Thursday, January 10, 2013

Lollipop Moments


Creating Lollipop Moments
(don't understand the reference?  check out this quick video!)

In the comment section below:
Please choose one of the "ideas" fro the list below and "round it out."  Recall the seed analogy we used- if this idea is the seed please provide the sun and water to make it grow into a fully formed viable idea...  consider things like HOW it would be implemented  WHO it would affect, WHO would run this idea after you leave Fay,  WHERE does the idea create an impact, WHERE would the funding for the idea come from, and so on...

In addition to describing the details of your project, your responses should address:
A) how does this idea DIRECTLY affect the issue (not raise money for someone else's efforts)
B) how does this project evolve over the next 20 years
C) how does this project continue after this initial year

(Hint: think about the Heifer project video "12 Stones"-  you can go re-watch it from our website if you need some inspiration!)

Always come back to the idea:  WHAT do we mean by "education" and WHO do we mean when we say "for all"


Please post your "rounded out" idea on our blog BEFORE NOON on Tuesday)...

Topics for you to consider:

1. Using online education to disseminate information / use Skype sessions to share teaching with areas that do not have teachers

2.  Create and online space (website) to collect ideas from students about how to spread education to all

3. Create lessons (via web or cd) that could be passed out to spread specific information

4.  Figure out how to create necessary school equipment (like chairs and tables) out of readily available material (like cardboard)

5.  Student service trip (similar to the New Mexico or Peru trips of years past) but to a local school

6.  Select a non-governmental organization (NGO) that has similar goals to our group and figure out how we can support/extend their efforts (besides donating money)

**  If you have another idea that you would like to explore, just email Ms. Ashley or myself and get the OK first!

14 comments:

  1. 1. Using online education to disseminate information / use Skype sessions to share teaching with areas that do not have teachers

    I believe this will be a great idea if and only if the children in those countries are supplied with at least minimum wage designed computers that can install Skype. Because this uses video chatting, there will not be any issues with budgets. Also, we can select volunteers who can have one session per month that are less than an hour so that it won't bother their normal school life much. Because there are many students capable of teaching English at Fay School, it will be an awesome service opportunity for them!

    I believe the only problems that we might experience are some internet connection problems and time difference.

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  2. Create lessons (via web or cd) that could be passed out to spread specific information.
    We would need to set up how we are going to teach it, such as directly talking directly or indirectly to the camera.
    And this teaching would affect anyone who currently needs education.
    Since this idea will need a student's perfect understanding of what "Education for all" is, we can select young students who can be inspired and taught that education plays a significant role in people's lives. Thus, we should choose really young minds to take over.
    Instead of giving specific places where this idea creates an impact, I want to say that it will impact everyone, both people who receive and do not receive education. First, it will inspire those around us to create projects similar to what we are doing. Second, those who need education will be completely motivated to seek these webs and CDs, that we create, themselves.
    This idea should stay away from any funding because it should be for the purpose of educating non-educated people around the world instead of for the paycheck.
    This project should become bigger and create stronger ties with those who need education over the next 20 years.
    Although this project will seem new to the new people coming to Challenge 20/20, I think that they would be excited to talk and teach people about what they have learned so far. Also, this connects to my idea of selecting really young students because they will be able to teach the fundamentals to the uneducated people first. Hence, to me, the project seems to be taking its own life form.

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  3. I believe that crating and online education format would be a very effective tool and idea. I believe that this will be effective because it is a way of directly giving people a chance to get and education where it is harder to receive a well-constructed education. The project can evolve over the years because as the program becomes bigger, more people will be able to profit from it. The idea would spread to other places and others may want it as well. Even after 20 years it can continue because the people who have the information wherever they are receiving the education can teach others the knowledge that they already have.

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  4. *Create lessons (via web or cd) that could be passed out to spread specific information*

    We can record interactive videos teaching kids, teens, and adults things they need to know in order to succeed in life.
    The video needs to be interactive because if not then kids will not listen the video because it will bore them
    The education we supply them will not be the same curriculum we are learning because they need different life supplies than us.
    We can talk to them about the most profitable farming crops, and incorporate interactive learning games: math, science, english
    Things that can help them in everyday life on in the long run if they want to pursue a job.

