08.18.2017 — by Reetta Heiskanen

Teacher training for 56 teachers from Saudi-Arabia

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We were truly excited to start the autumn term with a teacher workshop, held at the University of Helsinki. The attendees were teachers from different schools and cities in Saudi-Arabia. Mehackit instructed them into the creative use of code in the classroom. 


So, what did we exactly do in the workshop?

1) Visual Programming with Processing

The open-source tool, Processing is an exciting way to learn programming through visuals and art.

Since 2001, Processing has promoted software literacy within the visual arts and visual literacy within technology. Tens of thousands of students, artists, designers and hobbyists use Processing for learning and prototyping. Mehackit has been using this tool since 2015 and we have developed our own Processing-workshop materials which you can find at http://processing.mehackit.org/.

Check out the tool at www.processing.org.

2) How did we proceed with the teachers?

To begin with, we first got familiar with computer art and how visual artists use the Processing-tool in their work.

We then created static compositions with Processing, drawing inspiration from geometric abstraction and optical art. We explored generative art and used randomness to animate the compositions


3) Final touch 

In the end of the workshop, we held an exhibition and shared the different projects and insights created during the workshop.

Feedback:

“I liked the workshop because it encouraged me to use my own taste and mind and to think with all levels of my brain.” - Teacher

Thank you University of Helsinki!

Interested about creative technologies and the Mehackit teacher workshop concept? Contact Heini Karppinen for more info, heini@mehackit.org