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Newsflash #333, December 13, 2014

Seeking Partners: iEARN Projects and Activities

  • Register by Jan 15 for Jan-May 2015 session of iEARN Learning Circles
  • Music of the World Project to start in January
  • Nature's Global Zoo Project beginning in January
  • My School, Your School Project
  • Money Matters Project
  • Digital Citizenship Project
Resources, Contests, Websites and Announcements
  • New video features iEARN educator in Missouri, USA
  • Upcoming Contest and Awards Opportunities
  • New NSLI-Y Language Learning Interactive Website
  • iEARN educator Chris Baer featured in Martha's Vineyard Times

Upcoming Events

  • 2015 Natural Disaster Youth Summit in Toyota City, Japan, Jan 15-18
  • International Youth Summit in Hyogo, Japan, March 26-28
  • 2015 iEARN Conference and Youth Summit, Brasilia, Brazil, July 26-31

Recent Events

  • iEARN educator Rose Gimenes presents about iEARN Teddy Bears - "Ambassadors of Peace"

Seeking Partners: iEARN Projects and Activities

Sign up now for next session of iEARN Learning Circles

Learning CirclesSign up by January 15th for the upcoming session of iEARN Learning Circles, which will run from January 30 - May 25, 2015 (15 weeks with a 1-week break in April). 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.  Over 15 weeks, participating classes have a chance to work with a small number of parter classrooms from around the world on a Learning Circle theme of their choice.  Learn more about Learning Circles at www.iearn.org/circles.  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 Learning Circles Placement form.


Music of the World Project to start in January

Music of the World ProjectStudents around the world are invited to work together to create and perform an original song.  Participants will discuss possible themes for the song, with a focus on cultural understanding, empathy, peace, and compassion. Once the theme is agreed upon, the lyrics and chorus will be written in groups and collectively, and then images will be created for a music video. Each class will perform a section and all classes will sing the chorus lyrics, and submit the recording to the group. The facilitator, or a student member of the group, will take all the recordings and images and create the music video.  Students of different age levels can play different roles in the project, from writing lyrics, to writing music, to creating images for the video.  Should enough classes sign up for this project, more than one music video may be created.  Connect in the Music of the World Group on the iEARN Collaboration Centre.


Nature's Global Zoo Project beginning in January

Nature's Global ZooJoin in researching animals native to your country (or area within your country) and designing a virtual zoo so that the Earth's citizens can visit it online.  Elementary students are invited to complete any components that they are comfortable with or they may simply look up different animals and present them with information about the animal and its habitat. Middle grades can incorporate varying components that fit their individual comfort levels as well.  High School students will research the animals, design a zoo, create a financial budget for the zoo, and promote it through a publicity campaign.  An additional emphasis will be placed on threatened/endangered animals and what is being done to help them. Connect in the Nature's Global Zoo Group on the iEARN Collaboration Centre.


My School, Your School Project

My School, Your SchoolIn this ongoing project, students share information, images, and videos about the educational institutions they attend to give their global peers an insight into the experience of school life in their own community.  This project supports students to reflect on their own identities, and to further research school life, while collaborating with global peers to learn together and build a more tolerant world that is respectful of diversity.  Connect in the My School, Your School Group on the iEARN Collaboration Centre.


Money Matters Project

Money Matters ProjectConnect in the Money Matters Project to exchange information about the history of money, share interesting facts, discuss pocket money and how it is spent, and many other topics related to money and currencies.  You are also welcome to join the project at any time and discuss any topic you like or suggest your own idea.  Read more on the Money Matters blog at http://moneymattersiearn.blogspot.com and connect in the Money Matters Project on the iEARN Collaboration Centre.


Digital Citizenship Project

Digital Citizenship ProjectThis project aims to make students aware of their responsibility while working online. Participants will gain an understanding of the term ‘Digital Citizenship’ and what it means in their context. They will learn digital etiquette, and make conscious efforts to practice it and spread it amongst their friends and family. The project also aims to raise awareness of e-safety and about common web threats such as computer viruses (spyware, malware, adware, phishing, & pharming) and web issues such as copyright laws, cyber bullying, and plagiarism.  Connect in the Digital Citizenship Project on the Collaboration Centre.

Resources, Contests, Websites, and Announcements

New video features iEARN educator in Missouri

Micro-DocumentaryProduced by Micro-Documentaries, this short video profiles educator Katherine Korte of Pattonville High School in Missouri, USA and her experiences working in iEARN and the Chris Stevens Youth Network.  "This work has completely changed my worldview and how I feel about my position in the world and the role of myself as an educator.  When students are collaborating, they’re doing so many things.  They’re building communication skills.  They’re building creativity skills, problem-solving skills, awareness.  That’s the future of education - where you’re combining your head, your heart, and your hands together in one.  iEARN combines all of that."  View the video on Vimeo.

