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Newsflash #332, November 7, 2014

Seeking Partners: iEARN Projects and Activities

  • Plant bulbs this month as part of the Daffodils and Tulips Project
  • Spreading global smiles through the Smiling World Project
  • Birdwatching, birdhouse design, and more in the Together With Birds Project
  • Share foods typical of your country in the Global Food Show and Tell Project
  • Share your cultural traditions in the My Identity, Your Identity Project
Resources, Contests, Websites and Announcements
  • iEARN Project Book and Teachers Guide
  • E-book Series about 2014 iEARN Conference and Youth Summit

Upcoming Events

  • iEARN Youth Facilitation Group to host "Hello World!" session, Nov 22, 2014, Online
  • 2014 Global Education Conference, Nov 17-22, 2014, Online
  • Natural Disaster Youth Summit 2015, Jan 15-18, 2015 in Toyota City, Japan
  • 2015 iEARN Conference and Youth Summit, July 26-31 2015, Brasilia, Brazil

Recent Events

  • iEARN Global MAD (Making a Difference) Day, Oct 28, 2014
  • Outdoor Adobe Youth Voices Workshop in Sao Paolo, Brazil, Oct 25, 2014

Seeking Partners: iEARN Projects and Activities

Plant bulbs this month as part of the Daffodils and Tulips Project

Daffodils and Tulips in TaiwanThe Daffodils and Tulips Project team welcomes you to join in planting daffodils and tulips in your schools, homes, or communities in the last week of November.  Participants are encouraged to plant their bulbs, and then join with others around the world in the online forum to share details about your planting, including photos and information like where you planted and an “investigative question” related to the project.  You can ask any big or small question in the forum as you get ready for planting or during the year as you follow the growth of your bulbs.  Connect in the Daffodils and Tulips Project Group on the iEARN Collaboration Centre.


Smiling World Project

Smiles from CameroonThe Smiling World Project is trying to promote happiness throughout the world by bringing international smiles to you. Want to join in and help us?  Connect with schools around the world in creating a global collection of images of smiles in different countries and communities.  Throughout the year, we will be capturing images of smiles to share with each other - exchanging posters, murals and drawings that show the world we are ready for peace and harmony.  A world with smiles is a world with sunshine - let's let the rays beam.  Interested?  Connect in the Smiling World Project Group on the iEARN Collaboration Centre.

Together With Birds Project

Together With Birds Project participants in BelarusJoin students in Belarus and the USA who are starting to post their drawings, birdwatching research, and bird feeder and birdhouse designs in the Together With Birds Project.  In this ongoing project, participants research information about the birds of their community through birdwatching, organizing activities, and sharing information with each other.  Follow the togetherwithbirds.blogspot.com blog for photo updates, and connect and get involved in the project on the Together With Birds Project Group on the iEARN Collaboration Centre.

Global Food Show and Tell

Global Food Show and Tell in TaiwanEach month, students share a video letter or photos showing their food and describing it (and sometimes including the recipe).  Others are encouraged to post responses in the form of messages or video letters. Would you enjoy that food?  Do you have something similar in their country? Topics include Breakfast Foods, School Lunch Foods, Holiday Foods, Cookies, Healthy Foods and Drinks, Favorite Foods, Breads, Meats, Vegetables and Fruits, and Cook Out/Picnic Foods.  Check out recent posts, including How to make Toast with “dulce de leche” and “Mate” (video) and Milanesa sandwiches (video) from Argentina, and what’s in lunch boxes around the world, including in the USA, Lebanon and in this class in Taiwan (video).  Join them in the Global Food Show and Tell Project Group on the iEARN Collaboration Centre.

My Identity, Your Identity Project

My Identity, Your IdentityJoin students around the world in exploring and researching the elements that form their identities. The project is just getting underway and will run through April 2015.  In this project, students are encouraged to explore and research the elements that form their identities. These elements include the traditions and the famous landmarks in their communities, which are parts of their cultures and identities. Students talk about the traditional celebrations they have and how they celebrate them, including the kinds of clothes they wear, they types of food they cook on those special days, and the styles of music they listen to. We want to help students to fully realize the importance of their cultural traditions and how they impact their identity.  Join them in the My Identity, Your Identity Project Group on the iEARN Collaboration Centre.

