Newsflash #278, November 15, 2010
SEEKING PARTNERS: iEARN PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES 3. SCHEDULED DOWNTIME FOR iEARN COLLABORATION CENTRE: Please note that the iEARN Collaboration Centre will be offline on November 20, from approximately 12:00 GMT - 24:00 GMT for routine maintenance.
1. Join School Uniform Project Videoconference, November 26th.
2. Last chance to register for Holiday Card Exchange Project.
RESOURCES, CONTESTS, WEBSITES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
3. iEARN Collaboration Centre will be offline for maintenance, November 20th.
4. iEARN and dotSUB collaborating to create first video subtitled into 100 languages.
5. Connect with iEARN participants in Online Global Education Conference, Nov 15-20, 2010.
6. 2011 iEARN Annual Conference and Youth Summit in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, July 17-23, 2011.
7. 2011 iEARN Natural Disaster Youth Summit in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, July 17-23, 2011.
8. High School Journalism Education Program Workshop, Kuwait City, Kuwait, Oct 31-Nov 4, 2010.
9. Mongolia Emerging Youth Leaders Workshop, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Nov 8-10, 2010.
SEEKING PARTNERS: iEARN PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES
Download the 2010-2011 iEARN Project Book [ now available in English, French, and Korean ] or View full listing of iEARN projects.
1. JOIN SCHOOL UNIFORM PROJECT VIDEOCONFERENCE, NOVEMBER 26TH. Students are invited to exchange their school uniforms (or other school tokens) and share information about their schools, including its history and culture. Through their exchanges with other schools, students will be encouraged to explore the identity of their own schools. As a way for participants to meet live and exchange information, facilitators are planning a videoconference on November 26th using Elluminate. To learn more about the project, visit the iEARN School Uniform Project Page. For more info about the videoconference, and to register, login to the School Uniform Project Forum.
2. HOLIDAY CARD EXCHANGE PROJECT. A project in which teachers and students prepare an envelope with holiday cards to send to the other participants between October - December. Participants can chose to send cards related to the holiday(s) they celebrate, for example, Chinese New Year, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Eid greeting cards. Each school will be placed in a group with approximately seven other schools and will prepare either handmade or purchased cards (decorations may be included) to send to each of the other schools. Please note - This project involves postal mailings, so participants are encouraged to plan ahead to estimate whether associated costs are within their budget. Read more on the iEARN Holiday Card Project Page. There are still some schools awaiting partners. Interesting in registering? Login to the Holiday Card Project Forum.
RESOURCES, CONTESTS, WEBSITES, ANNOUNCEMENTS
4. iEARN AND dotSUB COLLABORATING TO CREATE FIRST VIDEO SUBTITLED INTO 100 LANGUAGES. 22 iEARN schools in 20 countries have created an amazing video of the Earth Charter: Values & Principles for a Sustainable Future (EarthCharter.org). View it here. Our iEARN goal is for this video to be the first ever translated/subtitled into 100 or more languages, ALL done by students & teachers. What would it mean to you and your school to be part of this historic milestone in our world's history? Want to help translate the video subtitles? dotSUB is a web-based tool that makes it very easy and quick to add subtitles to any video. So far, the video has been translated into 13 languages: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, Ganda (Luganda), Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Lithuanian, Persion (Farsi), Polish, Portuguese, and Turkish. To participate and add your language, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
5. INAUGURAL ONLINE GLOBAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE, NOVEMBER 15-20, 2010. A week-long, world-wide event features 387 sessions and 60 keynote addresses focused on education technology and global classroom initiatives. The entire conference will be broadcast online for free using the Elluminate platform. All sessions and keynotes are free and open to the public through online participation. See a complete schedule and links to Elluminate Rooms for each session. Please note that all times below are listed in GMT. You can compare your time to GMT here. iEARN sessions include:
- Creating a Culture of Peace Through Global Education: Some Lessons Learned, Ed Gragert (iEARN-USA). GMT: Mon 15 Nov 03:00PM. In the decades ahead, hopefully more and more schools will integrate the world into all parts of their curriculum. As they do so, they will need successful models of what has worked in diverse settings and environments. In this effort, educators and administrators should look beyond issues of global competitiveness as the main purpose behind building awareness and engagement with the world. Over the last 22 years, iEARN has learned many lessons about building a successful and sustainable global educational communities. In this presentation, I will share what I consider to be the five key components for replication across the country. More Info and Link to Session.
