September 8, 2006
Following my trip to the National Educational Computing Conference this summer, I had the amazing opportunity to also travel to Europe as part of a delegation of Apple Distinguished Educators charged with developing a global awareness curriculum. This curriculum will become publically available at no cost in the Apple Learning Interchange (http://edcommunity.apple.com/ali/) sometime in early October.
As an unofficial part of this project, I’ve started an online group to discuss and share anything related to global education. People interested in joining this conversation can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you an invitation with instructions on how to join.
This week’s list is comprised of web sites related to the aforementioned Apple global awareness project and to some of the cities I visited. ADEs toured Berlin and Prague led by EF Education (http://www.ef.com/ ) and afterwards, I headed to Florence and Paris with two other ADEs. I don’t know why I waited so long to travel extensively in Europe. All I can say is that if you haven’t gone abroad yet in your life, do everything in your power to make it happen. The rewards will be numerous.
1) ADE Institute 2006
Learn more about the ADE trip by viewing and listening to material created as part of this experience. Find examples of web pages created by Apple’s iWeb software here as well.
2) United Buddy Bears
Make sure you copy and paste this entire link. The United Buddy Bears project is similar to Chicago’s Cows on Parade project of a few years ago. The bears are painted and designed by various countries in an effort to promote world peace and tolerance. We saw them at the Bebelplatz in Berlin, surrounding an empty underground library which is a symbolic reminder of Nazi book burnings. Check out the children’s pages which feature coloring pages for kids to design their own bears.
3) Louvre Museum Official Website
I loved the design of the Louvre; the underground entrance beneath I.M Pei’s glass pyramid is stunning. Take your students on a virtual field trip by visiting the Louvre’s Kaleidoscope page: (http://www.louvre.fr/llv/oeuvres/liste_approche_visuelle.jsp?bmLocale=en)
4) NPR: Art and History Intersect at a Paris Shop
An online acquaintance, principal Tim Lauer of Portand, sent me this link while I was in Paris. This shop was about two blocks away from where I stayed. Unfortunately, it was closed as many Parisians vacation during the month of August.
5) Museum of Communism
This museum is located in Prague, and it was an optional stop on our tour. While the facility is not particularly well designed, I learned a great deal about the history of communism in the Czech Republic. Many ADEs were particularly moved by a film shown in one room of the museum on the fall of communism in this country. You can experience the museum yourself by taking the virtual tour on their web site.
6) The Virtue Foundation
One of the founders of this organization, Dr. Joan LaRovere, addressed our group during our closing dinner in Prague. The Virtue Foundation is a humanitarian organization formed in the wake of September 11 in order to promote global awareness. This group has been active with a number of initiatives related to education and healthcare, including working with Hurricane Katrina victims.
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