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Project 1

Title: International Intercultural Mural Exchange (IIME)

Summary
IIME is a project where students of two schools of distant countries learn interactively by using ICT and create one big mural by drawing half on the canvas to express their collaborative learning in a visual way.

Description
IIME has been an international collaborative learning program of ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) encouraged by UNESCO since May 2014. The aim is to raise the future generation who understand diverse cultures and collaborate with different people so as to make sustainable peace world. The students learn interactively on global topics on the blog, exchange and share each research, opinions, and ideas and then express what they have learned in a visible way of creating one mural by drawing halves of a canvas. This is an international collaborative learning program as long as seven month and the outcome is a joint-painted mural. It is rather a high level exchange and is not always easy to reach the goal. Then JAM provides the following support.

  • Find a partner school in some global networks.
  • Provide Exchange Curriculum Model as guidance for teachers.
  • Set up mailing lists to guide and support teachers.
  • Set up IIME Forum as an interactive communication tool.
  • Watch progress of each pair on the forum and by monthly reports and give them timely support in necessary.
  • Offer participant schools a special set of a canvas and paints for mural painting.
  • Ask teachers for the final report and questionnaire at the end of the project and analyzes them every year to improve the project.
  • Keep the murals and exhibit them inside Japan and in the world.

Languages
English

Student Age Levels
5-11 (Primary), 12-14 (Middle), 15-18 (Secondary)

Possible classroom activities
Classrom Activity: [Sep] INTRODUCTION: introduce each student, school and local culture [Oct] RESEARCH: research on a common theme and share the research [Nov] COMPOSITION: compose mural design, decide which part to draw [Nov-Dec] PAINTING-1: paint one half in Japan and send the canvas to the partner [Jan-Feb] PAINTING-2: paint the other half in the other country and send the completed mural back to the Japanese school [Mar] APPRECIATION: appreciate the mural and reflect the whole activity. The students will develop the following skills.

  • Deepen understanding of diverse cultures as well as recognition of their own cultures.
  • Develop communication skills in English and ICT skills.
  • Heighten awareness of global issues.
  • Heighten expression and appreciation ability.
  • Achieve confidence in international collaboration.

Expected outcomes
The product as an outcome of collaborative learning is a mural, a big painting of 1.5m by 3.6m, hold exhibitions. Group contributions to others on the planet:

  • IIME experience will be the base of international collaboration when the children grow up to work with people with different cultural background in the world.
  • The students will achieve the confidence that they can think and solve various global issues with the same genaration using international networks in the future.
  • Pure friendship built in IIME among the children can be power of making a difference for a sustainable peace world. Trustful relation of person to person will lead to trustful relation of nation to nation.

Curriculum area
IT, language, art, social studies, history, geography, etc.

2

Title: Heritage around the World

Summary
Sharing our Heritage to act together to keep it for the next generations.

Description
Pupils and their teachers can deal with any topic they think is worth talking about concerning their country heritage. The Heritage can include architecture, stories, tales, oral traditions, dances, music, instruments, crafts, endangered species, endangered water reserves, climate changes experienced during our lifetime, and any other topics of interest.

Languages
French, English

Student Age Levels
5-11 (Primary), 12-14 (Middle), 15-18 (Secondary)

Possible classroom activities
Videos, blogs,audio documents, use of online tools. (iEARN Collaboration Centre, web 2.0 tools, etc), Magazines (issuu site or with whatever the pupils can have access to), Video conference (skype), Social Networks: Facebook, Twitter, When a class can’t have access to the internet, the teacher will prepare and download work .

Expected outcomes
Blog or website, Exhibition, Magazine

Group contributions to others and/or the planet:
In keeping with the UNESCO Millennium Goals.

Curriculum area
Humanities; World Heritage

3

Title: Heart to Heart

Summary
Heart to Heart is a project that promotes friendship around the world.It is a project that involves writing.

Description
Heart To Heart is a globally friendly project. Students share their feelings / emotions and participate in different themes monthly. Each month a new theme is posted and students respond, post pictures, make videos, participate in videoconferences, and write about that theme in the project forum.