- Teacher's Guide to International Collaboration on the Internet, Diane Midness (iEARN-USA), Ray Myers (U.S. Department of Education), Adrienne Michetti (USA). GMT Mon 15 Nov 2010 10:00PM. The Teacher's Guide to International Collaboration was developed to help teachers use the Internet to "reach out" globally. These materials were prepared as part of the United States of America Department of Education's International Education Initiative. On these pages, teachers will find many projects and suggestions to begin or expand classroom projects that reach across the globe and enable students to learn WITH the world, as well as about it. This session will go over the resources that are available on the newly revised pages to help prepare teachers and students for international collaboration. Met some of the facilitators of projects featured in the guide. More Info and Link to Session.
- Enhancing Teaching Effectiveness Through Global Partnership, Rimma Zhukova, School 16 (iEARN-Russia). GMT Tue 16 Nov 2010 12:00PM. This presentation introduces educators to global collaborative activities through IEARN project based tools. The presentation also describes one of online Teachers Professional Development courses as a means enhancing 21st century teaching effectiveness. The presentation introduces worldwide educators to Adobe Youth Voices (AYV), a global philanthropy program which engages young people around the world to “create with purpose”. More Info and Link to Session.
- 21st Century Youth Voices, David Potter (iEARN-USA), Farah Kamal (iEARN-Pakistan), Prairie Summer (Equal Access International (EA). GMT Tue 16 Nov 2010 04:00PM. iEARN and Equal Access International (EA) are two leading education and youth empowerment organizations that provide resources and experience to design and implement an innovative youth media projects worldwide. The partners invite educators and media professionals to an open discussion on models of youth journalism and media production and literacy—print, video, radio, mobile/SMS, and online—to support community service, environmental issues, employment and vocational training, women’s rights/human rights, health and civic engagement. More Info and Link to Session.
- Integrating Media into a Classroom: A case study of the Adobe Youth Voices Project, Allan Kakinda (SchoolNet/iEARN-Uganda), Lisa Jobson (iEARN-USA). GMT Tue 16 Nov 2010 07:00PM. Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) is Adobe Foundation’s signature philanthropy program designed to provide youth in underserved communities with the critical skills they need to become active and engaged members of their communities and the world at large. The program enables young people use multimedia and digital tools to Create Media with Purpose. http://youthvoices.adobe.com/. This session, led by participants in iEARN (International Education and Resource Network), http://www.iearn.org an Adobe Youth Voices partner organization, will introduce and demonstrate the implementation process of AYV as a model of incorporating youth-produced media and media-making into a classroom. More Info and Link to Session.
- Join an international Learning Community: iEARN Professional Development Opportunities, Mandee Galbraith (iEARN-USA), Diane Midness (iEARN-USA). GMT Tue 16 Nov 2010 10:00PM. Would you like to be more prepared to help your students become global citizens while becoming part of an international learning community yourself? This session will address the growing importance of international education and explore iEARN professional development opportunities for educators including online courses and webinars. Online courses offered across the curriculum allow educators to collaborate and share their cultural background and professional experience with their peers around the world to make teaching and learning more effective and more fun! iEARN webinars, thanks to a generous donation from Elluminate, allow educators and administrators to interact over the Internet in order to learn how to enhance their online global project work and navigate the iEARN online Collaboration Centre. More Info and Link to Session.
- Learning With the World...Project Based Global Collaborations, Jim Carleton/Mali Bickley (iEARN-Canada). GMT Wed 17 Nov 2010 12:00AM. This workshop will inspire and encourage educators and administrators to engage their students in Global Collaborative Projects using Information and Communications Technologies. By using examples of students’ projects, interactions, artifacts and collaborations between students and their global partners, it will become evident that these connections are beneficial and inspirational for all parties involved. Each project is solidly based in curriculum and embeds technology in a meaningful and engaging way to encourage students to communicate, collaborate and share while discussing global issues to affect global change. More Info and Link to Session.
