We are approaching the end of the Global Learning Circles Project on Global Issues:Environment. I would like to express my gratitude to my students as well as students from Pakistan, USA and Saudi Arabia for their diligence and energy shown in this collaborative project and I would like to share with all the viewers the meaningful contributions made by all the students to this great International Project.
Here is the final Presentation on our Civic Engagement Project: Tap Water in Moldova, the goal of which is bringing awareness to the importance of water conservation and improve access to clean water all over the world. It represents our Advocacy for Clean Water in any area we live in order to:
The vital question we were driven by to tackle the issue of clean water was:
The school from Pakistan made their own great contribution to our Project Idea. Have a look at the presentation below and learn about Tap Water in this country.
Here is the tremendous input on our Project idea made by University Preparatory from USA, Seattle.
Here is an inspiring presentation on "Tap Water in Dubai" made in Powtoon cartoon maker by the students from Jubail International School, Saudi Arabia.
See the second valuable contribution on "Tap Water" made by Jubail International School, Saudi Arabia.
Have a look at the amazing presentation on "Tap Water" below made by Mott Hall Bronx High School, USA.
Below you can see the Projects that my students worked on collaboratively in order to tackle global issues suggested by different partner schools from around the world.
Watch the wonderful video contribution brought to Pakistan's Project Idea on "Food Storage around the World"
Another meaningful work elaborated by one of my students which adds up to the Project Idea "Safe Environment, Safe Children" put forward by USA -Mott Hall Bronx High School.
The following Presentation is an authentic contribution to the Saudi Arabia Project Idea "Weather changes around us".
Water is vital to keep our body healthy. It is the essence of our lives. We need it daily and we use it daily, but we seldom think about the fact that it goes through a complex process and changes before it gets treated and disinfected into our taps and to our homes.
Watch the video below to learn about the long journey of water from the source to our tap in Pennsylvania.
Post a comment below answering the following questions:
As it was mentioned earlier, we are going to undertake the issue of tap water in our country in this Global Project and we will try to find out as many details as possible to address this issue. In the end, we will make an attempt to work out a few solutions to raise awareness among the local authorities about drinking water quality improvement and availability all around the regions of Moldova.
Before we learn how we get tap water to our homes, let us learn a few facts about water importance, consumption and its use.
Watch the video below to learn fascinating facts about clean water crisis and its access in the world. After you have watched this short film, answer the following questions and post a comment below the post:
Dear students, since your answers are supposed to be the same I have decided to divide the questions among you. Consequently, the following students are going to give answers to the respective question below:
1) Mary answers Question 1 and 2;
2) Doina answers Question 3;
3) Danny answers Question 4;
4) Gabi answers Question 5;
5) Catalina answers Question 6.
So far, let us have a look at the following infographic guide to the safe and unsafe tap water to find out if you need to stock up on bottled water in case you decide to travel abroad.
The study was carried out by the Agency of Design NeoMam and the data used in the research was provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from the United States.
Having examined the guide above,
Now it is time for us to discuss our Project Idea on Global Issues: Environment.
Have a look at the following Project Idea on Tap Water below. We are going to collaboratively work on this idea together with our international partners and make an interesting presentation tackling this vital global issue.
As we have agreed, the questions in the project idea below are going to be divided among the students, so that we can all contribute with our ideas to this project.
As you could see in the document below, there are 8 important questions to answer. The following students will work on the following questions:
3. Where does tap water come from in your area? Specify the sources/origins of the incoming tap water.
4. How can you understand that tap water is not safe to drink? Mention the taste/smell/ appearance.
5. Who can you object to in your region in case you find something wrong about the tap water supplied to your home?
6. What should water be tested for? Who is responsible for water treatment services in your area?
7.Can tap water pose threat to our health? Point out the risks of infection population might be exposed to and the health problems it might cause.
All the students have to give an answer to the Question 8, by suggesting 1 or 2 specific ideas to address this issue.
8.What policies/actions can you suggest in order to protect the water sources and to get access to proper sanitation of tap water? How can we monitor the adequate work of tap water providers? Propose a few specific ideas and mention who can help us handle this vital people’s right and commodity.
You are going to choose a digital tool you would like to make the presentation in. It can be : Movenote, Voicethread, Powtoon cartoon maker, Utellstory or Animoto video maker. You can find the tutorials for these tools on Teacher's Guide Page.
Below you can see the Environment Project Ideas proposed by our members from different countries. You can join any of these Projects in order to contribute to your global peers' final work.
Important! Please review the following ideas on different global issues and write in the comments at the bottom of this post which Project Idea you find interesting and would like to be part of together with your global peers.
Saudi Arabia- Jubail International School (Girls Section)
Saudi Arabia- Jubail International School (Boys Section)
Pakistan -BVS Parsi High School
Moldova- Lyceum "Mihai Eminescu" Floresti
USA -Mott Hall Bronx High School
USA- University Preparatory, Seattle
Dear students, now that you have learned more about the iEARN Community and the endless variety of Projects it provides, we can start working and implementing the real-world project Global issues: Environment within Global Learning Circles.
This kind of projects will help you build “real world” skills, such as
We are going to work on the same theme-based project for about four months. During the allocated time both teachers and students from around the world are going to introduce themselves, exchange classroom surveys about their schools and communities, share welcome packages via postmail, develop a Project Idea that would tackle a specific environmental issue, swap ideas and opinions in the Student Forum and finally create an authentic work, using digital tools, which will be published on the official website in the section Final Learning Circles Publication. At the end of the Project all the participants get International Certificates of Excellence for the valuable contribution to the iEARN mission of changing the world for the better.
Here is the Learning Circle Timeline January-May 2016.
We are already halfway through our project. All the schools have submitted their classroom surveys which are a great source of intercultural understanding and help us prepare for the cross-cultural collaboration.
Before you engage in online dialogue with your global peers, make sure that you read the information in the post about Digital Citizenship on Student Page and learn why it is important to be a good digital citizen and work in a safe and supportive online environment. Don't forget to post a comment to that post,please.
Have a look at the useful information below to learn about the non-visible aspects of culture, the misinterpretation of which may affect online communication between global peers.