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  5. Create lessons (via web or cd) that could be passed out to spread specific information.

    We could record what students learn at Fay at send it to people who aren't getting educated. However, the video should be easy-spoken for young children. It will help them to learn something new that they haven't learned in their location of school. Their required subjects should be: Math, English, and Science. Or else, we can make a book about 'How to teach young children who aren't getting educated well' to them. Because I believe that one little effort can make +1 other's life, this would help those young kids a lot.

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  6. 3. Create lessons (via web or cd) that could be passed out to spread specific information

    We can do something like the Khan Academy Website yet simpler in the subjects.
    -or-
    Take a video of what is happening in our school and upload that on the web

    Also there could be another section in the website where we can show that practical ways where they can learn things that help them in everyday life like what Gabby said. Perhaps maybe making clothing, or mass producing crops.

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  7. Building on the ideas discussed from the “12 stones” video and the “Native Son” video, students should be allowed to “Choose their own adventure” (CYOA) and have the chance to take classes on topics that are not only useful to the student, but meaningful as well. In the “Native Son” video, the boy told us that one of the reasons he dropped out of school was because he was not learning about things useful or meaningful to him. If students were allowed to learn about culture, religion, race, or other topics that are practical and significant to them, we could prevent drop-outs. Then, adding on to the topic of spreading the knowledge we already had taken from the “12 stones” video, each student would then have to teach two other students about what they learned, and this also has to be useable to the two students, and then the two would have to teach two more, then the four would each have to teach to more and so on. The success of the 12 stones program was that it connected people and gave them skills that they could use right away. This will be part of the CYOA program as well. By allowing students to choose something meaningful with the help of a teacher, it teaches the kids that they are not insignificant and that they have history. The Choose-Your-Own-Adventure learning program will not only prevent drop-outs, but it will also be a fun way for kids to learn about what they choose. This would not be a substitute for regular academic classes, but this would be a way to help children and students widen their comprehension of the world.

    I would get this started by collaborating with other members of the Fay Challenge 20/20 group to write a letter to Mr. Evans, Mr. Gustavson, and Mr. Liebmann to get this idea started at Fay and then spread it to two other schools. We would also start a web site with student projects so that a huge library of projects and lessons would be online for anybody to access. The idea is that other schools prevent drop outs. If this spread well, we could lower the number of drop outs in the united states over a long period of time. The lessons and projects created by the student in the program can be shared with other students around the world. A good time to start this at Fay would be in the two weeks between Thanksgiving and winter break, but at other schools, it could happen at different times of the year.

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  8. 3. Create lessons (via web or cd) that could be passed out to spread specific information

    By creating a lesson on education for all, students and leaders of our next generation will be able to grow knowledge on why education for everyone is important. Everyone will believe that everyone no matter the race, size, gendre and age matters when it comes to the right to have education.This will effect those around the globe, who are desperate for education The people that agrees with education for all are those that will continue the idea and lesson.
    ~Rachel

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  9. I will expend the idea of creating an online space (website) to collect ideas from students about how to spread education to all. This is very easy to achieve and how we can get people know about the program. Temperately, people were using technologies a lot and we can create all sorts of stuff on the website. We could create videos or paragraphs about some basic skills that women in Africa or where Malala lived as basic skills and knowledge. We could contact with the 12 stones and create connections with them. Maybe they could provide one computer or two to watch our website and videos to get a sense of outside world if African women never had a chance to go outside of the country. People in Challenge 20/20 in the future could keep adding additional information to the website. This affect the issue because the women want education and something “fun” in their life other than working all day. It would be interesting to write letters to them through the website and notify them about current events. In the next 20 years, the project could be involved with more and more people participating, and Africa would start using technology and contacting with the outside world.

    consider things like HOW it would be implemented WHO it would affect, WHO would run this idea after you leave Fay, WHERE does the idea create an impact, WHERE would the funding for the idea come from, and so on...

