After Effects of the Ugandan Global Project

As I have previously blogged about, the Ugandan Global Project involved six grade two and three classes working together to raise money for a Ugandan School.

We raised $20,000 and all students students involved in the project developed enormously both on an academic and personal level.

Click here to read part one explaining the project.

Click here to read part two explaining the project.

Click here to read about the results of the project.

The project is now finished but the effects continue to spread.

Last week, the founder of the Ugandan School, Renee Waun, emailed me with great excitement. A Californian lady had been in touch with her a while back about volunteering at the Ugandan school in January. They had been making plans for the trip and, when our Ugandan Global Project was launched, Renee shared the link to our blog with the lady.

From Renee…

She looked at everything and decided to forward the links to several of her friends.  The result is that so many people in her circle of friends were inspired by the energy and activity of the teachers and children participating your project and the African school, that her friends started asking if they could go along.


There are now 22 people going to Africa in January! Among those in the group who are going are teachers, photographers, a dance instructor, and dental hygenist who will bring dental supplies and treat teeth, etc.

Even more unbelievably, there were even MORE people than that who wanted to go to Uganda but they had to cap the number in the group this time.

Who would have thought that a group of seven to nine year olds and their teachers could have such an enormous impact on others?

This shows the amazing power that collaboration, communication, creativity and effective use of technology can have!

What do you think?

How else can we set up projects with long lasting effects?

Global Education Conference Presentation

This week (Thursday/Friday), Linda Yollis will be presenting about our Ugandan Global Project at the Global Education Conference.

This is a free online conference for anyone around the world. The session is held in Elluminate.

The goal of the conference is to help everyone make connections with other educators and students in order to increase opportunities for globally-connected education activities and initiatives.

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SESSION INFORMATION

TITLE: Ugandan Global Project
PRESENTER: Linda Yollis
TIME: GMT+11 Fri 19 Nov 2010 11:00AM (click here for international time conversions)
SESSION ROOM: CLICK HERE to enter the Elluminate session room, open one hour before session.
DESCRIPTION: The Ugandan Global Project (UGP) is a collaborative blog that brings six elementary school classes together from four continents in order to raise money for the African Rural School Foundation in Uganda, Africa. The UGP members walked on October 22, to raise money to purchase a play area for Ugandan students. The walk signified the miles some Ugandan students walk each day to get an education. The UGP blog incorporates cultural and geographic information from all of the students involved in the project. The teachers and students involved in the project are elementary school blogging buddies. The classes regularly follow the learning of each other via blog posts and frequently ask questions or share information in the comment sections of the classroom blogs. The teachers were looking for a way to use their international blogging connections to help raise the global and social awareness of their students.
WEBSITE: http://ugandanglobalproject.blogspot.com

Here is a video I made to conclude the Ugandan project

Thank  you Linda for sharing at this conference!

Please try to attend and spread the word!

Leave a comment if you have any thoughts or questions about the conference.

Ugandan Global Project Update

As I have previously blogged about here and here, my grade two class has been working with five other classes around the world on a Ugandan Global Project.

We worked on a blog together to learn about Uganda and the nationalities involved, and completed a run/walk fundraiser to raise money for the ABC Divine Foundation School in Uganda.

Our goal was to raise enough money to purchase some land adjacent to the school for a play area.

We exceeded this goal enormously. Team Toa in China got their whole school involved and raised a massive $15,000! This brought the total for all the classes to about $20,000. Obviously, this amount of money will make a huge difference to the lives of the Ugandan students and we are currently working with the foundation to plan how the money can best be spent.

Our students got so much out of being involved in this project. The learning that went on through the blog posts and comments was fantastic.

I have used the text tool on this website to highlight just some of the learning that has taken place.

In my opinion, blogging and global projects are all encompassing ways to authentically improve student outcomes academically, socially and as digital citizens. I look forward to being involved in many more with my students in the future!

Leave a comment and share your thoughts about global projects.

Ugandan Global Project: Part Two

Last week, I blogged about the Ugandan Global Project which we launched today. Read the Part One post here.

Mrs Yollis and her students made this fantastic video to launch the project.