Languages
English

Student Age Levels
5-11 (Primary), 12-14 (Middle), 15-18 (Secondary)

Possible classroom activities
Searching for appropriate literature, reading and writing texts, taking interview and photo; handmade toys, writing essays, making video conferences. Teachers can feel free to do own schedule and activities, but it will be great to share with others by blog, wiki pages or web site.

Expected outcomes
books, video, video conferences, parcels exchanges, exchange programs, festivals

Group contributions to others and/or the planet:
Promotion the Global Friendship, Peace and Tolerance. Let people around the world understand we've got lots in common: feelings, emotions and values of life.

Curriculum area
Arts, International Studies/Global Issues, Language Arts/Reading/Writing

4

Title: Give Us Wings to Fly

Summary
Share your daily life and culture with others.

Description
In this project we want to highlight the idea of how our students spend their vacation in India and to share this experience with the students around the world. In addition, we would like to know how others spend their summer vacation. Also we want to encourage students to be able to discuss their way of living. We want to show the world images of India and to give the right impression about our land and people.

Languages
English

Student Age Levels
12-14 (Middle), 15-18 (Secondary)

Expected outcomes
discussion and possible booklet and website

Group contributions to others and/or the planet:
better understanding of different experiences

5

Title: Girls Rising Project

Summary
Learn about the importance of equal rights and education for girls in the world.

Description

  • Participants are encouraged to watch "Girl Rising" (or excerpted chapters at: Nepal Chapter http://youtu.be/Hk2Q7WLzn0s and Peru Chapter http://youtu.be/7P6nL7PXILw if the full DVD is not available) and, then have their students share their reflections after watching it by posting to the Girls Rising forum on School International Blog.
  • As part of their discussions with other classes, students are encouraged to share ideas about what they can do to make the situation of girls in the world and in their own country better.
  • Where possible, participants are invited to arrange Skype conferences and share their own learning and learn from each other.

Languages
English

Student Age Levels
12-14 (Middle), 15-18 (Secondary)

Possible classroom activities

  • to watch "Girl Rising" Movie
  • Share students' reflections in class
  • Post their reflections on International School Blog(The section of Girls Rising)
  • Discuss what they can do to make the situation better in class
  • Video Conference
  • Post the outcome from the conference (Making a video or a powerpoint)

Expected outcomes
Make a joint video or powerpoint presentation

Group contributions to others and/or the planet:
Spreading the mutual understanding of the importance of girls' education

Related links
http://girlrising.com/ http://girlrising.pearsonfoundation.org/

6

Future Citizen Project

Summary
The project that develops youth who will use their leadership skills in their local community and globally.

Description
The Future Citizen project focuses on rights and duties of the citizen, tolerance and freedom, civic responsibilities and engagement. Between September and May, students will research laws, elections, and governmental systems in their own country as well as complete a service learning project such as a voter registration drive, volunteering for a candidate, volunteering at the polls, or writing letters to government officials about important community issues. Students will monitor the international press for reports on human rights and election results. Students will create a documentary of their work in a photo journal, video tape, or multimedia presentation. This work will be shared in the forum and on a project website.

Languages
English

Student Age Levels
12-14 (Middle), 15-18 (Secondary)

Dates
October
June

Expected outcomes
Students are involved in problem solving in their communities by taking part in research, group discussions, field experiences, meetings, video conferencing, letter writing, and cre ating multimedia presentations.

Group contributions to others and/or the planet:
Students who will engage and in building a civil society, safe, and peaceful world.

Curriculum area
Student learning objectives include:

  • Learns and participates in the diplomatic process of consensus building and open debate and discussion.
  • Identifies and considers major concerns facing the local and global community.
  • Recognizes the political forms in existence locally and globally.
  • Shows an understanding that citizenship in a nation includes both responsibilities and rights.
  • Identifies alternative methods of conflict resolution and applies to appropriate situations.
  • Describes and exhibits characteristics of good citizenship skills. Organizes and participates in community activities

7

Learning Circle Child Rights 2015

Project Base
"When the children are well, the world goes well."This is said by Herman van Veen, patron of Lot's foundation. He was there, when 25 years ago the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was signed.

