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iEARN Newsflash, Special Edition May 2020

 

iEARN Special Events & Celebrations

Wednesdays with the World Webinar
iEARN International Book Club Mini-Lesson
May 6th at 1:00 pm ET

We are often asked, “Where are you from?” Join us to think about a sensory response to that question that really shows others where you are from. After reading "Where Are You From?," a picture book written by Yamile Saied Mendez, all participants in this webinar will then be invited to write their own poems and post them on the International Book Club forum. To learn more about the International Book Club: Getting Readers Connected project, visit it in the iEARN Collaboration Centre

TO REGISTER for the "International Book Club" mini-lesson webinar, CLICK HERE. 

iEARN-USA's "Wednesdays with the World" Webinar Series has been going strong, with teachers and other participants joining from all over the world every week. These hour-long webinars have taken the form both of a mini-lesson, where an iEARN Project Facilitator guides participants in activities from an iEARN project, followed by a brief section with tips for online learning; and a roundtable, where participants engage in discussion on topics, such as best practices for online teaching and learning. All webinars are recorded and shared following the events. To view the recordings of previous webinars and to REGISTER for upcoming ones, CLICK HERE.
 

iEARN Virtual Project Exhibition on May 21st - Save the Date!

Please save the date of May 21st to join us for the iEARN Virtual Project Exhibition, where students and educators around the world will be presenting their iEARN project work and outcomes to a global audience!

Details about the timing of the event and a registration link will be shared in an upcoming email to all.

iEARN-Latina Video Editing Webinars

On April 19th, iEARN-Latina held a webinar on video editing. The meeting included a discussion on how to use video editing projects, networking, Stop Motion and editing with Animoto, as well as presentations on resources to record and organize educational evidence by Albert Correa from Catalunya and Dominic Borba from Uruguay. Teachers from Argentina, Catalunya, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Uruguay participated. To view the recording, click here. Another videoconference will be held on May 2nd. To learn more, click here.

iEARN Project Outcomes

Ten Kindergarten classes at Naša Radost, a school in Subotica, Serbia were active in the Water is Life project prior to the COVID-19 outbreak and have continued  participating from home, with parents now guiding the children, along with their teachers. Below are some photos of the students' inspiring work. To view more and leave messages for them, visit this post in the Teachers Forum

To learn more about the Water is Life Project, visit it in the iEARN Collaboration Centre.

Water is Life &
Earth Stewardship Projects

Sixth-grade students at St. Thomas the Apostle School in Illinois, U.S. have also been busy at work on the Water is Life project this year, as well as the Earth Stewardship project. As part of their project activities, they have experimented with soil and researched more sustainable forms of agriculture. Two of these students, Flynn and Alayna, wrote about the incredible work they and their global peers have engaged in to find solutions to environmental problems. Additionally, they discussed the impact of COVID-19 on them and their communities. Read their story here.

To learn more about the Earth Stewardship Project, visit it in the iEARN Collaboration Centre.

iEARN Post-Project Surveys 
Please Participate as you Complete your Projects!

If your class participated in an iEARN project this school year, and especially if you and your students completed an iEARN Pre-Project Survey, we would be so grateful if your students and you completed a brief iEARN Post-Project Survey in support of our evaluation efforts. Below, please find the links to access the surveys, and thank you in advance for your and your students’ participation!

iEARN Student Post-Project Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/iearnstudent

iEARN Educator Post-Project Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/iearneducator

Resources, Opportunities & Tips

Below, find resources to support educators during COVID-19:

National Geographic: Explorer Classroom
  • Explorer Classroom’s live video events connect students with National Geographic Explorers across all seven continents to bring exploration to life.
ISTE: 10 strategies for online learning during a coronavirus outbreak
  • These strategies include ideas from educators from around the world, many of whom have already been teaching during coronavirus closures.
New York Times: Coronavirus Resources: Teaching, Learning and Thinking Critically
  • The New York Times has put together a page that they will continue to update to help teachers and students find resources and more during school closures.
Google: Teach from Home Resources
  • A temporary hub of information and tools to help teachers during the coronavirus crisis
Edutopia: Teaching Through a Pandemic: A Mindset for This Moment
  • Hundreds of teachers, many of them operating in countries where teach-from-home has been in place for weeks, weigh in on the mental approach you need to stay grounded in this difficult time.
Edutopia: How to Make Effective Videos for Learning
  • Instructional videos can help students learn at their own pace and free up time for teachers to support students individually.
Edutopia: Formative Assessment in Distance Learning
  • Formative assessment at a distance is challenging but possible. Here are some ideas to consider.
Scholastic: Learn at Home 
  • Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing

hundrED: Proactive Measures In Education During The Coronavirus Pandemic 
  • Examples of global ed resources and best practices and how to use them at home

Please share these resources with your education community!

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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