Resources, Contests, Websites, and Announcements

iEARN Project Book and Teachers Guide

iEARN Teachers Guide and Project BookLooking for some project ideas and inspiration?  Need tips and ideas for incorporating virtual exchange and global projects into your school or after-school activities?  Check out the 2014-2015 iEARN Project Book (PDF) of projects designed and facilitated by educators and youth around the world, and a new Teachers Guide to Online Collaboration and Global Projects (PDF) with tips on developing a project plan, presenting student outcomes, measuring results, and more.  For a full listing of iEARN projects, and to get connected, visit the Project Space on the iEARN Collaboration Centre.

E-Book Series about 2014 iEARN Conference and Youth Summit

E-Book Series - iEARN 2014 ConferenceFundación Evolución, organizers of the 2014 iEARN Conference and Youth Summit, have published a series of e-books (all in English and Spanish) that gather contents and materials of the 2014 conference, which took place in Puerto Madryn, Chubut Province, Argentina from June, 29th to July, 5th, 2014. Each e-book includes a focus on a particular set of activities related to the iEARN 2014 Conference, including project implementation, posters, resources, and workshops.  Check out Resources (e-book 1), Posters (e-book 2), and Backstage at the iEARN Conference (e-book 3)

Upcoming Events

iEARN Youth Facilitation Group to Host First "Hello World!" Session, November 22, on Skype

From the group that brought you MAD Day, the iEARN Youth Facilitation Group welcomes you to join in a new activity called Hello World!  This activity aims to connect iEARN youth around the world with each other using video chat. Monthly sessions will be prepared and announced to youth iEARNers so they can submit their interests to attend any of the sessions. The first Hello World! Session will be held on November 22 with the topic: Dream.  Participants will discuss questions such as What's your dream? What are you doing to achieve it?  How would this dream influence your country?  What are the obstacles you have faced or will face? How did you or will you overcome these challenges to realizing your dream?  Join them on November 22, 2014. Time: GMT6 & GMT18. Place: Skype.  Application: http://goo.gl/ZrifyY

Global Education Conference 2014, November 17-22. 

2014 Global Education ConferenceJoin us later this month during International Education Week at the Global Education Conference, a free week-long online event bringing together educators and innovators from around the world.  The entire conference, from Monday, November 17 through Friday, November 22, 2014 (November 23rd in some time zones), is hosted online using Blackboard Collaborate.  Click here for a list of iEARN sessions scheduled so far, including Promoting Cultural Diversity and Appreciation through the Holiday Card Exchange, the Daffodils and Tulips Project, Taiwanese students presenting their experience in the iEARN Folk Tales/Storytelling Project, reports about MAD (Make a Difference) Day in Syria, and more.  And, be sure to join iEARN-South Africa Coordinator, Omashani Naidoo, in her conference keynote session.

Natural Disaster Youth Summit 2015, January 15-18 in Toyota City, Japan

NDYS activitiesThe Natural Disaster Youth Summit Project is an ongoing initiative in which students learn how to cope with natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, wildfires, floods, hurricanes, landslides, tsunamis, droughts, and other natural disasters through communication and collaboration with global friends.  The Natural Disaster Youth Summit 2015 will take place in TOYOTA from January 15-18, 2015 in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan.  This year’s theme is Climate Change and Disaster Reduction. Slogan: Communication saves lives!  See more information about the event at: ​http://ndys.jearn.jp/ndys2015.html


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

iEARN participants around the world Made a Difference on MAD Day

Tunisia iEARN MAD DayOn the last Tuesday in October, iEARN youth, educators and coordinators around the world participated in MAD (Make A Difference) Day by giving back to their local communities through community service and sharing their Collaboration Centre projects with others.  Visit the iEARN Facebook Page and MAD (Make a Difference Day) Facebook Page to see some of the over 25 events that took place around the world, including a campaign to encourage voter turnout in Tunisia, visits to elder centers in Taiwan, peace-building in the USA, and environmental actions in Bangladesh.  Thank you to the iEARN Youth Facilitation Group for organizing the first global iEARN MAD Day!


Outdoor Adobe Youth Voices Workshop in Sao Paolo, Brazil, October 25, 2014

Adobe Youth Voices workshop in Sao PaoloOn Saturday, October 25th, the iEARN-Brasil/Educadores Globais Adobe Youth Voices team hosted an outdoor media capturing activity with the Adobe Youth Voices Media Mentor, Wagner Silva.  The event was held in Etec Jornalista Roberto Marinho and was a chance for educators and students to learn how to capture images and videos, including how to get the best shots to convert into small clips.  On the same day, participants had a chance to edit their videos and share strategies for effective video production.  Read More.


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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