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Newsflash #329, August 12, 2014

Seeking Partners: iEARN Projects and Activities

  • Register now for the September - January session of iEARN Learning Circles
  • New project idea - Smiling World Project
  • New project idea - Global Food Show and Tell
  • New project idea - Music Around the World
  • New project idea - Jobs Around the World
  • New Alternate Reality Project
  • ANIA Children's Land Project / Tierra de Niños
Resources, Contests, Websites and Announcements
  • New Collaboration Centre feature - see countries / people who have joined per group

Upcoming Events

  • Global MAD (Making a Difference) Day, October 28, 2014
  • Global Education Conference, November 17-22, 2014 - Call for Proposals
  • 2015 iEARN Conference and Youth Summit in Brasilia, Brazil, July 26-31, 2015

Recent Events

  • Virtual Exchanges: Using New Technology to Enhance People-to-People Exchanges Panel

Seeking Partners: iEARN Projects and Activities

Register now for the September - January session of iEARN Learning Circles

iEARN Learning CirclesLooking for a way to connect your students with global peers?  Sign up by September 15 for the upcoming session of iEARN Learning Circles, which will run from September 30, 2014 to January 15, 2015 (15 weeks with a 1-week break in December). Learning Circles are highly interactive, project-based partnerships among a small number of schools located throughout the world. There are two sessions each year, September - January and January - May. In addition to hands on support throughout the session, educators have access to a comprehensive Learning Circles Teachers Guide. To participate in an iEARN Learning Circle, educators must first register in iEARN, and then fill out a special Learning Circles Placement Form by September 15  For more information about iEARN Learning Circles, visit www.iearn.org/circles.


New project idea - Smiling World Project

Smiling World ProjectA class in Russia is seeking to promote happiness throughout the world by spreading international smiles.  Smiling World aims to promote international peace throughout the world through smiles.  As part of the project, participants will be invited to take photos and share drawings promoting smiles, handmade toys with smiles, murals, poetry, and more.  At the end of the project, facilitators will help to organize an international exhibition including all the photos and posters and making it public with the help of mass media and online resources and social media channels.  The project will be active from September 2014 - May 2015.  Interested?  Connect via the "Smiling World Project" discussion topic in the iEARN Teachers Forum.

New project idea - Global Food Show and Tell

Global Food Show and tellIn this collaborative project, students will share foods via video letters posted in the iEARN forum each month.  Each month will highlight a particular food: September-Breakfast Foods; October-School Lunch Foods; November-Holiday Foods; December-Cookies/Sweets; January-Healthy Foods and Drinks; February-Favorite Food; March-Breads; April-Meats; May-Fruits and Vegetables; and June-Cookout/Picnic Foods.  Through the project, participants around the world will see how they each share things in common, and also appreciate their differences.  Interested?  Login and respond to the "Global Food Show and Tell" discussion topic on the iEARN Teachers Forum.

New project idea - Music Around the World

Music Around the WorldSeeking classes worldwide to collaborate on a musical project centering around peace, compassion, and empathy.  Children will collaborate to write music and lyrics and then perform the song to create a music video.  All ages are welcome.  Older students can write the words and music.  Younger students can create the artwork for the video.  All children can perform.  The performance will include instruments from around the world, as well as various languages and sounds the children choose to use.  This project will begin in January and will end by June.  The timeline is dependent on the children but they will be supported to complete each step by certain deadlines.  If enough people sign up, there will be more than one song created.  The music video(es) will be posted on the iEARN site as well as promoted online and posted on YouTube.  There are many possible add-ons to the project -- research about instruments and music, creation of new instruments, and the study of anatomy as it relates to sound creation.  Interested?  Login and respond to the "Music Around the World" discussion topic on the iEARN Teachers Forum.

New project idea - Jobs Around the World

Jobs Around the WorldA class in Romania, ages 10-15, would like to suggest a new project topic called "Jobs Around the World," aimed at comparing jobs from different parts of the world.  The project would explore different types of work - old jobs compared to modern jobs, difficult jobs compared to easier jobs, and other topics related to jobs and career, including careers of the future that may not yet exist. If there are any teachers and schools interested in this subject and in being our project partners, login and respond to the “Jobs Around the World” discussion topic in the iEARN Teachers Forum.
 

