Newsflash #269, June 8, 2010
* Special Announcement: Register by June 10th 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. Include your iEARN Project Book in the 2010-2011 Project Book.
2. Check out global "Listen to the Walls Talking" Project images.
3. Connect with students in the One Day in the Life Project.
4. Debunking Stereotypes Project publishes 2009-2010 report.
RESOURCES, CONTESTS, WEBSITES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
5. iEARN-Moldova to host FLEX students with disabilities from Eurasia - seeking US partner schools for collaboration.
6. Help teachers new to iEARN get started in projects.
7. Submit your project to the Stockholm Challenge 2010.
8. Free Learning with Gaming for Educators Online Course.
9. Register now for 17th Annual iEARN Conference and 14th Youth Summit in Barrie, Canada, July 12-17, 2010.
10. 2010 Natural Disaster Youth Summit in Turkey, August 23-27, 2010
11. SchoolNet South Africa hosts Adobe Youth Voices Workshop, June 5-6, 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. INCLUDE YOUR iEARN PROJECT IN THE 2010-2011 PROJECT BOOK!!! If your project is already active and will continue, please submit an updated template to email@example.com. If it is a new project, please first post your project idea in the Teachers Forum or, for students, the Youth Forum. Once you find partners, complete the project template below and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible, but no later than the FINAL DEADLINE of August 2, 2010. This project template can be submitted in any language, and is available in multiple languages in the translated versions of the iEARN Project Book.
1. Name of Project:
2. Brief one-sentence description of project:
3. Full description of project:
4. Age/level of project participants:
5. Timetable/Schedule for the project:
6. Possible project/classroom activities:
7. Expected outcomes/products:
8. Project contribution to others and the planet:
9. Project language(s):
10. Curriculum/Subject area:
11. Names/email of initial participating groups:
12. Name of facilitator(s):
13. Email of facilitator(s):
14. iEARN Forum where it will take place or is taking place (leave blank if uncertain, and you will be assigned to a forum):
15. WWW page of project (not required):
Send by email (optional: with project photo/image to accompany description) email@example.com
2. CHECK OUT GLOBAL "LISTEN TO THE WALLS TALKING" IMAGES. Sasa Sirk (Slovenia), project facilitator, writes, "It's been a little over a year since the Walls Talking project (collecting and sharing graffiti messages) started breathing and living with lots of much appreciated help and support and inspiration from dear dear cyber friends. Within our iEARN family we have received...over 600 photos from 18 different countries - Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Morocco, Mexico, Romania, Russia, Spain, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, USA and Venezuela." Check out the Listen to the Walls Talking Project Flickr site. Connect to the iEARN forum on the Project Webpage.
3. CONNECT WITH STUDENTS IN THE ONE DAY IN THE LIFE PROJECT. Students from Thailand and the USA are currently posting introductions of themselves in the One Day Forum. Check out their messages and post your own writings, photos and drawings representing a day in your life! One Day Project Webpage.
4. DEBUNKING STEREOTYPES PROJECT PUBLISHES 2009-2010 REPORT. Saeed Al Abdulsalam (Oman), project facilitator, writes, "In its first year, the Debunk Stereotypes Project was a big success...this project aims to create a more understanding and caring atmosphere among the youth all over the world...More than 20 schools took part from different countries including Oman, Morocco, Algeria, Portugal, the USA, Macedonia, Azerbaijan, India, Pakistan, Kenya, Turkey, Brazil, France, Yemen, Taiwan, Ghana, Nigeria, and Belarus." Download report. (3.4MB)
RESOURCES, CONTESTS, WEBSITES, ANNOUNCEMENTS
5. iEARN-MOLDOVA TO HOST FLEX STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES FROM EURASIA -- SEEKING US PARTNER SCHOOLS FOR COLLABORATION. This July, iEARN-Moldova is hosting the next round of FLEX students with disabilities from Eurasia in collaboration with the American Councils for Education in Moldova (read more). We would love to partner with an US school to assist FLEX finalists with visual and physical challenges in their struggle to improve their English speaking skills, while studying the American culture and life style. For more information, please contact iEARN-Moldova Representative Daniela Munca.
6. HELP TEACHERS NEW TO iEARN GET STARTED IN PROJECTS! Your feedback is needed! iEARN-USA is developing a short online Getting Started Guide for teachers new to iEARN. This will accompany the 2010-2011 iEARN Project Book and the Collaboration Center. Our goal is to give teachers quick and easy “how to” information about participating in an iEARN project. Please think back to the resources you used when you began your involvement with iEARN. What resources worked best and why? What resources seemed intimidating to you? What helped the most to get you and your students involved? Do you have suggestions for how we can improve the following resources? 1) iEARN Project Book, 2) iEARN Multimedia Guide, 3) iEARN international website, Building Connections Section. We would love to hear your feedback, whether you’ve been with iEARN for 2 months or 20 years! Ready? Take the Getting Started Guide survey.
7. SUBMIT YOUR PROJECT TO THE STOCKHOLM CHALLENGE 2010. The Stockholm Challenge Award is open for projects that use ICT to improve people's social and economic conditions and their environment. Submission deadline is August 1, 2010. More info.
8. FREE "LEARNING WITH GAMING FOR EDUCATORS" ONLINE COURSE. Bill Belsey, iEARN educator in Canada, has developed a Moodle-based online course, Learning With Gaming for Educators.
9. REGISTER NOW FOR THE 17TH ANNUAL iEARN CONFERENCE AND 14TH ANNUAL YOUTH SUMMIT IN BARRIE, CANADA, JULY 12-17, 2010. Please note that registrations need to be finalized and paid in full by June 10th in order to reserve rooms at Georgian College, the conference venue. Check out a video preview and visit the conference website at 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. Among countries registered so far: Armenia, Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Brazil, Cameroon, China, Cote D'Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Lebanon, Liberia, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Taiwan, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, USA, UK, and Yemen.
10. 2010 NATURAL DISASTER YOUTH SUMMIT TO BE HELD IN TURKEY, AUGUST 23-27, 2010. The summit was started by the JEARN (iEARN-Japan) 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. Visit the NDYS 2010 Conference Website, or learn more about the year-round Natural Disaster Youth Summit Project.
11. SCHOOLNET SOUTH AFRICA HOSTS ADOBE YOUTH VOICES WORKSHOP, JUNE 5-6, 2010. The iEARN-South Africa team at SchoolNet South Africa hosted a workshop at Hilton College in KwaZulu Natal for educators from around the country who have been participating in the Adobe Youth Voices program with their students. See workshop 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: Listen to the Walls Talking Project contributions from the USA, Brazil, and Slovenia]