Childfund Connect | Global Education Resources | Videos and photostories made by children around the world

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ChildFund Connect is a global education program that connects children in communities in Australia, Laos, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste and Vietnam, with the aim of exchanging cultures and learning about each other’s lives.

Marilyn Snider‘s insight:

Child Fund Connect has a series of short films on DVD, capturing the meaning of water to children in different parts of the world. Over 700 children from Australia, Laos, Sri-Lanka, Timor-Leste and Vietnam were asked to think about what role water plays in their life, and to get creative in expressing this to other children around the world using pocket video cameras.

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Walk 4 Water – YouTube

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What is Walk 4 Water?

Walk 4 Water is WaterAid Australia’s national annual fundraising event.

The concept is simple. Register and commit to walking 10,000 steps a day for one week and raise funds to help WaterAid create a world where everyone has access to safe water.

Once registered, we’ll send you a pedometer to count your steps, a Walk 4 Water poster and tips on how to fundraise.

Walk 4 Water will be held from 17 – 21 March 2014 to coincide with World Water Day on Saturday 22 March

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Cultural Diversity Week – 15 to 23 March 2014

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The Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) is an independent statutory authority 

Global Education Project, Victoria‘s insight:

This site offers a detailed resource list and a teachers" resource kit to support the recognition of Cultural DIversity Week.  Many of the resources mentioned are available from the Global Education Project Victoria library (at GTAV) and the Language and Multicultural Education Resource Centre Victoria (LMERC). 

See on www.multicultural.vic.gov.au

Moja Island

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Moja Island is a 1-2 hour activity which will reinforce students’ understanding of renewable energy sources.

Marilyn Snider‘s insight:

Marilyn Snider’s insight:
Learners consider different energy options available to communities living on Moja Island and select the most appropriate technology. Renewable energy fact cards, a map of the island, and information on the different communities and their needs are downloadable to help them.

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Play | Inside the Haiti Earthquake | Games for Change

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Explore relief work firsthand from multiple perspectives to challenge assumptions about it.

 

Inside the Haiti Earthquake is an online simulation that allows users to experience the aftermath of Haiti’s January 2010 earthquake as a survivor, aid worker or journalist. The game is the online companion to the Inside Disaster Haiti documentary.

Inside the Haiti Earthquake is designed to challenge assumptions about relief work in disaster situations. This is not a game. Nobody is keeping score.

 

By playing the role of an aid worker, journalist and survivor, you will be given the opportunity to commit to various strategies, and experience their consequences.

See on www.gamesforchange.org

History of Farming

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2014 THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF FAMILY FARMING

The 2014 International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) aims to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farming by focusing world attention on its significant role in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas. http://www.fao.org/family-farming-2014/en/

Take a brief look at the history of farming through this infographic

Infographic by Seametrics, a manufacturer of water flow meter technology that measures and conserves water.

How could you attract the interest of your learners to the role of family farming in eradicating poverty?

Amina: Through My Eyes – the second in a powerful and moving fiction series about children living in contemporary conflict zones

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The series “Through My Eyes invites young readers to enter the fragile worlds of children living in contemporary war zones. Every day in an increasing number of countries, children are desperately trying to survive as their families and their whole way of life is destroyed by war. This new series is a tribute to such children and the themes of courage, determination, triumph and perseverance will inspire, challenge and engage young readers, creating greater cross cultural understanding and informed empathy.

Several stories set in the World Wars have been written for younger readers but very little has been published about more contemporary conflicts and those within Asian settings. War affects the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the boy or girl and these stories will appeal to all readers.” (www.throughmyeyesbooks.com.au)

Global Education Project, Victoria‘s insight:

This series is inspiring and powerful.

 

The unique cultural setting and multiplicity of contemporary global themes presented in these stories have strong relevance for the development of the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the following General Capabilities, particularly through the use of Inquiry Learning:
Intercultural understanding
Personal and social capability
Ethical understanding
Critical and creative thinking
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability

Some of the stories are set in the Asian region supporting the Cross-curriculum priority of Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia and the development of ‘Asia literacy’. The opportunity to explore country and place, people, identity and culture ensures the relevance of this text for inclusion in the Geography and History learning areas of the Australian Curriculum.

 

The website provides a range of support material for middle years teachers. 

