Hello Thomas. I have thought about your idea and think it is a good one. I would be willing to help put something together.
Here is my proposal: we invite all teachers to participate in a new Classroom 2.0 organized Social Action Project. Each year (or every semester, allowing 2x year), we choose one topic, meaning a hot-button social issue, and we create an Action Plan for schools to:
I will create an Action Plan for this coming school year based on our first issue, which will be malnutrition. This is an easy topic for children to understand as it appeals to their most basic need in the world and every kid can understand and empathize with people that don’t have enough food to eat. Furthermore, I will partner up with non-profits in Guatemala that are effectively addressing this issue, saving the lives of malnourished babies. I already have a school there (the American School of Antigua) that will be carrying out ASAC’s Social Action Strategy Plan so they will be able to deliver financial donations schools are able to raise. My non-profit Cause & Affect also works there year-round so my assistant (my mother) will also be able to work directly with the non-profits there to help deliver funds, etc. I can draft an Action Plan wherein every grade can play a role. Ideally, the plan is centered around a final presentation or assembly in which each grade will give a presentation based on their level. The school in Guatemala can also provide a video showing where the money went that can be shown as part of the assembly or just to the classes that have assisted. This will be on YouTube and can be viewed anywhere.
We can use as much technology as possible, using resources such as tigED and other resources. We can also interact with other schools to see how they are addressing the issue, raising money etc. The school in Guatemala can also give updates from the field. I will pass this proposal along to Steve Hargadon as well - maybe he will be interested in making it a reality.
What are your thoughts?
I encourage you to review the work being done by Mikva Challenge, the HIVE Learning Network and the Why News Matters projects in Chicago. Then review ideas suggested in this blog article and this PDF essay.
Youth could not only become advocates for social issues, they can lead on-going campaigns that draw attention to issues in their own neighborhoods, or in high poverty neighborhoods. And they could draw needed resources (talent, dollars, technology, volunteers) into neighborhoods based on the needs that exist. If educators begin coaching this process as kids come into middle school kids can become technology competent, skills at communicating, advertising and network building, and can leave formal schooling with a set of skills and knowledge that most of our adult leaders don't yet have.
As you and others pursue this idea, I encourage you to create MOOCs like the ETMOOC held in Jan-March 2013, to share your ideas and projects with each other and to encourage other schools to join you.
yes but after the summer vacations when my students will report back in September
Hi everyone. I am Dorothy Hastings. Looking to connect with like-minded people. You can check out our website here..
Hi, my name is Sharon Thompson. I am a kindergarten teacher in Little Rock, Arkansas. I am new to Classroom 2.0 so I have a lot of exploring to do to familiarize myself with the site. I am excited about what I've seen thus far.
Right now I live in Quito, Ecuador (great country) although I am Italian. I did all my studies in the US (BS through PhD).
I specialized in e-Learning; I even built a legal, totally on line high school - http://cvi.edu.ec - (in Spanish) for young adults that live in the Region with an economy of subsistence, free of charge; the only requirement is quality in their performance. The School belongs to a Foundation (NGO) - http://fuvia.org - not for profit I organized back in 2002 after following one year of on line courses at U. of Wisconsin, Madison, just after my arrival to Quito while working at a local university.
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