Newsflash #276, October 15, 2010
SEEKING PARTNERS: iEARN PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES 5. iEARN-UGANDA ADOBE YOUTH VOICES STUDENTS MEET PRESIDENT OF UGANDA. On World Teachers' Day, Ugandan students who are involved in Adobe Youth Voices and iEARN met with the President of Uganda and displayed some of the media pieces that they have been able to produce in the few years that the Adobe Youth Voices program has been running in the country. Students produced media on ">Child Abuse and ">Climate Change and how these issues are affecting their local communities and showed it to the highest authority in the country. Allan Kakinda (SchoolNet/iEARN-Uganda), Adobe Youth Voices educator and mentor, commented, "I think this is a big step in achieving the social change that the students were aiming at while producing the media." Read more >
1. Tagging My World Project seeking partners to share teen culture through art.
2. World Food Day is October 16th - join in related Finding Solutions to Hunger Project activities.
3. Looking for participants for "Inventing the Future: Leadership and Participation for the 21st Century" Project.
4. Interested in using movies in the classrooms?
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5. iEARN-Uganda Adobe Youth Voices participants meet the President of Uganda.
6. Free online course on how to inspire students to be social entrepreneurs with a global perspective.
7. Tomorrow's Leaders Scholarship Program for students in Middle East and North Africa.
8. Adobe Youth Voices Workshop and Exhibition in Cordoba, Argentina, October 21-23, 2010.
9. High School Journalism Education Program Workshop, Kuwait City, Kuwait, October 31-November 4, 2010.
10. Mongolia Emerging Youth Leaders Workshop, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, November 8-10, 2010.
11. Connect with iEARN participants in Online Global Education Conference, November 15-20, 2010.
12. 2011 iEARN Annual Conference and Youth Summit in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, July 17-23, 2011.
13. 2011 iEARN Natural Disaster Youth Summit in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, July 17-23, 2011.
14. iEARN Teachers' Training Workshop, Dhaka, Bangladesh, October 8-9, 2010.
SEEKING PARTNERS: iEARN PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES
Download the 2010-2011 iEARN Project Book [ UPDATE -> iEARN Project book now available in French! Thanks to iEARN-Mali! ] or View full listing of iEARN projects.
1. TAGGING MY WORLD PROJECT LOOKING FOR PARTNERS TO SHARE TEEN CULTURE THROUGH ART. Teenagers around the world are invited to explore their identity on a personal and/or cultural level, investigating and expressing an aspect of teen life through creative arts. Timelines are flexible. Learn more and connect to the project forum on the iEARN Tagging My World Project Page.
2. WORLD FOOD DAY IS OCTOBER 16TH - JOIN FINDING SOLUTIONS TO HUNGER PROJECT FOR YEAR-ROUND ACTION TO ALLEVIATE HUNGER. World Food Day is coming up on October 16th. World Food Day is a worldwide event designed to increase awareness, understanding and informed, year-around action to alleviate hunger. Check out one of these websites for more information and resources: www.worldfooddayusa.org and www.fao.org/getinvolved/worldfoodday/en/. As part of the Finding Solutions to Hunger Project in iEARN, participants are encouraged to take a picture of a plate of food, a typical meal in your daily life, and upload it on the forum. Tell others what it is and where it's from. If you are able, find out how many calories are in this meal and post that information also. We can learn a lot about each other through the foods we eat. After posting photos of your food, view the photos others have posted and ask questions of each other to find out what is typically eaten for different meals where they live, where do they get the food, who prepares it, and other things you'd like to know. Learn more and connect to the project forum on the iEARN Finding Solutions to Hunger Project Page.
3. LOOKING FOR PROJECT PARTICIPANTS FOR "INVENTING THE FUTURE: LEADERSHIP AND PARTICIPATION FOR THE 21ST CENTURY" PROJECT. The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education is collaborating with iEARN-USA to challenge students to become leaders of a sustainable local and global community via a multi-part curriculum called "Inventing the Future". Students will learn to become active citizens, envisioning the kind of future they want for their communities and providing action plans to support sustainable community development. Students and teachers from across the iEARN network can connect via discussion forums and two scheduled video conferences with a Lead Sustainability Educator from The Cloud Institute to discuss concepts of "community" and "citizenship" and their roles in creating a sustainable future. The program will conclude with an opportunity to present culminating projects to target specific milestones to achieve and possibly present at the 2011 iEARN Environmental YouthCaN conference. The achieved action plans and visions for a sustainable future will be compiled into an "Inventing the Future: Leadership and Participation for the 21st Century" booklet. Interested? Connect in the iEARN Teachers Forum.
4. INTERESTED IN USING MOVIES IN THE CLASSROOM? Join the The Seventh Art: Promoting Values and Behavior Project, bringing together teachers and youth around the world to exchange ideas and opinions about specific movies. Learn more and connect to the project forum on the iEARN Seventh Art Project Page.
