Thursday, 23 January 2014

SA teachers – get involved in Learning Circles: closing date 29 January 2014

 
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What are Learning Circles?
Learning Circles are highly interactive, project-based partnerships among a small number of schools located throughout the world. The website is very informative http://collaborate.iearn.org/space-17. Learning Circles provide a great structure for educators, both those new to global project-based learning and those with experience already, and also come with a comprehensive Teachers Guide ( more info here - http://www.iearn.org/circles ). 

There are two sessions each year, September - January and January - May. The next session begins January 30, 2014, and ends on May 30, 2014 (15 weeks with a 1-week break in April). Learning Circle Placement forms are due on January 29, 2014.

Registration deadline
Learning Circles has extended the deadline for registration for the January-May session of iEARN Global Learning Circles until Jan 29 to accommodate an additional number of Learning Circle options being offered.  More info here: http://collaborate.iearn.org/space-17

Additional themes being offered this session include:
Money Matters: A comparative international exploration about the role, value, significance, and history of money in each participating country.  Through creative writing, art, and project work, students will collaboratively investigate how money affects our lives.

My City and City: A social, cultural and environmental project that encourages students to explore what they can do to improve their life in the place they live, so they can be active members of their communities.

My Hero Multimedia: An advanced level mulitmedia project for teachers and students who are interested in putting the principles of the My Hero project into action. Students and teachers will explore the use of the My Hero multi-media page.  Several training sessions about making a short film will be offered.

Global Issues: Environment: Allows students to discuss a broad range of environmental social, political, and economic issues with concern and affect the Earth's entire population.

Global Issues: Education: Encourages students to investigate education as a fundamental human right as well as the broad range of issues regarding education throughout the world.

The traditional project themes of Computer Chronicles, Places and Perspectives, Mindworks, and My Hero will also be offered for all age levels (elementary, middle, and high school).

The upcoming session begins January 30, 2014, and ends on May 25, 2014 (15 weeks with a 1-week break in April). 

Get started with Learning Circles
Learning Circle Placement forms are now due January 29, 2014.  In order to participate in Learning Circles, teachers need to be registered in iEARN, and then fill out a special online Learning Circles placement form -http://collaborate.iearn.org/space-17

Contact details for further questions

For more information about iEARN Learning Circles, including Frequently Asked Questions, seewww.iearn.org/circles.  A Learning Circles Teachers Guide is available to help educators organize their participation. Feel free to be in touch with Lisa Jobson ljobson@us.iearn.org or Barry Kramer at bskramer48@hotmail.com if you  have any questions about registering for a Learning Circle! 

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