Methodology



"While a small number of people can travel the world in eight minutes surfing the web; there are 800 million people who cannot read a line of four inches, the length of a paperback book."

Javier González Q

Mission: Create, design, implement and disseminate innovative educational games that meet the requirements of the Knowledge Society.

Vision: Qualify learning, specifically reading, writing and basic math, through the use of our tool-games to motivate the development of critical thinking. "Learn to Think by Playing."

Objectives:

  • Facilitate access to systematic learning for both youth and adults who have not had access or have suspended their formal education due to conditions of displacement, poverty, violence, school dropout or loss of freedom.
  • Increase reading and math proficiency in public and private school institutions.
  • Train and bring up to date teachers and community leaders, so they are able to positively transform the teaching-learning process, both in formal and non formal settings.

Javier Gonzalez has dedicated his life to education. He seeks to transform routine teaching into dynamic learning.

Initially, Javier published several educational works. After doings observation and research with illiterate people playing board games like dominoes, Javier observes the abstraction and logical abilities of those who had never gone through school. These observations were the basis for creating the "abcdespañol -the literacy game-." The user friendly qualities of abcdespañol and its exemplary results, which are achieved in a very short amount of time, has brought international acceptance. With the use of this game, literacy was expanded and qualified; making space, time and the role of educators more flexible and more efficient. The abcdespañol doe not only promote teamwork, its activities also address multiple intelligences, thus consolidating the "learning to learn", an essential step for the formation of conscious autodidacts.

Our learning games or tool-games, enable the acquisition of knowledge, attitudes, values, skills and abilities while strengthening the use of reading, writing and math as basic tools for future systematic learning. In the ludic dynamics that abcdespañol offers, we find opportunities for discovery, self-assessment, co-evaluation and demonstration. It provides a safe space to practice the right to be wrong and allows for numerous opportunities to experiment and corroborate responses. These are required elements for active, creative and permanent learning. Additionally, the dynamics of the game promotes socialization, creating and reinforcing values such as solidarity, cooperation and respect.

First Aid for the Brain

First Aid for the Brain is an educational complex which corresponds to the basic cycle. The skills it develops are essential for Lifelong Learning.

The tool-games contained on the First Aid for the Brain complex are the most basic elements required to avoid difficulties stemming from rote and content learning.

  • abcdespañol: Develops basic reading and writing skills through the development of linguistic awareness. This game has been adapted and used with great success in the four major Mayan languages in Guatemala and versions in Catalan, Portuguese and English are currently being evaluated and validated.
  • ABC of mathematics: Allows and promotes the development of the relationship:
    reality - quantity - symbol - operative.
  • Abacus Vertical: Promotes the discovery and construction of numerical systems and allows the acquisition of basic concepts such as system, base, absolute, relative, positional values, scale and proportion.
  • Case Logic: Develop processes of symbolization. Facilitates the construction of conceptual maps. It is the bridge to technological literacy.
  • The i on the dots. The Mathematical Ingenuity of Domino: The Domino game is much more than pairing quantity of dots. The i on the dots, seeks to promote the ingenuity, imagination, inventiveness and innovation.
  • abcdEnglish, abcdePortugués and Mayan Languages: Designed similar to the "abcdespañol ¨. These tool-games develop linguistic awareness either in mother tongue (L1) or as a second language (L2).

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