- NSLI-Y and iEARN: Exposing U.S. High School students to a lifetime of language learning, Curtis Young (iEARN-USA, Dina Guirguis (iEARN-USA). GMT Wed 17 Nov 2010 11:00PM. The NSLI-Y program offers scholarships (from the State Department) to U.S. high school students wishing to go abroad to study less commonly known languages. As a program partner, iEARN-USA administers summer and yearlong intense language learning programs in Morocco, India, Korea and China. In addition, iEARN-USA harnesses the strength of our global network to provide scholars with access to Language Lounges -- an online interactive space where students can practice reading and writing their language of study before, during, and after their physical exchange. Through the Language Lounges, NSLI-Y students have access to thousands of native speakers of each of the seven NSLI-Y languages, who are part of the iEARN network around the world. More Info and Link to Session.
- Street Foods: Contribution to Food and Nutrition Security, Priscilla Nzamalu, Network for Ecofarming in Africa (NECOFA) (Kenya). GMT Thu 18 Nov 2010 08:00AM. Street Food: Contribution to Food and Nutrition Security. What are Street Foods? Street foods consist of locally available food stuff prepared at home or in the streets and sold openly in the streets or along house/shop corridor. They are common in most countries in the world and mostly cheaper than hotel foods in large cities. Such are roasted sweet potatoes, wheat snacks, potato chip and crisps. Who is the main target? Street foods are affordable to low income earners but also attract the pockets of highly paid persons due to their freshness. However, most street foods are exposed to unhygienic conditions and may not be the best to healthy life. Considering that "We are what we eat" where eating is an agricultural act and a political statement, "Our eating daily meal can change the world"! More Info and Link to Session.
- My Identity, Your Identity Culture Project: Global Online Collaboration in Action, Nicolle Boujaber-Diederichs, Cypress Creek High School (iEARN-USA), Said Belgra (iEARN-Morocco). GMT Thu 18 Nov 2010 10:00AM. The presentation/discussion "My Identity, Your Identity Culture Project: Global Online Collaboration in Action" will focus on the structure, content and benefits of the online web forum project--My Identity, Your Identity. By using the iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) online platform, this project encourages students to explore and research the elements that form their identities and share their findings with students in other countries. The project helps students realize the importance of their traditions and value of their culture in their country and how the students participating from different countries are more the same than different. Participating countries include: Oman, USA, Azerbaijan, Morocco, Turkey, Indonesia, Uganda, France etc. More Info and Link to Session.
- One Day in the Life Project, Chris Baer, MEd, Martha's Vineyard Regional High School, Oak Bluffs, MA (iEARN-USA), Marta García Lorea (iEARN-Argentina). GMT Thu 18 Nov 2010 01:00PM. What do you ... ...eat for breakfast in Yemen? ...take to school in Bangladesh? ...sing at a birthday party in Azerbaijan? ...do in your free time in your country Photography teacher Chris Baer, USA, and EFL teacher trainer and author Marta García Lorea, Argentina, will suggest some simple online projects in which Students communicate directly with their peers abroad using forums, email, social networks, and videoconferences. Chris and Marta will specifically highlight iEARN’s ‘One Day in the Life’ project, in which students from 125 countries share their lives in writing, photography, video, powerpoints, and other media by documenting details of a typical day (like visiting the grocery) or a special day (like a birthday.) By sharing and discussing life’s daily routines with students from around the world in a safe, monitored online environment, students promote a better understanding and respect of other cultures in the spirit of 'sharing, caring and respecting'. More Info and Link to Session.
- Digital Imaging Across Curriculum, Alema Nasim (iEARN-Pakistan). GMT Thu 18 Nov 2010 02:00PM. This presentation will introduce different iEARN collaborative projects that utilize Digital Imaging for final products and their impact on students learning through Global sharing and collaboration. More Info and Link to Session.
