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iEARN Newsflash, Special Edition March 2020
Students in Israel and Taiwan participating in the iEARN project, Talking Kites Around the World, come together in a video conference to share about the kites they made and the dreams they displayed, as well as daily life on regular days and their days now, during the coronavirus outbreak.

Project Updates

Hello World Learning Circle - Register by March 30th for April 1st Start!

We are grateful to Barry Kramer for offering additional sessions to help you and your students connect with other classrooms during this time. Learning Circles is a great way for beginners to engage in their first global project experience. The "Hello World" Learning Circle starting on April 1st is 5 weeks long and is designed for beginners. iEARN Learning Circles are highly interactive and facilitated project experiences among a small number of schools located throughout the world. For more details, feel free to reach out to us at the email address or phone number below, and to register, log into your iEARN Collaboration Centre account, and visit the Learning Circles page.

Talking Kites Around the World - Connecting and Sharing about Kites

While participants of the Talking Kites Around the World project would normally be flying their kites and posting photos, videos and comments in the project forum, on the Spring Equinox, March 19th, this year was different, due to COVID-19. Instead, with many of their students engaged in distance learning from home, iEARN teachers got creative. As the photo at the top of this newsletter depicts, a class in Israel and a class in Taiwan connected on a video conference to share about the kites they made and the dreams they displayed, as well as daily life on regular days and their days now, during the coronavirus outbreak. View the video one class in Poland created with digital flags representing their dreams. To learn more about the Talking Kites Around the World project, visit it in the iEARN Collaboration Centre.

Students Connect and Share about how COVID-19 is Impacting their Communities


iEARN students and educators are connecting and sharing with their global peers about how COVID-19 is impacting their communities. Visit the iEARN Teachers Forum and Youth Forum to view and join these conversations.

Below are some comments from students in the Earth Stewardship Project forum:

"The coronavirus is affecting my family because it prevents my dad from going to his job. My mom can't go out and get the stuff she needs.  The stores are out of milk bread, eggs and toilet paper.   It's hard for my mom to work at the house because me and my brothers need the computer to do our homework and the internet is really slow. I can't really hangout with friends. My family isn't leaving the house at all. My brother's Confirmation got canceled. School was canceled which makes things difficult. The virus is keeping other people from their job which means their probably not getting paid." - Nicholas

"The corona virus is monumentally affecting us and our community.There are many children that rely on their school for meals and a safe place. With school being closed, those children and teens have to find a way to get a meal and a shelter." - Sophie

"The corona-virus is wreaking havoc on our everyday lives but still we can pull through. As long as we can help each other by not spreading this virus, we can manage to keep it at bay." - Leyna

Opportunities and Resources for Teaching during COVID-19

iEARN Art Challenge - Call for Entries

Encourage your students to submit their photography, graphic designs or drawings that deliver a message of peace and reflect a concept or purpose of improving quality of life on the planet to the iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) Art Challenge! Submissions are due by June 1st. For more details, click here.


iEARN Video Conferencing Support

Looking for tips and guidance on using videoconferencing tools in your classroom? Download the iEARN Videoconferencing Guide and watch a powerful video of classrooms in Algeria and the United States connecting via video here.

Looking to connect with a partner classroom via video conference? The iEARN Support Team is happy to help! We currently have a few iEARN Zoom Rooms we can schedule out as they are available for iEARN Member use. To request to use an iEARN Zoom Room, complete this form and our Support Team will gladly assist you.


Resource for Leading Groups Online

Using their combined two decades of online facilitation, Jeanne and Daniel walk you through the basics of how to lead sessions online. In this guide, they give you their top 10 principles for leading online groups, introduce you to interactive tools you can lead online, and answer commonly asked questions.

 

Free Zoom Access for all Schools Affected by Coronavirus

Zoom is temporarily lifting the 40-minute time limit on free Basic accounts for schools affected by the Coronavirus. Complete this form to get access for your school.


Smithsonian Science for Global Goals Community Research Guide

Smithsonian Science for Global Goals project has new freely available community research guides developed by the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) in partnership with the InterAcademy Partnership. These Smithsonian Science for Global Goals community research guides use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework to focus on sustainable actions that are student-defined and implemented.

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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