Outfitting Schools (SOS) Project
Ages: 5 to 18
Facilitator: Kristi Rennebohm Franz,
Contact: For more information about
participating in this or other iEARN projects, write
or see http://collaborate.iearn.org/space-2
It Takes Many Villages to Build a
World: Habits of Community
© Copyright 1999. Written by
participants in iEARN (International Education and Resource
Network) for the The International Bank for Reconstruction
and Development/The World Bank.
- We see ourselves as contributing members of many
communities - including a global community.
- We want to respond to both local and global needs.
- We believe in teaching people how to fish instead
of giving them fish.
- We take responsibility for our own learning and
the learning of our community.
- We accept each person where he or she is.
- We respect each individual, community and culture
and adapt ourselves, our methods and our technology
to honor who they are.
- We learn to celebrate the small steps in our learning.
- We understand all students come to school with a
culture, with knowledge, with unique gifts of individuality,
and with contributions to make to the learning community.
- We understand that learning makes a difference
in the world, and therefore the learning process includes
making differences with what we are coming to know.
- We understand that we - both teachers and students
- are all learners together. We ourselves and our
communities thrive when we have opportunities to share
what we are learning.
Among the first steps in developing
a vision for your classroom's participation in iEARN
is to reflect on your existing classroom objectives
and related educational standards. As with any
use of technology in the classroom, remember to keep
the emphasis on teaching and learning, not technology.
With these priorities in mind, you can more easily develop
the kind of strong vision that will ensure meaningful
participation. To start, we recommend you spend
some time envisioning your classroom through questions
that will guide what it is you look for in your exploration
of the world of iEARN.
Goals and Objectives
Setting your Classroom Goals and Objectives for Online
iEARN is a community of educators who share the vision
that online collaborative projects can both enhance
learning as well as the quality of life on the planet.
After collaborating online throughout the academic year,
teachers and students are invited to meet face-to-face
in iEARN's annual conference to present and share their
classroom experiences, give workshops and learn from
one another. The online collaboration, combined
with the face-to-face annual gatherings have created
a unique professional, caring, dedicated and committed
community of learners.
iEARN projects provide your students
with a real audience which plays a key role in their
motivation throughout their work. Students will
have the opportunity to enhance their critical thinking
skills, apply their learning to real life problems,
take action in their local communities, develop cross-cultural
awareness and global citizenship. All projects
have a finished product and give students a sense of
Each iEARN project has the potential to address many
learning standards. Based on these standards, each teacher
can devise a plan that integrates as many subjects as
possible into the project. Major areas that should be
- Identification of Goals and Objectives
- Assessment of Possible Projects and Class Interest
- Determination of Background Knowledge
- Time Table of Lessons / Activities
- Identification of Specific Lessons
- Schedule for Production of Work and Outcomes
- Conclusion of Activity/Assessment
- Identification of Technological and Material Requirements
The end result is a meaningful learning experience rich in
real world content and learning.
I really like the
Aspects of Love Project. This project would work well in my
first grade classroom. The children are at a very impressionable
age, and it is a good time to begin teaching tolerance and
understanding. My classroom is made up of an array of different
ethnic backgrounds and some of my students speak different
languages. I have an ELL classroom. (English Language Learners)
This project would fit nicely into my curriculum for many
reasons. It is multileveled so that all of my students could
participate. (I have a wide range of learners) The children
who have not developed as writers (yet!) can draw a picture
and dictate their words. My good writers can even act as scribe
and write their classmates words for them. I think that this
is a great way for my to incorporate cooperative learning
into my class. I can also act as scribe for those who cannot
write themselves. I also like this project because of the
message it sends. I always tell my first graders that we are
not only a class, but we are a family. I try to teach them
the importance of being kind and showing love. This project
can help me with these ideas. This project not only meets
the writing standard for Language Arts, it also meet the Social
Studies Standard for understanding the differences between
– Theresa Durante, First Grade Teacher, United States