New Alternate Reality Project

Alternate Reality ProjectIf our students can't physically walk in one another's shoes, what if they "Photoshopped" each other in?  In this project, students are invited to send (and receive) photographs of their peers in a variety of poses against a blank background. They may accompany the photos with a short list of activities and interests they typically enjoy doing at school.  Then, using Photoshop, Gimp (free software), or other image-editing software, students create photo composites by cutting and pasting their "guests" into scenes around their school, writing captions for their photographs, explaining aspects of what life might be like for them, and then emailing photo composites back to their partner classes.  Groups can then discuss what problems they might face at their "new" school and  brainstorm solutions. Once students identify some of the difficulties students face in their partner's school, they can make observations and suggestions to pass along to their partner teacher and administration.  Join via the new Alternate Reality Group on the iEARN Collaboration Centre.

ANIA Children's Land Project / Tierra de Niños

ANIA Children's Land Project / Tierra de NiñosShare your home and/or school garden experiences and learn about how the agricultural methods of the Incan people of Peru can guide us in developing our own sustainable gardening practices. Choose to plant for yourself, the community and the planet, and share your choices, your challenges and your successes in the forum!  Possible activities include: 1. Divide the land you have available into three parts, or begin with three pots! Plan what you will plant in each part - What will you grow for yourself (and your classmates?) Next, what will you grow to share with your community? Who will you share with? (A soup kitchen? a nursing home?) And finally, what will you plant that will benefit the planet: the insects, the soil, or the air? Plan what you will plant in each third of your space. 2. Paint signs and or rocks to describe your garden, and to teach others about your philosophy and your choices.  3. Take photographs of your garden, and keep a journal about the weather, the growth, the insects, and the harvest.  Join via the ANIA Children's Land Project / Tierra de Niños Group on the iEARN Collaboration Centre.

Resources, Contests, Websites, and Announcements

New Collaboration Centre feature - see countries / people who have joined each group

Countries ParticipatingWe're pleased to share that participants in the iEARN Collaboration Centre can now connect and see which other educators have joined each of the interactive groups on the site by viewing the "Countries Participating" block to the left of each group page and clicking on the hyperlinked country name to get to a list of educators from that country who have joined the group.  Login to the iEARN Collaboration Centre at http://collaborate.iearn.org to check out the new feature.  

Upcoming Events

Global MAD (Making a Difference) Day, October 28

MAD (Making a Difference) DayOn the last Tuesday in October each year, iEARN youth, educators and coordinators around the world are invited to participate in MAD (Make A Difference) Day by giving back to their local communities through community service and sharing their Collaboration Centre projects with others.  The purpose of MAD Day is to put iEARN’s mission of “learning with the world” and improving the state of the planet into visible practice and to raise awareness about iEARN project activities.  In 2014, MAD Day will be held on October 28.  Show your interest and get involved via the MAD Day Facebook Group or login to the iEARN Collaboration Centre and connect here with the Youth Facilitation Group organizing the event.

Global Education Conference 2014, November 17-22.  Call for Proposals is open

2014 Global Education ConferenceSession proposals are now being accepted for the fifth annual Global Education Conference, a free week-long online event bringing together educators and innovators from around the world, to be held Monday, November 17 through Friday, November 22, 2014 (November 23rd in some time zones). The entire conference is hosted online in a webinar format.  The Global Education Conference is designed to significantly increase opportunities for connecting classrooms while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity and educational access for all. If you are submitting a session as part of iEARN, please be sure to include "iEARN" as one of your conference strand choices.  You can tag your session with more than one strand. Proposals can be submitted until November 15, 2014.  Read more >

2015 iEARN Conference and Youth Summit in Brasilia, Brazil, July 2015

iEARN-Brasil (Educadores Globais) will host the 2015 iEARN Conference and Youth Summit in Brasilia, Brazil, July 26-31, 2015.  Stay tuned for details!

Recent Events

Virtual Exchanges: Using New Technology to Enhance People-to-People Exchanges

Sister Cities InternationalDavid Potter of iEARN-USA recently presented at the 58th Annual Sister Cities International Conference, July 31-August 2 in San Jose, California at a special panel session focused on "virtual exchanges" - the power of technology to prepare, deepen and extend physical exchanges, and to make it possible for every young person to access high-quality international and cross-cultural education, even when physical exchanges are not possible.  Check out the agenda at www.sister-cities.org/2014agenda.

About iEARN

iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) is a global non-profit network that empowers teachers and students worldwide to use technology to collaborate on 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 140 countries, with 2,000,000 students participating as part of their education.  iEARN-International: www.iearn.org
 
 
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