Upcoming Contest and Awards Opportunities

UNESCO Club Youth Multimedia CompetitionCheck out the iEARN Teachers Forum and Youth Forum for up to date announcements from iEARN Youth Facilitation Group Member, Yasser Alaa Mobarak about global contests and award opportunities, including the 2015 Worldwide UNESCO Club Youth Multimedia Competition (Deadline: January 25, 2015), UNESCO Humanity Photo Awards 2015 (Deadline: April 15, 2015), 2015 International letter-writing competition for young people (Deadline: April 30, 2015), International Environmental Children's Drawing Contest (Deadline: May 29, 2015), and the #DrawDisability Contest (Deadline: July 15, 2015).

New NSLI-Y Language Learning Interactive Website

NSLI-Y InteractiveiEARN-USA is proud to announce the launch of a new NSLI-Y Interactive website, showcasing language learning and cross-cultural experiences of students on the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.  The multimedia stories on this new site share the experiences of students on the NSLI-Y program with youth, educators, and language learners to support further cultural exchange and language learning.


iEARN educator Chris Baer featured in Martha's Vineyard Times

With a lens on the world, articleiEARN educator Chris Baer (USA) and his work with students at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School in Massachusetts in both the iEARN One Day in the Life and Alternate Reality projects was recently featured in the Martha's Vineyard Times newspaper.  Check out the article - With a lens on the world.  In addition, Chris was also honored as Geo-Educator of the Week by National Geographic.  Read more about this recognition, and see the Featured Activity: Global Documentary Photo Exchange.


Upcoming Events

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

NDYS activitiesThe iEARN 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 2015 Natural Disaster Youth Summit will take place 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 at ​http://ndys.jearn.jp/ndys2015.html


2015 International Youth Summit in Hyogo, Japan, March 26-28

2015 International Youth Summit in HyogoThe 2015 International Youth Summit in Hyogo will be held from March 26-28, organized by iEARN-Japan (JEARN) and held in Hyogo prefecture as a 20th anniversary memorial event of the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake.  The event will take place at the Nichii Gakkan Kobe Port Island Center, Kobe Center for Overseas Migration and Cultural Interaction, Hyogo Prefecture Maiko High School. We would like to invite participants from various countries for this event.   Read more information and to register, use this registration form.


2015 iEARN Conference and Youth Summit in Brasilia, Brazil, July 26-31

iEARN 2015 Conference and Youth SummitiEARN-Brasil (Educadores Globais) will host the 2015 iEARN Conference and Youth Summit in Brasilia, Brazil, July 26-31, 2015.  Register now!

The theme of the 2015 conference is Reframing ICT: Inclusion (What if all students really felt included?), Cross-Cultural Communication (What if youth around the world communicated to engage in collaboration?), Transformation (What if every school had projects to make the world a better place to live?).

The Annual iEARN Conference and Youth Summit, held in a different country each year since 1994, is a unique opportunity for educators, students, administrators, Ministry officials, and non-profit and corporate partners, to meet and discuss how they are using technology to build global understanding and enhance teaching and learning. In addition to educator and youth led workshops, the event also features cultural excursions, cultural nights, and presentations by Ministries of Education, businesses, and educational organizations working in the field of global education and virtual exchange.

We encourage all who want to use technology to make their education programs more global to join this global gathering.  Interested in attending?  Register and pay by January 31, 2015 for the lowest rates.  Visit the conference website at www.iearn2015.org for more information  Through support of the local Rotary Club, a limited number of homestays are also available.  See http://iearn2015.org/homestay/ for more info - homestay applications due by February 26.  Follow the iEARN 2015 conference on Facebook for additional updates.  See you in Brasilia in July!

Recent Events

iEARN educator Rose Gimenes presents about iEARN Teddy Bears as "Ambassadors of Peace"

Rose GimenesWatch teacher Rose Gimenes in Brazil on LiveStream via this link (in Portuguese and at 02:53: 27 on the recording) as she presented on December 3 about her global iEARN project activities, including in the Teddy Bear Project, Adobe Youth Voices, and the upcoming 2015 iEARN Conference and Youth Summit in Brasilia, BrazilSee more info on their school blog - EMEF Presidente João Pinheiro and on Rose's blog, and watch a short video of Rose's Teddy Bear "Ambassadors of Peace" here.


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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