    In addition to describing the details of your project, your responses should address:
    A) how does this idea DIRECTLY affect the issue (not raise money for someone else's efforts)
    B) how does this project evolve over the next 20 years
    C) how does this project continue after this initial year

    ~Yolanda

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  10. Create an online space (website) to collect ideas from students about how to spread education to all.

    HOW it would be implemented? The website could be made with iWeb, or webs.com, and it would be, basically, a sort of completely open blog where kids could share their ideas on EFA (Education for All,) which would help the word spread and give other people some ideas.

    WHO would it affect? I think that one problem with this particular idea is that only people with computers could help. However, as a whole, it affects a LOT of people, because, like many other websites where others can participate (ex. Wikipedia) it grows over time and gets bigger.

    WHO would run the idea after we leave Fay? Well, it really doesn’t matter, because the idea isn’t based off of Fay, and it’s there for everyone to use, from anywhere.

    WHERE does it create an impact? *see question 2*

    WHERE would the funding come from? I honestly don’t know the real facts about what it costs to own a website on the internet, but if we use iWeb, I don’t think it costs anything. If it does, maybe we could ask for donations, or do something with the bookstore?

    It directly affects the issue because, along with spreading the word about EFA, we’re giving the idea to a ton of people around the world to think about, and it will hopefully grow over time. This is how it will continue throughout the years, instead of it being a one-time fix.

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  11. My idea starts out with a group of people who know how to use materials, and make new ones out of them. Such as making paper from old sheets of paper, and chairs from cardboard. Why would they want to do it? They want to, because they can build a school, and then use it, and educate children, thus bringing in more money, eventually. The immediate reward, is that they know how to make such supplies for themselves.

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  12. Yewon Chun

    "Student service trip (similar to the New Mexico or Peru trips of years past) but to a local school"

    Although the students do not help out with education in New Mexico, the students on the Peru trip or the Dominican Republic trip do. Since this has helped the kids in many ways, it is a great idea to visit the local schools. Even if we are not able to teach the kids many things and give them knowledge and wisdom, we can give them hope. We can also implant love for education in the students so that even when they feel like giving up, they will be able to keep on going. The tendency to just keep on going to school will help them and educate them. If we help out in the local schools in ways like this, we will be able to directly affect the students. Instead of going to far places, wasting money on new technology, and other things, I believe that it is much more helpful if we visit the local schools and help out directly. I believe that if we, as a group, want to make an impact in the world and make a difference, we have to start in our own community and let ourselves be a hand to our peers near us instead of the people on the other side of the globe. Just like the service trips, this will go in the past years and evolve around the school for the years past. However, if we want it to be continual, we must form a group with the other people, because the theme of Challenge 20/20 changes every year. We will also need a faculty to facilitate the group and it can only be once a year or more than that.

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  13. Allying ourselves with an NGO is, in my opinion, a very wise decision. Challenge 20/20 will move on. Next year, we will be focusing on something different - but an NGO who will be fighting for the cause will not move on from it. An NGO made for this issue and this issue only is loathe to step off from the job after one trip. No - it will continue to make trips, either to different places or to the same place as the previous year in order to expand its work there. Really, it has more resources, time, and people to get the job done. Fay students going to Vietnam or South Africa is not a very plausible idea. But for an NGO which works during the summer break, this is a very approachable prospect. This idea can directly affect the issue because we will offer whatever support we can. It is here that I think the online website ideas and the educational podcast ideas will fit in well. If we can't for some reason send the lessons over to a country needing more education, then this NGO, in one of its trips, can take over these things with them for distribution and promotion. Technically, Challenge 20/20 members will be members of the NGO as well - this is the kind of teamwork that will serve both our purposes and makes it a direct effort. The funding is a different issue. Aside from us at Fay doing the best we can to fund these efforts, the people at the NGO will also work to fundraise, effectively doubling our yield. This NGO will not cease to focus on the issue, like some of us here most likely will. Over the years, their work will do nothing but grow. Trips will be at least annual, and each trip will serve to achieve a goal. Repeated trips to one destination will eventually help to get that place on its feet, ready to spread the education like the organization showed them.

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