Eduard Muntaner Perich




Eduard Muntaner Perich

Navigating between Education, Technology and Development Cooperation. With splashes of Art, Science, Poetry and Philosophy. I currently work for the University of Girona, where I teach Technology at the Faculty of Education, and I design and implement creative computing projects for children and young people, within the framework of the UdiGitalEdu group. I also work for the Open University of Catalonia, where I teach Creative Computing to students of Art.

  • eduard [dot] muntaner [at] udg [dot] edu
  • www.eduard.cat
Me

Biography

I am a computer engineer and an expert in maker education and computational thinking. Since 2005, I have been developing edtech projects with special emphasis on promoting creativity and critical thinking in schools in disadvantaged communities. Over the last decade I have collaborated with several non-profit organizations in South India, through different innovative educational projects for underprivileged children. I am the founder of Inventors4Change, a project that connects kids around the world through Global Citizenship Education, Collaborative Digital Storytelling and Creative Computing. I am also involved in the InventEUrs and GlobalChangemakers projects. In my spare time I write poetry, I draw, and I also study philosophy and spirituality through the Raimon Panikkar Seminar of Intercultural Thought.

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Curriculum Vitae

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Publications and Communications

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UdiGitalEdu Team

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  • Inventors 4 Change


    Inventors4Change connects children from India, Colombia and Spain, and encourages them to become Agents of Change (changemakers) in their communities with the help of Technologies for Creative Learning and Collaborative Digital Storytelling. The idea is to provide children with tools, techniques and knowledge that let them invent the changes they want to see in the world. During the last four years twelve schools participated in the project. Most of them are primary or secondary schools, but there also two high schools. Participating children in India are mostly Dalits (the so called untouchables) from rural areas of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, and children from the slums of Bangalore. In Spain most of the participating children belong to low-income migrant families (for instance, Escola Veïnat has more than 90% of migrant students). In Colombia the project also focus in schools that give quality education to underprivileged children. 

    The project's conception of learning is strongly influenced by names such as Dewey, Piaget, Vygotsky, Freire, Papert and Resnick. In recent years, Inventors4Change have designed and developed many formal and non-formal educational activities and workshops inspired by their ideas about learning and education. Inventors4Change’s learning model is inspired by popular learning theories such as Social Constructivism, Constructionism and Connectivism, and by modern educational approaches and movements like Connected Learning or the Maker Culture. Inventors4Change's model is called Invention-Based Collaborative Learning because it fosters a collaborative learning (across different countries) where children work in teams to imagine, invent and co-create something. In addition, the topics that children investigate every year are related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), so the project also promotes Education for Global Citizenship. 

    In 2017 the project  was awarded with the Federico Mayor Zaragoza - Education 1st Prize.

    Visit the project website for more information: www.inventors4change.org.
  • InventEUrs


    Abstract: InventEUrs is an European project (Erasmus+) created for the purpose of adapting and improving a project that already exists, Inventors4Change, which has been promoting connections between underprivileged children in Spain and India and encouraging them to become agents of change in their communities with the help of collaborative digital storytelling. Under the scope of InventEUrs, newly arrived migrant children of disadvantaged schools in Europe will be interconnected among them and with children from other schools, and mixed virtual teams will co-create digital projects that revolve around global issues. 

    Objectives: 
    • Foster social inclusion, equity and Global Citizenship Education in disadvantaged schools in Europe (with particular emphasis on migrant children).
    • Promote intercultural virtual exchanges and collaborative digital storytelling to foster mutual understanding and respect among children and young people with different ethnic or religious backgrounds.
    • Promote critical thinking and digital media literacy among children and teachers by using computational thinking and cutting edge Creative Learning Technologies (like Scratch).

    Visit the project website for more information: inventeurs.eu.
  • UdiGitalEdu


    UdiGitalEdu is a research group at the University of Girona. Its team develops projects in the fields of Education, Technology and International Development with a multidisciplinary approach;  team members come from different research backgrounds, both from the Science&Technology and Humanities. UdiGitalEdu designs and implement learning experiences for children and teachers (activities, workshops, etc.) that combine Technology, Science and Art in order to encourage creativity, critical thinking and teamwork. UdiGitalEdu wants that children and young people stop being just consumers and users of digital technologies, become creators and producers, and learn to use them to express themselves creatively.

    Visit the group website for more information: udigital.udg.edu.
  • Seminari Raimon Panikkar


    El Seminari Raimon Panikkar de Pensament Intercultural va néixer a finals del curs 2007-08. És acollit per la Càtedra Ferrater Mora de la UdG, i compta amb el seu suport, però funciona amb plena autonomia, sota el nom i la figura de Raimon Panikkar.

    El seminari vol ser un espai d’estudi i meditació, a partir del treball amb els textos de les grans tradicions de saviesa, com també del pensament contemporani dels diversos àmbits filosòfics amb una mirada intercultural. En sintonia amb la figura i obra de Raimon Panikkar, aquest seminari vol aconseguir un equilibri entre el necessari rigor acadèmic del treball intel·lectual, i una necessària i inevitable recerca interior i un creixement espiritual.

    El grup també actua com a dinamitzador del Fons Raimon Panikkar dipositat a la Biblioteca del Barri Vell de la Facultat de Lletres.

    Des del 2008 el seminari ha treballat aquests textos/tradicions de saviesa:
    2016 El repte metafísic de la nova física 
    2015 L'hermenèutica del sagrat de Mircea Eliade 
    2015 L'experiència vèdica 
    2013 El ritme de l'Ésser 
    2012 El Vedanta-advaita hindú 
    2011 El Vedanta-advaita hindú 
    2010 El taoisme xinès de Zuangzi 
    2009 La gran síntesi hindú de la Bhagavad Gītā 
    2008 El primer buddhisme - Cànon pali