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6. SIGN UP FOR A FREE ONLINE COURSE CONNECTING US AND TURKISH TEACHERS ON HOW TO INSPIRE STUDENTS TO BE SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS WITH A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE. The U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey and iEARN-USA, have partnered to offer an 8-week course that will bring together Turkish and English-speaking educators who want to inspire their students to be social entrepreneurs with a global perspective. We have 27 scholarships to award. Educators will work cross-culturally to develop an entrepreneurial project plan and build professional connections with peers internationally. Working in teams, participants will develop a social venture (or product) that's relevant to one of their countries, and develop a marketing plan for it. Following the course, teachers will have the opportunity to involve their students in iEARN's "Product in a Bag" project. This course is for educators from age level 11- 18 years, and begins October 25th, 2010. Application deadline: October 20th, 2010. Read more and download the scholarship application or contact:
7. TOMORROW'S LEADERS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS IN MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA. The Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship Program is a U.S. Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) initiative for capable and highly motivated high school seniors in the Middle East and North Africa who are from underserved backgrounds. The program will provide four-year university scholarships and additional opportunities at the American University of Beirut, the American University in Cairo, and the Lebanese American University. Scholarship recipients may pursue an undergraduate degree in an eligible field at one of the three host institutions. Recipients will also be expected to engage in community service activities and participate in internships. Applicants are being recruited from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, UAE, and Yemen. Please visit www.amideast.org/tl for eligibility requirements and the application information.
8. ADOBE YOUTH VOICES NATIONAL WORKSHOP AND EXHIBITION IN UNQUILLO, CORDOBA, ARGENTINA, OCTOBER 21-23, 2010. 70 people, including teachers and students, will be traveling to Cordoba from different provinces to attend the event, which is being organized by iEARN-Argentina/TELAR coordinators and educators. The event is being sponsored by the provincial Minister of Education, which is covering lodging and meals for all participants. Read more about Adobe Youth Voices.
9. HIGH SCHOOL JOURNALISM EDUCATION PROGRAM WORKSHOP, KUWAIT CITY, KUWAIT, OCTOBER 31-NOVEMBER 4, 2010. Educators from five schools in Kuwait will attend a week-long journalism workshop facilitated by faculty from Northwestern University in Qatar. The training will launch the MEPI-sponsored High School Journalism Education Program, which pairs schools with local journalist-mentors. During the workshop, teachers will discuss the tools and principles of digital journalism, and plan how to start or improve their school news publications.
10. MONGOLIA EMERGING YOUTH LEADERS WORKSHOP, ULAANBAATAR, MONGOLIA, NOVEMBER 8-10, 2010. iEARN-USA, in partnership with United Planet and the Mongolian Education Alliance (MEA), is hosting a three-day workshop for its Emerging Youth Leaders Program. Teachers from 10 schools across Mongolia will gather in Ulaanbaatar to train on community journalism and civic engagement.
11. ONLINE GLOBAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE, NOVEMBER 15-20, 2010. iEARN presentations include Teaching Peace through International Collaboration, One Day in the Life, Adobe Youth Voices, 21st Century Online Voices in the USA, Pakistan and Yemen, iEARN Online Summer Camp in Pakistan, Digital Imaging Across the Curriculum, and more! iEARN-USA is a partner in the event. See a list of the different strands for the conference.
12. iEARN-TAIWAN TO HOST THE 18TH ANNUAL iEARN CONFERENCE AND 15TH ANNUAL YOUTH SUMMIT, JULY 17-23, 2011. The theme will be "Green Tech, Green Life, Great Era." iEARN-Taiwan announces "We are thrilled to invite all to Kaohsiung, Taiwan to join the 18th International Conference and 15th Youth Summit. Taiwan is a beautiful island with environmental and cultural diversity. Our foods, night markets and fruits are something you don't want to miss! 2011 iEARN Annual Conference will be held in the 2nd biggest city of Taiwan, Kaohsiung City. Kaohsiung is a charming harbor city with its hospitable citizens, pleasant subtropical climate and gentle ocean breeze. Come to explore the passion and vitality of Taiwan!" See a video preview, download a brochure, and stay tuned to the 2011 iEARN Conference Website for details.
13. iEARN NATURAL DISASTER YOUTH SUMMIT 2011 TO BE HELD IN CONJUNCTION WITH iEARN CONFERENCE AND 15TH ANNUAL YOUTH SUMMIT, JULY 17-23, 2011. Learn more about the Natural Disater Youth Summit Project.
14. iEARN TEACHER WORKSHOP IN DHAKA, BANGLADESH, OCTOBER 8-9, 2010. iEARN-BD organized a 2-day Teachers' Training Workshop at Oxford International School. Meet the new educators in the iEARN Teachers Forum.
iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) is a global non-profit network that empowers teachers and students to undertake projects designed to make a meaningful contribution to the health and welfare of the planet and its people. Started in 1988, iEARN is currently active in over 125 countries, with 2,000,000 students participating as part of their education. iEARN-International: www.iearn.org
[top banner photo: Al-Azhar, iEARN Natural Disaster Youth Summit Ambassador Teddy Bear from Iran visits partners in Japan to learn about their disaster preparedness strategies. Read more about the NDYS Little Ambassador Program.]