Newsflash #266, April 20, 2010* Special Announcement: Register now for the 17th Annual iEARN Conference and 14th Annual Youth Summit in Barrie, Canada, July 12-17, 2010! See below for details.
SEEKING PARTNERS: iEARN PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES
1. International Intercultural Mural Exchanges.
2. Thousands of students worldwide flew kites in March as part of Talking Kites Project activities.
3. One Day in the Life Project participants document daily life around the world.
4. English teacher in Taiwan seeking partners for student video conversations.
RESOURCES, CONTESTS, WEBSITES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
5. iEARN Anniversary Video available in multiple languages.
6. Check out the latest iEARN-Pakistan newsletter.
7. Follow iEARN-USA on Twitter.
8. iEARN's Elluminate vClasses a great place for live project meetings.
9. YouthCaN Environmental Conference, April 24-26, 2010.
10. Register now for 17th Annual iEARN Conference and 14th Youth Summit in Barrie, Canada, July 12-17, 2010.
11. 2010 Natural Disaster Youth Summit in Turkey, August 23-27, 2010.
SEEKING PARTNERS: iEARN PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES
Download the 2009-2010 iEARN Project Book (available in English, French, Spanish, and Korean) or View full listing of iEARN projects.
1. INTERNATIONAL INTERCULTURAL MURAL EXCHANGES. Between September 2009 and March 2010, 36 classes in Japan and 36 classes from 14 countries worked together on joint mural projects. They met in September, learned about a global topic they decided via the IIME forum and videoconferences in October, discussed and decided the design of their mural in November. Then, the Japan side drew one half of a canvas in December-January, and their partner class in the other country drew the other half in January-February. Now the murals are complete! Lots of stories were born in the process of exchange. Some were touching, some were interesting, some were instructive...each pair has a story of its own. Below are some videos and news coverage of murals created during the 2009 IIME that show how this mural exchange was done internationally and inter-culturally.
Japan (Sanno ES) & Canada (Boundary ES) in January TV in Canada and paper in Canada
Japan (Kanaiwa ES) / USA (Melridge) in March TV in US and video in Japan
Japan (Okazaki Josei HS) & Pakistan (Funkor Child Art Center) video in Pakistan and paper in Pakistan
Japan (Tomorogi JHS) & Fiji (Nakaikogo JHS) paper in Fiji
Join us in 2010-2011 IIME! We have started in April to accept applications for 2010-2011 IIME. The first term of acceptance: April-May. The second: June-early August The recruit number: 100 schools. The Japanese school year has already started in April and many of them want their partners. You are very welcome to IIME and I'm looking forward to having you this year! Connect via the iEARN IIME Project Page.
Atsuko Shiwaku (Japan)
2. THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS WORLDWIDE PARTICIPATED IN TALKING KITES PROJECT ACTIVITIES IN MARCH 2010. See videos from Slovenian participants (video 1, video 2, video 3) and join in the global year round iEARN Talking Kites Project!
3. ONE DAY IN THE LIFE PROJECT DOCUMENTS DAILY LIFE AROUND THE WORLD. In addition to ongoing activities throughout the year, the project celebrated a special March 23 event with participation from students in 24 countries -- Morocco, USA, Yemen, Azerbaijan, East Jerusalem, Bangladesh, Oman, Taiwan, Romania, Pakistan, South Korea, Slovenia, Canada, China, Ukraine, Bahrain, Argentina, the Netherlands, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Zambia, Brazil, Croatia and Jordan. In addition to hundreds of text posts, over 700 multimedia files have been contributed since 23 March, including photos, videos, and powerpoints. The project team is already planning another One Day event in July (to coincide with the 2010 iEARN Annual Conference in Canada). Read more and connect to the project forum on the iEARN One Day in the Life Project Page.
4. ENGLISH TEACHER IN TAIWAN SEEKING PARTNERS FOR STUDENT VIDEO CONVERSATIONS. "I am an English teacher in Taiwan, East Asia. I would love to invite teachers and students around the globe to have direct video conversations on assigned topics. Here is a tentative plan for this conversation. Student level: Grade 10~12 (17~18 years old). Language: English. Frequency of conversation: twice per week (until mid June). Duration of conversation: about 30 mins. Topic of conversation: to be decided by teachers. Process of conversation: Students use English to have conversations on the topics their teachers have decided for them, and they can chat and ask one another questions during the conversations. All kind of supplementary materials that facilitate the conversations are encouraged." From Hungchin (Taiwan). Interested? See the Invitation: Students' video conversation topic in the iEARN Teachers Forum.
RESOURCES, CONTESTS, WEBSITES, ANNOUNCEMENTS
5. iEARN ANNIVERSARY VIDEO AVAILABLE IN MULTIPLE LANGUAGES. The iEARN Anniversary Video is available with multilingual captions through dotSUB.com, a browser based, one-stop, self contained system for creating and viewing subtitles for videos in multiple languages across all platforms. Bengali, Spanish, Italian, and Arabic translations of the iEARN Anniversary Video subtitles are already underway or completed. We would love to have the video captions in 50 languages!! Can we do it? Interested in helping to provide additional translations? Contact Ed Gragert.
6. CHECK OUT THE LATEST iEARN-PAKISTAN NEWSLETTER! Download pdf.
7. FOLLOW iEARN-USA ON TWITTER! Visit iEARN-USA's Twitter page for ongoing news.
8. iEARN'S ELLUMINATE vCLASSES A GREAT PLACE FOR LIVE PROJECT MEETINGS. As the school year ends for some in the network, think about having an online meeting with your project parner classes. iEARN has two Elluminate vClasses available to participants to communicate by video and audio, and to exchange various multimedia, including powerpoint slides. You can record your session to share with others. Book a room on the iEARN Elluminate Site. To learn more about Elluminate, visit the Elluminate Website.
9. YouthCaN ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE, APRIL 24-26, 2010. The New York City event will be held on April 26th between 9:00 am - 1:45 pm (EST) at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC, USA. YouthCaN is a year-round global network within iEARN of students using telecommunications for environmental project work. This year students from the five boroughs of NYC will be joined by others from as far away as Florida and Texas (USA), Oman, Dominican Republic, and Egypt (via video-conference) and Pakistan (via video-conference)! Join us!
10. REGISTER NOW FOR THE 17TH ANNUAL iEARN CONFERENCE AND 14TH ANNUAL YOUTH SUMMIT IN BARRIE, CANADA, JULY 12-17, 2010. Check out a video preview and visit the conference website at http://www.iearn2010.org/ for more information and to register. Participation is open to all. iEARN encourages attendance by all who want to make their classes more global and who believe that students can be empowered to make a difference in the world when they work together on collaborative online projects.
11. 2010 NATURAL DISASTER YOUTH SUMMIT TO BE HELD IN TURKEY, AUGUST 23-27, 2010. The summit was started by the Japanese team, and has been held since 2005. The participation of 300 students (150 students from abroad and 150 students from Turkey) has been planned for this year. Registration and more information can be found at http://www.ndysturkiye.com/ For more about the Natural Disaster Youth Summit, see http://ndys.jearn.jp/
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: http://www.iearn.org
[top banner photo: Kite-flying in Kazakhstan, iEARN Talking Kites Project]