See on throughmyeyesbooks.com.au

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Intercultural Understanding

Global education can intensify a learner’s thinking about other cultures and help shape their own identities. During studies of intercultural understanding, is it sufficient to bring resources from other places into the classroom, to read a story, to celebrate a food, flag and festival day? Without the ability to analyse thoughts, the opportunity to see multiple perspectives of an issue, the knowledge and application of critical thinking skills and philosophical debate, intercultural understanding remains shallow. A classroom where learners are explicitly taught the skills to illuminate their thinking and encouraged to offer diversity of opinion; a place where learners are supported to express new ideas and create more possibilities; where learners can proffer solutions and generate further questions, is the environment for transformative thinking. Social action through partnership and collaboration then becomes an anticipated outcome of deeper intercultural understanding. Global education fosters these capabilities.

Global Education http://www.globaleducation.edu.au
Thinking Routines http://www.visiblethinkingpz.org/
Philosophy for Children http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tk_B32HtnWg‎

Provoking Learning and a global perspective with ICT

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The VITTA (Victorian Institute of Technology Teachers Association) held their annual conference early this week. It was fascinating, inspiring, frustrating and challenging. Some of the presenters were:

Louise Duncan: Louise has been teaching in secondary schools in the Goulburn Valley of Victoria since 1988. A leading teacher at Shepparton High School since 2003, she led a team designing a new learning space and personal learning program. The use of iPod touches within this program allowed for the exploration of personal mobile devices to improve student learning. For this, she was awarded the Lindsay Thompson Fellowship in 2009. Louise is a member of the Slide2Learn team and shares her knowledge and experience nationally through a Ning and annual event. http://slidetolearn.ning.com/ and @LouiseEDuncan

Daniel Garcia – a generous secondary teacher with a passion for connected learning and global citizenship. Definitely have a look at his blog - http://theonlineclass.wordpress.com/ developed for the conference.

Nathan Jones: He’s “a passionate Primary Educator from Melbourne, Australia. He teaches Upper Primary students at an Independent School. Just recently he was selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator. His other role at school is  E-Learning Co-ordination and he teachs an Upper Primary Class that is a 1:1 iPad environment.

His website http://theipad2011.webs.com shares ideas about the iPad and 1 to 1 learning.

There is a lot to be excited about and all of the presenters provided access to new applications, new tools to engage, present, poll, share, network and collaborate. I’ve come away with lists (on Evernote :)) to refer, analyse, share and apply.

In the back of my mind I kept thinking about you, the teachers I have the privilege to work with and meet. There is a bridge that is being built between us and the near future. There are some schools that with access to resources have 1:1 ipads or tablets, netbooks or laptops and they seem to be have built their bridges wider or longer then yours. Many of the presenters reinforced that the decisions they were making in how they and their students were using technology to provoke learning was to do with their school / community context. 1:1 ipads may not be the right fit for you or your students. Marc Prensky a Tech commentator reinforced last year that it’s important to spend the time to ask the students “if we had iPads how would our learning have been changed?” Many teachers are using technology but they are simply substituting the pen for a tablet word document.

Sylvia Tolisano has some wonderful criteria’s / rubrics for analysing how to choose App’s for learning, http://www.langwitches.org/

While I was looking at Louise Duncan’s Slide to Learn website I came across Wayan Vota who presented at their 2011 conference.

Wayan is a technology expert focused on using appropriate information and communication technologies (ICT) to accelerate the social and economic advancement of the developing world. His presentation provided me with a global perspective on technology in education.

I would be really interested in hearing what you think about the challenges and perspective you have after watching it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=4u7_MjGwvZI#at=135

The way we communicate with each is going to continue to change. I am excited by the learning opportunities that we and our students have that has the capacity to bring us closer together as humans. We can share, collaborate, problem solve and help each other make the world a better place for everyone.

ICT helps us not only to provoke but to unveil opportunities for hope.

Shahana: Through My Eyes by Rosanne Hawke

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The first book in a powerful and moving fiction series about children living in contemporary conflict zones. Shahana lives alone with her young brother in th…

Global Education Project, Victoria‘s insight:

Shahana is the first of a series of books for readers from 11-15 called Through My Eyes.  Each of the books is about children living in war zones. This novel, set in Kashmir, portrays the emotions and the resourcefulness of children affected by war and may elicit some understanding of why people seek to move from one country to another under these circumstances.

 

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