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A collection of inspiring stories about students and teachers making a difference in the world. May they move you to action!

Project Name

Details of the Project

Tools Enriching the Experience

184 Days of Learning-Day 37

  • Each school day one individual (administrator, teacher, student) from one school in the Parkland School Division posts a 250 word submission answering the question "What did you learn today?"

  • This post was written by a high school student, Diana, who reflects on the inspiration she gained by listening to a presentation from Amanda Lindhout (held hostage in Somalia)

  • Blogging was the format for sharing the story.

  • In-school presentation was the vehicle for inspiration

Sydney Boys High School Gender Equality Action Project

  • Through the High Resolves Initiatives project a group of Year 10 boys developed a gender equality action project

  • The first video shares the process they went through, how they are spreading the awareness, and their passion for making a difference

  • The second video, "Turn Things Around", they created to illustrate the power of changing perspectives

  • Connecting with peers to share the message through videos and in-school presentations

Connected by a Book

  • Mrs. Ripp shares her class' adventures while participating in The Global Read Aloud Project

  • Successes include exposure to new web tools, connecting beyond the classroom, and opportunities to share their ideas to a larger audience

  • Shared their learning by creating character Vokis, Wallwisher and Voicethread predictions, Animoto videos displaying illustrations, and Tagsxedo word clouds

  • Posted on The Global Read Aloud Wiki

Big Little Classrooms

  • Anne Merchant shares the many ways her students in a small town in Australia are connecting and learning with people all over the world

  • In this video Anne explains the many people her students interact with as a means of enhancing and enriching their learning while also expanding their understanding of the world

  • Tools used to connect include email, video conferencing, Twitter

The Impact of QuadBlogging

  • Miss B's class in Quebec reflects on their experiences QuadBlogging

  • Creative ways to connect with other classrooms around the world through blogging

  • Their classroom blog houses even more examples

  • Blogging

  • Online surveys

  • Skype

  • Video sharing

  • Podcasting

The Gandhi Way

  • "The Gandhi Way: Engaging Youth in Global Citizenship, is an educational project in partnership between the Canadian International Development Agency, World Literacy Canada and the Toronto District School Board"

  • This project fosters global citizenship using Mahatma Gandhi’s life as inspiration

  • One outcome of the project was the creation of a children’s storybook Gandhi’s Glasses

  • Fifteen inner city Toronto elementary schools consisting of about 300 students and 15 teachers wrote and illustrated the book

  • Art

  • Writing

  • Shared journey through video and creation of a book (available in PDF)

Leadership Kids

  • Grade 7 leadership students raising money to build a school in a developing country

  • Early stages of the project, students are currently creating blog posts explaining the country they feel should be the focus of their fund raising efforts

  • Blog

  • Social media

Slavery Still Exists

  • Teacher Shelley Wright's Grade 11 English class in Moose Jaw have a goal: spread the word that slavery still exists

  • "The message is simple, but it seems almost no one actually realizes that we are not only a part of, but in fact the cause for modern-day slavery; we are the consumers"

  • Blog

  • Videos posted to YouTube

Inspiring Writers with QuadBlogging

  • Teacher Sheri Edward from Nespelem, WA discusses the power of QuadBlogging to connect, inspire, inform and share

  • Blog

  • Bitstrips

  • Wordle

  • Google Docs

  • Google Presentations


  • "A global project to help students see the world through a new lens"

  • Created by 4 teachers: Josh Stumpenhorst, Jeremy Macdonald, Kristina Peters and Josh Allen

  • Students participate by taking a picture of themselves in a favorite or meaningful location wearing the Collaboreyes sunglasses

  • Students also submit a short story with their photograph explaining why they selected the particular location

  • Join in by completing the Collaboreyes Participation Form

  • Blog

  • Photographs

  • #collaboreyes on Twitter

  • Skype

  • Google Hangout

  • iChat