Project Summary:
In the Learning Circles, we work together with Lot's Foundation and with many other organisations working worldwide to make children aware of Children's Rights. Sharing stories of children during learnt during your travel in the world. Are you a curious traveler so join us on Child Rights Project on Learning Circle. You’ll discover that you can make your voice heard, together with children from different countries. Children’s Rights don’t make all your wishes or dreams come true; they exist to make it possible for each child to have a good life. The 194 countries that signed the treaty are obliged to respect these rights. But this not happening in real life. Therefore, it is necessary to collaborate and learn about Children’s Rights together!

8

Title: World Youth News

Summary
A global news service run by students.

Description
World Youth News (WYN) is a journalism project in which secondary school students from around the world report, edit and publish their articles on a news site. Adhering to the highest journalistic standards, they select the issues to be reported on, Any school can reprint articles from World Youth News to add a global component to their local publications. With an emphasis on unbiased reporting and respect for a diversity of views, World Youth News hopes to not only develop journalistic skills among students but also broaden cross-cultural understanding and provide an important global youth perspective.

Languages
English

Student Age Levels
15-18 (Secondary)

Expected outcomes
Students will be able to get their stories published on the World Youth News website and blog. School newspapers will be able to republish these articles to add an international component to their papers. The articles will also be provided to mainstream publications on a subscription basis.

Group contributions to others and/or the planet:
This project aims to take students beyond becoming media literate into becoming international news correspondents.

9

Title: Wall of Names

Summary
The project is designed to support student self-expression using various artistic devices and to teach them to cherish intercultural exchanges.

Description
The main idea of the project is to support student self-expression using various artistic devices which help to convey the origin and meaning of names of different countries. When a group of participants from one school, class or group is formed, a topical youth phrase (slogan) or word is created using only one letter from each participant‘s name. The phrase can be English or in the national language with English translation. A joint digital wall of names made of separate details will then be created. The final result of the project will be a book called, "The Wall of Names.“ Languages used can be ANY (with English translation). After the wall of names of different countries has been created, students analyse slogans, descriptions of names, try to find cultural similarities. Participants take part in a discussion – intercultural exchange in the forum. They learn to tolerate and respect the cultural heritage of other nations as well as cherish their own.

Languages
English

Student Age Levels
5-11 (Primary), 12-14 (Middle), 15-18 (Secondary)

Possible classroom activities
The topical youth phrase (slogan) can be discussed in a national language (or history) class. Students search the web in IT class to find out the origin of their names and exchange the information. Participants create an introduction of their own names (separate details of the "Wall“) in a class of art (drawing, painting, making letters from clay, etc.) or IT ( using the chosen program for graphics) or technologies (cut out of paper, sew letters, make a letter from wood, etc). Students take pictures of their creations in a lesson of photography (or art). Participants exchange information with project partners on the blog during English, IT or history classes. Students exhibit their topical phrase on a wall in their school and take a picture of it for the project website. (art class)

Expected outcomes
Joint digital wall of names made of separate details at the blog named "The Wall of Names.“

Group contributions to others and/or the planet:
After the wall of names of different countries has been created, students analyse slogans, descriptions of names, try to find cultural similarities. Participants take part in a discussion – intercultural exchange in the forum. They learn to tolerate and respect the cultural heritage of other nations as well as cherish their own.

Curriculum area
Language Arts, Arts, Geography, Global Studies

10

Title: UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Summary
Students study the heritage in their country and teach each other, then they make guided tours to a place in their country.

Description
Students will explore about the heritage of their country. In the forum they will present their country and Unesco heritage place, it's history, the tales about this place, its meaning in their country's and the world's history. Photo and drawing can be sent to the web page gallery. Students are encouraged to ask each others about heritage places in their country. If it is desired partners can be arranged with another school. At the end of researching, students will take a trip to this Heritage place and make a little exploration at the place, take photos and upload it on the web page gallery. Also students can make the exhibition of the photos and drawing of this place, write the literature issues and science article about this place, explore the influence of this place on their country and worlds life. Making this project student's will improve their skills in many subject, in history (studying the history of the place), geography and language (reading in the forum the stories about the heritage places in other countries), drawing and writing etc.

