Place-based Learning Through Ancestral (Cultural) Knowledge

In my robotics classroom in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, we have been exploring the very circular trajectory of innovation - that innovation is not just something that propels you forward, but rather, often times, it connects us to our past.

This lesson on the power of name and place, highlights the idea that innovation draws on all genius, and that technology is not in opposition to cultural knowledge. Used together they (technology and cultural knowledge) bring out the greatest power in each of us; the strength of who we are and where we come from, unlocking a future of possibilities.

This lesson can be modified to fit the cultural practices and indigenous language of any community. It asks the question "who are you?" and "where do you come from", and guides the student through a journey of revelation and discovery.

Used as is, it is appropriate for younger learners, but with facilitation, it can be used in secondary eduction. This is the lesson I personally used with my robotics students, ages 15 - 17.


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Posted on August 27, 2022

Steffy, yes, so true. What a powerful way to connect modern technology with our heritage. Storytelling is the oldest form of communication, and the These apps proves you can use any app in fun, creative, and educational ways. Thank you for sharing 😀

Posted on August 27, 2022

l love the cultural aspect here and now that influences our decisions and innovations. Thanks for sharing!

Posted on August 27, 2022

Love your approach to innovation, connecting it to the past as well as cultural knowledge - beautiful. Thanks for the lesson which will be a powerful and engaging journey for all students.

Posted on August 28, 2022

My pleasure! My students have been getting so much out of the iWork suite; it's their primary tool for digital storytelling!

Posted on August 28, 2022

Mahalo for your feedback and for taking a look!

Posted on November 28, 2022

Love seeing cultural knowledge connected in science/STEM lessons.

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