- Online Summer Camp! Dua Ali Syed (iEARN-Pakistan), Humayun Ansari (iEARN-Pakistan). GMT Thu 18 Nov 2010 03:00PM. The presentation will introduce a project initiated by iEARN-Pakistan, which allows youth to become a part of a new concept in summer fun – The Online Summer Camp. It will also emphasize on importance of preparing children to collaborate with others around the World. It will focus on how to provide an affordable and fun online learning environment to introduce and challenge youth to virtual course content via the internet, allowing them to create, communicate and collaborate with others while engaging them in their own learning using web 2.0 tools. More Info and Link to Session.
- Active Citizens, Nana Kow Acquaye (iEARN-Ghana). GMT Fri 19 Nov 2010 06:00AM. Active Citizenship concerns everyone. We all have rights and responsibilities, and shared national, continental and global interests. Strong and healthy communities welcome diversity in cultural expression, values and lifestyles. Active Citizenship refers to the voluntary capacity of citizens and communities working directly together or through elected representatives to exercise economic, social or political power in pursuit of shared goals. More Info and Link to Session.
- A Full Understanding of the Working of the Global Education Process, Gia Gaspard Taylor (iEARN-Trinidad and Tobago), Abe Fergusson (iEARN-Trinidad and Tobago). Not Yet Scheduled. To be able to grasp a full understanding of the working of the global education process, and to allow for the sharing with teachers and student particularly in the rural communities. More Info and Link to Session.
6. 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.
- Students' contribution to maintain World Heritage, Rohan Perera (iEARN-Sri Lanka). Not Yet Scheduled. How students can contribute to maintain world heritage. More Info and Link to Session.
7. iEARN NATURAL DISASTER YOUTH SUMMIT 2011 TO BE HELD IN CONJUNCTION WITH iEARN CONFERENCE AND 15TH ANNUAL YOUTH SUMMIT, JULY 17-23, 2011. Natural Disater Youth Summit Project is a year-round project in which students learn how to cope with natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, wildfires, floods, hurricanes, landslides, tsunamis, and droughts through communication and collaboration with global friends. Activities include: 1. “Global Disaster Safety Map” program. Students create a Disaster Safety Map of their school’s surrounding areas. 2. NDYS Teddy Bear Exchange and Kid’s Safety Bag. As a subsidiary program, NDYS Teddy Bears (NDYS Little Ambassadors) are exchanged between partner schools to strengthen friendly bonds among participants. Each School can make Kid’s Safety Bag (Emergency bag), too. 3. Discussion, Exhibition and Oral Presentation. Theme: Climate Change and Disaster Reduction. As the final event of the project, we will gather at the 18th Annual iEARN Conference and 15th Annual Youth Summit in Taiwan in July 2011 for an exhibition of maps and oral presentations. Through this program, students will grow as global citizens who take actions and share their knowledge of disaster management to local people. 4. In addition to the above activities, schools are invited to submit original activities related to disaster reduction or climate change.
8. HIGH SCHOOL JOURNALISM EDUCATION PROGRAM WORKSHOP, KUWAIT CITY, KUWAIT, OCTOBER 31-NOVEMBER 4, 2010. Educators from five schools in Kuwait attended a week-long journalism workshop facilitated by faculty from Northwestern University in Qatar. The training launched the MEPI-sponsored High School Journalism Education Program, which pairs schools with local journalist-mentors. During the workshop, teachers discussed the tools and principles of digital journalism, and planned how to start or improve their school news publications. Read press coverage.
9. MONGOLIA EMERGING YOUTH LEADERS WORKSHOP, ULAANBAATAR, MONGOLIA, NOVEMBER 8-10, 2010. iEARN-USA, in partnership with United Planet and the Mongolian Education Alliance (MEA), hosted a three-day workshop for its Emerging Youth Leaders Program. Teachers from 10 schools across Mongolia gathered in Ulaanbaatar for a training on community journalism and civic engagement. See photos.
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: Students from Taiwan, Tajikistan, and Turkey in the School Uniform Exchange Project.]