Languages
English

Student Age Levels
5-11 (Primary), 12-14 (Middle), 15-18 (Secondary)

Expected outcomes

  • Students will enlarge their knowledge about the Unesco heritage places around the world
  • Students will have contact with the students around the world by the project forum
  • Students will improve their skills in various subjects (history, geography, literature, art, ....)
  • Students will prepare a guided tour in their country

Group contributions for the planet
Students will realise the meaning of heritage places for the world civilisation, and will take care of heritage places in their country.

11

Title: The Teddy Bear Project

Summary
An international teddy bear exchange using email and/or web forums.

Description
This project aims to foster tolerance and understanding of cultures other than your own. After teachers register, the facilitator matches you with a partner class. Once paired, classes send each other a Teddy Bear or other soft toy by airmail through the normal postal system. The students write the diary messages as if they are the visiting bear describing its experiences in the new culture. Registration is important to find a partner, even after matching your partner needs to contact you. Especially include the correct e-mail address, phone number, postal address. A typo can cause a trouble which will take extra time to start TBP between eager teachers. PLEASE NOTE: This project involves postal mailings, so participants are encouraged to plan ahead to estimate whether associated costs are within their budget. Please follow these guidelines for posting your registrations:

  • Post your registrations to the appropriate age folders
  • Use the " Add a Topic" button to add your registration in the age appropriate folder. For example: navigate into the folder: Registration age 5
  • 7, and then at the bottom of the page, click "Add a Topic"

Languages
English

Student Age Levels
5-11 (Primary), 12-14 (Middle), 15-18 (Secondary)

Expected outcomes
Many schools will develop web pages demonstrating their participation in the project, including the children's art work.

Group contributions to others and/or the planet:
This project is designed to fostering tolerance, understanding and to assist in the break down of cultural barriers.

12

Title: Side by Side

Summary
Students create elongated portraits of themselves with symbols of their past, present, and future.

Description
Side By Side celebrates the unique individuality of each of your students through art as they produce elongated self-portraits on paper approximately 8 x 36 inches. This is a terrific way to start your school year because you will get to know a lot about your students as they create self-portraits that include symbols about their past, present, and future. After your class has created self-portraits, hang them all side by side to represent the way that many individuals can come together to create a better world. Work may be done in crayon (push very hard for rich colors.), cray-pas (oil pastels) or paints of any kind. We invite you to send a selection of up to 10 portraits to our international collection, which will be displayed at several locations throughout the year. Selected works will be displayed on an online gallery via blog. Poetry and or paragraphs can be included with artwork.

Languages
English

Student Age Levels
5-11 (Primary)

Expected outcomes
When displayed Side by Side at your school you will find a sense of enthusiasm and community developing.

Group contributions to others and/or the planet:
When displayed internationally there is a sense of awe in the idea of children coming together for a common cause.

13

Title: School Uniform Exchange (SUE)

Summary
Students talk about their school uniform tokens, histories, inner cultures, and exchange school activities.

Description
Students are encouraged to explore the identity of their own schools. The themes for the various months include: values of global issue exchange, school and cultural explorations, uniform exchange ( if the school provides, not compulsory ), activities sharing, forum discussion, and video conferences. Students can write school uniform diary, or create their own digital virtual uniforms with a specific school symbol or spirit. Most of all, there’s a group of partner schools instead of one, like Rishikul SUE Union took care of the global guest schools

Languages
English

Student Age Levels
12-14 (Middle), 15-18 (Secondary)

Possible classroom activities
Research, discussions, writing reports, drawings, videos, photos, animation, audio, storytelling, Power Point presentations, video-conferencing, blogs, my space.

Expected outcomes
Word Art, power point presentation, booklet, blogs, discussion on the forum.

Group contributions to others and/or the planet:
Cultural exchange and the communication among students from all over the world. We want to help our students realize the importance of their value and the spirit of their school, country and share with others their inner exploration.

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