From planning a charity music event that raised mental health awareness, to promoting peace between students across borders and using a virtual world to teach students about social issues, there are so many incredible ways educators around the world are using technology for good. Read three of their stories below!
Along with fellow teachers Natasha Rachell and Ken Shelton, Felisa Ford is behind Lessons in Good Trouble, an immersive Minecraft experience that invites students on a journey through historic and present-day social movements around the world. Students begin by meeting Civil Rights leader and U.S. congressman John Lewis, then travel back in time with him to meet other leaders and experience social justice movements—from learning about a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in modern-day America, to meeting Emmeline Pankhurst, who advocated for women’s rights in Victorian-era London.
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Ranjitsinh Disale didn’t want his students’ learning to be limited to the four walls of a classroom or even the borders of their country. So he started a project called Let’s Cross The Borders to promote peace among young people in countries that are in conflict, including India, Pakistan, Israel, Iran, Iraq and Palestine. By leveraging the power of technology like Flipgrid, Microsoft Teams, PowerPoint and Skype, and by connecting with other educators online to invite them to participate, Ranjitsinh’s project has reached more than 18,000 students to date, with a goal of reaching 50,000 by 2030.
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Graeme Wright’s students needed to learn about the music industry and how it works. So they came up with the idea of organizing a concert for their school and community that would also raise awareness and funds for a local mental health charity. Though COVID-19 restrictions meant the event had to be held virtually, this only inspired students to be even more innovative. Together, they learned about everything that goes into planning an event: from marketing, to getting licenses, to collaborating with talent. Every step of the way, students used digital tools to help with their project, such as hosting auditions on Flipgrid, keeping track of reference documents with Wakelet and sharing recordings of video meetings on Stream.
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