Prison Schools








Changing times demand changing literacies, and the networked society demands multiliteracies: the capacity to read the world as it comes to us across multiple cultures, via multiple signs, and with multiple views. What you have on your screen right now is one example.


It is the first multimedia magazine written by learners and teachers in prisons, from nine different European countries, for learners and teachers in prisons everywhere. In other words, it is a distributedly produced magazine consisting of text, graphics and sound and where you can also interact with some of the material. In future, video may also be included.


This effort is a result of the PIPELINE Project – Partnerships in Prison Education: Learning In Networked Environments. You can read more about it on our website http://www.pipeline-project.org. The project’s main aim is to develop prison education in order to prepare inmates for the digitalized and networked contexts we increasingly work and live in. This involves designing learning environments and activities that include networked technologies.


In this first issue of the PIPELINE Magazine the theme can be said to be “my prison”. Prisons from the nine project partners are presented, activities are described, and there are examples of products. You will hear the voices of inmates, either in MP3 sound or just resonating through the impressions they convey in their writing and in the pictures selected.


As far as we know, this is the very first collaborative, online prison magazine ever. It is an indicator of what becomes possible through networked technologies: transcending constraints of time and space by virtually linking minds, hands and hearts. We believe that developing multiliteracies is a prerequisite for educating people for the 21st century, for getting new opportunities in life, and for fighting recidivism.


Happy browsing!


Andreas Lund

PIPELINE Coordinator