Triennale plays host to some of the world’s most sought-after artists responding to the complex present, historical realities and future possibilities. Of all the platforms being launched at the Triennale, none other is as important as its accompanying open-source educational platform, the Imaginarium.

Solve It! is a multi-lingual game of creativity and critical thinking designed to celebrate the power of the human imagination and empower curious minds to meet modern problems, using the 9 educational C’s.

Sketch. Describe. Act. Create. Solve it!

The 9 Educational C’s

Questioning and exploring how the world works. Why? How? What? When? Where? Who? Asking these questions and figuring out the answers is how we come to comprehend the world around us. It’s how we learn new things or find out how to make things that already exist, better. Curiosity creates understanding by the process of investigation.

Coming up with new, imaginative ideas and turning them into reality. Creativity is the tool we use to solve challenges in new or unexpected ways. It transforms ideas into things you can touch, like a mobile phone, and things you can’t, like the Internet. Creativity creates value for as many people as possible and makes progress and improvement possible.

Analysing info and ideas and using reason to form arguments and judgements. Criticism is how you tell a good idea from a bad one. You can also think of it as a collection of reasons that back up an argument or decision.  Critical thinking creates value by separating fact from fiction.

Expressing thoughts and feelings in a clear and confident way. Communicating how you feel or what you’re thinking in any way that makes you feel understood is essential to engaging with the world around you.  Communication creates value by promoting better understanding in society.

Working together constructively with others. Collaborating combines clear communication, critical thinking and teamwork to achieve a common goal, often faster or more ambitious than working alone. Collaboration creates value by multiplying minds to meet a challenge.

Acting with empathy and consideration for others. Allowing oneself to view a situation from anothers’ perspective, provides both emotional enlightenment and an environment of sensitivity and care. Compassion creates value by strengthening the bonds between people in a society and promoting a culture of tolerance.

Connecting with a sense of personal harmony and balance. Social and emotional balance relies on developing compassion for oneself, as well as others. Effective education is empathetic, and encourages learners to step back, assess and express. Composure creates value by fostering a healthy connection to the inner life of feelings.

Engaging constructively with society and the processes that sustain it. Effective nation-building balances power and responsibility between the people and the government chosen to represent them. Today’s educated student is tomorrow’s educated voter. Citizenship creates value by reflecting the true wishes of a nation, their relative position in the world and a love for one’s country.

Practicing sensitivity across different cultures. Culture includes knowledge, belief, art, morals and any other habits and abilities accumulated by people as members of society. Cross-cultural sensitivity means developing an acceptance and appreciation of cultural differences. Culture creates value by recognising and celebrating diversity within societies.

Resources

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“The whole premise behind the Imaginarium is that it introduces supplementary resources, supplementary learning opportunities and supplementary alternatives, or additions, to the curriculum.”

Andi Norton
Imaginarium Curator  |  Stellenbosch Triennale Project Director

The Imaginarium’s online and open source resources make learning creative, colourful and fun. Anyone can access the free content in their own language, from a teacher in rural Eastern Cape to an after-school facilitator in Lagos, Nigeria. Explore, discover, play and create solutions for the 21st Century.