Mission

To raise the social conscience and global awareness of our students through fundraising for The ABC Divine Foundation Primary School in Mutundwe, Uganda, Africa

The Goal

Primary school “blogging buddies” from around the world will collaborate together to raise money to help purchase land adjacent to The ABC Divine Foundation Primary School in Mutundwe, Uganda, Africa. The land will be used as a play area for the school. Read more about the goal here.

The Run/Walk

Each class will complete a one hour run/walk around their school or community at 10am on Friday 22nd October 2010.

The one hour walk signifies the effort the Ugandan students make to get an education. Many students travel long distances to get to school and some live so far away they have to stay at the school.

From the school director: “Many families in rural areas live in abject poverty, with no school within a 6-mile walk. In areas where schools are available these poor families cannot afford the fees, and so their children grow up without any education at all.” Read more from the school director here.

Students will collect donations from their friends and families for completing the run/walk which will be passed on to the Ugandan school.

The Blog

http://ugandanglobalproject.blogspot.com/

The Ugandan Global Project Blog will be a place for students to share and learn about each other. Posts will include: cultural and geographic information, training updates, the run/walk events, and fundraising efforts. Hopefully the Ugandan students will be able to be a part of the blog through posting and/or commenting. We may also be able to use Skype to communicate with some Ugandan contacts or people who have been there.

Ugandanblog

The Benefits

We’re hoping that through participating in this project, our students will

•    Help people less fortunate than themselves
•    Develop their social conscience
•    Improve their fitness
•    Learn more about the world in which they live
•    Develop their friendships with their blogging buddies
•    Improve their understanding of different cultures and ways of life
•    Improve their ICT skills
•    Feel good and have fun!

Photo courtesy of Renee Waun

Photo courtesy of Renee Waun

Leave a comment and tell us what you think about our global project.

Have you been involved in any global projects? What did you students get out of it?

Ugandan Global Project: Part One

The school holidays are almost over here in Victoria and on Monday I’m launching an exciting new global project.

As I have previously blogged about, I have found global projects to be one of the richest ways to use technology in the classroom.

My class has collaborated globally with others both informally and in a more structured way such as through our Collaboration Corner blog project with Mrs Yollis’ class and skyping with experts, however I felt like there was something missing.

I wanted my students to be able to use these global connections for a greater good; to raise their social conscience, help others and learn more about the world in which they live.

The idea…

One day in August this year, I was reading my Runner’s World magazine, when I came across an article about a woman who ran to raise money for the women of the Democratic Republic of Congo. This article planted a seed and I got to thinking that I could have my students do a run/walk “alongside” their global buddies to raise money for children less fortunate than themselves.

The cause….

It didn’t take long to find a worthy cause to support. The African Rural Schools Foundation strives to provide affordable education to disadvantaged students in Uganda while also supporting children who are affected or orphaned by HIV/AIDS.

The foundation is doing amazing work, running the ABC Divine Foundation Primary School in Mutundwe, Uganda, Africa. There are over 400 students who attend the school, about half live there and many of those are orphans.

Rev. Renee Waun, the founding sponsor of the Foundation from the USA, has been more than helpful in getting our idea off the ground. She has been an excellent link to the Ugandan students and has provided invaluable information and support.

The partners…

When I shared the idea with some of the teachers of classes we collaborate with across the world, they were very keen to jump on board with the project. We are spanning our Ugandan Global Project across four continents- Africa, Australia, North America and Asia.

The partners of our project include

* The African Rural Schools Project and students at The ABC Divine Foundation Primary School in Mutundwe, Uganda, Africa.
* 2KM in Leopold, Victoria, Australia
* 2KJ in Leopold, Victoria, Australia
* Mrs Yollis’ class in Los Angeles, California, USA
* Mrs Ranney’s class in Los Angeles, California, USA
* Mr Salsich’s class in Connecticut, USA
* Team Toa, Shanghai International School, China

Photo courtesy of Renee Waun

Photo courtesy of Renee Waun

In part two of this post I will explain how we’re using blogging and other technologies for our collaboration and how we’re fundraising for our new African friends. Look out for it next week!