Learning to code and a local Aboriginal language

#WATWB Learning to code and a local Aboriginal language from a robot

On the last Friday of each month We Are the World Blogfest invites bloggers to join together in promoting positive news. I join in as often as I can as we need to look beyond the alarmist headlines and see all the good that is happening in the world. If you would like to join in, please check out the rules and links below.

This year is the International Year of Indigenous Languages.

I have already shared three good news stories that complement the year’s theme:

A mindfulness app for Indigenous communities

Engagement through music and song

New Indigenous Doll to Foster Understanding

This month I am adding another about a small robot named Pink that is being used to help children learn the local Aboriginal language at the same time as they learn to code. Interactions with the robot have been found to involve deep learning of both languages and an understanding of and appreciation for the traditional and new cultures. Many in the community have become involved and a new pride in the traditional culture of the area has developed.

Click to read the whole article: How a robot called Pink helped teach school children an Aboriginal language.

As stated by #WATWB, “There are many an oasis of love and light out there, stories that show compassion and the resilience of the human spirit. Sharing these stories increases our awareness of hope in our increasingly dark world.”

I think we can always do with more good news stories so please join in and share positive stories you have found.

Here are the guidelines for #WATWB:

1. Keep your post to Below 500 words, as much as possible.

2. Link to a human news story on your blog, one that shows love, humanity, and brotherhood. Paste in an excerpt and tell us why it touched you. The Link is important, because it actually makes us look through news to find the positive ones to post.

3. No story is too big or small, as long as it Goes Beyond religion and politics, into the core of humanity.

4. Place the WE ARE THE WORLD badge or banner on your Post and your Sidebar. Some of you have already done so, this is just a gentle reminder for the others.

5. Help us spread the word on social media. Feel free to tweet, share using the #WATWB hashtag to help us trend!

Tweets, Facebook shares, Pins, Instagram, G+ shares using the #WATWB hashtag through the month most welcome. We’ll try and follow and share all those who post on the #WATWB hashtag, and we encourage you to do the same.

The co-hosts this month:

Susan Scott

Peter Nena

 Shilpa Garg

 Mary J. Giese

Damyanti Biswas

Please pop over to their blogs to read their stories, comment and share.

Click here to paste the link to your post in the Facebook group. The bigger the #WATWB group each month, the greater the joy!

Thank you blog post

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26 thoughts on “#WATWB Learning to code and a local Aboriginal language from a robot

  1. BWitzenhausen

    Great post! What a brilliant learning tool and such an important subject, culture, which is something that is sadly lacking in many school curriculums this is fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing this and for being a part of #WATWB! 🙂

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  2. bikerchick57

    This is a very interesting initiative for the kids. They seem pretty young to be coding, but then probably know more about technology than I do. And this is a great way to get them involved in learning a native language and culture. Thanks for sharing this positive story for #WATWB.

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  3. hilarymb

    Hi Norah – this gives one hope for the cultures to survive … wonderful pride these kids have – and so much aptitude … just loved it. I feel sure other countries will pick this initiative up … eg Canada with their large number of indigenous languages – thank you so much … I’m loving these #WAWTB posts … we learn so so much – cheers Hilary

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    1. Norah Post author

      Thank you, Hilary. I agree. I love to read positive stories such as this, and it is great to have the opportunity of sharing them together with #WATWB – a fabulous initiative.

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  4. beth

    I love good news! When visiting family south of Perth, a few years back, I visited an aboriginal school, where the language, culture, and history was being taught. The elders were the bus drivers and the caretakers of the school. Amazing place.

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