Highly Commended 2012
Crocodox is a series of documentaries by children for children, which was set up in 2012 by Unaymedia, Spain.
The project team create, produce and distribute documentaries made by children for children (aged 8 to 12 years old). These documentaries feed children’s curiosity and help them develop critical thinking and analysis of their environment in order to understand various aspects of the world in terms of sustainability. This means looking at science, society, economy, music, environment, art ... from the point of view of environmental,economic or social sustainability. Topics include ‘Why are bacteria necessary?’, ‘Where does money flow?’, ‘How much does a container travel?’ and ‘What do colors mean?’.
The showcase video of Crocodox
Although each film has a linear format, viewers can also access more detailed information and videos on certain aspects, allowing them to discover the topic in its complexity or to generate discussion in the classroom. For example, in the documentary "Plastic Ocean", where the theme is the pollution of the seas by plastic waste, the subtopics are: ‘What are the currents’, ‘How to manufacture plastics’, ‘Alternatives to plastic such as bioplastics’, and the children in the video used different approaches including the recording of a Skype conversation with French scientist Caroline Jullian from Expedition Med, to give her view on the topic.
The films are aimed at children aged 8 to 12 years old but the content and the making of the documentaries allow different levels of reading so this may extend the target audience to children aged between 5 and 14. Since the content is universal and crossmedia, the materials can be used over time and in different educational settings: schools, museums, workshops, etc.
What the judges said about Crocodox
The judges agreed that this is a “The pedagogical quality of these high-quality short documentaries produced and performed by children is high and recommendable.”
“An interesting, nicely designed website assembling interesting digital learning materials and short documentaries in which children play principal roles.”
“The quality of the final product, along with the integration of key pedagogical paradigms (constructivism, connectivism, action learning and interaction), and with the excitement that it generates in its pedagogical community, really shows the potential for the creation of media-based educational material. ”
About the creation of Crocodox
Mrs Carme Verdaguer Aguiló on the background of this entry: “Crocodox is a project that provides a professional environment for professionals, institutions, schools, parents and children seeking an education society, beyond the barriers of the school.
The world around us is an endless source of knowledge and with this project we appeal to the natural curiosity of children to know and respond to the issues that surround us; a curiosity that calls to action, so we use the development of an audiovisual documentary as a teaching tool, a start for a double learning journey. First: be aware of everything that is part of our world and therefore our identity. Secondly, collaborate on a common project, communicate and share thoughts face to face, based on the children's own motivations and interests. It is a powerful lever for students to take ownership of the technology as a tool for personal and creative expression.
Each documentary is created by 3 or 4 children who form a Crocodox team and become the protagonists of the film, which encourages their responsibility, autonomy and the ability to share ideas and look for common solutions. They are not just recipients but messengers; we hereby follow the trend to let children create, share and re-produce their own content outside of the classroom. An important part of the learning process is experimenting (seeing, touching, playing, testing, …), spontaneity, progress in research and learning, as well as the mistakes and doubts that arise during the experience, and the emotional dimension: surprise, disgust, fear, laughter.
There are Crocodox teams in different European countries because even though the children work with their surroundings, the content is universal and therefore interesting for students from across Europe, facilitating the exchange of realities and experiences.
The results can be accessed across several media: TV, internet, mobile devices (tablet, smartphone ...), responding to the "technology generation". Crocodox also invites participation between both schools and teachers and other children, through the web and social networks, where members of the community can submit ideas, on an existing documentary or to propose a new one, photographs relating to a topic, comments, etc ... to encourage exchange of experiences and realities.”
About Carme Verdaguer
After being awarded an Audiovisual Media Degree from the University of Fine Arts, Barcelona, Carme Verdaguer assisted with several courses of specialisation. In 1998 she co-founded the production company UNAYMEDIA, which specialises in multimedia communications. She produced campaigns and audiovisual projects for: Government of Catalonia, Revlon, Agbar Foundation, CIEMAT, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Science and Technology, TVE, CSIC, etc.
As project manager she has attended and actively participated in many conferences and meetings of the audiovisual and multimedia sector: Lussas Produire in region, 1996 / Docs Barcelona, 1998-2000 / Milia, Cannes 2002 / Möbius International, Athens 2003 / MIFA, Annecy 2007 / Animacor, Córdoba 2008 / Cartoon Forum Rogoland, Norway 2009 / MIPCOM, Cannes 2008-2009, Cinekid, Amsterdam 2010.
In 2009 UNAYMEDIA moved its headquarters to Palma de Mallorca where the concept of the company was re-focused on development and production of crossmedia content for children. Recently she co-directed the project CROCODOX as well as CULTTRAVEL.