My name is Alex, I’m 23 and I am in my third year of my Bachelor of Education (Primary). I graduated from High School in 2010 and then did a year of Landscape Architecture. I realised that it wasn’t what I wanted to do with my life so I got a job as a teachers aide in a class of grade ones, which was a fantastic experience where I got to work closely with the classroom teacher. That experience is what made me realise that I wanted to become a teacher. I now work at an after school care program, which I absolutely love.
Untitled. Away from War: Sports Bringing Hope Again to Re-engage Syrian Children with their Childhood. Damascus – ©UNICEF/Syria/2015/Rami Nader 19 October 2015 by Hiba Muhammad in Damascus.
UNICEF Resumes Life-Saving Aid Operations in Syria’s Idleb. ©UNICEF Syria/2015.
Two children pose happily in front of a newly installed Oxfam tank in an IDP shelter in Harim district of the governorate of Idleb. By Yasmine Saker The violence sweeping across the North-Western governorate of Idleb has taken a heavy toll on the electricity and water networks. Syria's heritage in ruins: before-and-after pictures. They were sleepy tree-lined boulevards where people lived and worked, time-worn markets where they came to trade and exquisitely detailed mosques where, throughout the ages, they prayed.
All now stand in ruins, ravaged by a war that is not only killing generations of Syrians but also eradicating all around them, including sites that have stood since the dawn of civilisation. Across Syria, where a seemingly unstoppable war is about to enter a third year, a heritage built over 5,000 years or more is being steadily buried under rubble. The destruction of towns and villages is regularly revealed by raw, and often revolting, videos uploaded to the web, which many people stopped watching long ago. Only seldomly do the shaky images reveal the damage being done beyond the battle – to ancient churches, stone Crusader fortresses and ruins that have stood firm during several millennia of insurrection and purge but are being withered away by this unforgiving war. Homs itself has fared even worse. What you need to know: Crisis in Syria, refugees, and the impact on children.
Syria crisis: Fast facts 13.5 million people in Syria need humanitarian assistance.14.6 million Syrians are refugees, and 6.6 million are displaced within Syria; half are children.2 Read an open letter from Syrian children.Most Syrian refugees remain in the Middle East, in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt; about 10 percent of the refugees have fled to Europe.3Children affected by the Syrian conflict are at risk of becoming ill, malnourished, abused, or exploited.
Millions have been forced to quit school. Why are Syrians fleeing their homes? Violence: Since the Syrian civil war began, 320,000 people have been killed, including nearly 12,000 children. Reflection: 5 key learning moments. The Learning Hub 2015. After Fleeing Danger, Children Deserve a Warm Welcome. I am just back from the island of Lesvos in the southeastern part of Greece, where I was visiting our programs for refugees who have made the perilous crossing from Turkey.
It is a surreal experience: on the one hand a beautiful island with lovely small towns where vacationers from Europe flock in the summer months; on the other hand, a beach strewn with deflated rafts, substandard lifejackets and water bottles, with soaked families huddled together after a rough journey across the strait from Turkey. This far-flung island off of Greece is now the first landing point for thousands of refugees fleeing from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. Peace Efforts. Untitled. A poem about a refugees journey to safety: An educators role. Educational needs. Educational capital of my FLS. Context of my FLS. Refugee or Migrant? #WordsMatter Say Our High Profile Supporters.
Google Glass: Making Learning Visible with Wearable Technology. I am an eye.
Expeditions: Take your students to places a school bus can't. Expeditions Pioneer Program. Stories from Syrian Refugees. International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.
Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. Australia's resettlement of Syrian refugees is tinged with déjà vu. A government that seemingly privileges particular refugees on account of their religion?
A prime minister who agrees to a resettlement program after coming under pressure from state premiers? An immigration department instructed to select only refugees who aren’t likely to cause problems when resettled in Australia? Education in the Zaatari Refugee Camp. Becoming A Refugee Through Your Smartphone. Melissa Fleming: Aidons les réfugiés à prospérer, pas juste à survivre. Teacher Without Boarders: Leaders who show up.
Oct15 Teachers without boarders is a fantastic organisation of dedicated educators on a mission to educate and make a difference in the lives of children in countries who can’t provide an adequate education.
Calais’ Syrian Refugees: You shall not pass! Zaatari Refugee Camp: A liminal space. The Learning Hub 2015. Through the threshold and into the future. Mirror, Mirror...what do you see? Flexible Learning Environments. Self-Direction is Key. The Learning Spaces by Alexandra Baker on Prezi. Flexible Learning Environments. A collaborative curriculum, is an effective curriculum.
Sep13 I feel that curriculum is a collaborative space from beginning to end.
What I mean by that is that the curriculum itself is a collaborative and cooperative piece of work, put together by educators and experts who each bring their own qualities and ideas to the project. Teachers also collaborate when putting together their lesson plans for the week or month. When students are working in groups, they are doing the same thing, however, as adults the educators who put together the curriculum and the teachers, have years of experience when it comes to collaborating with others.
Considerations for teaching with Technology. Sep13 The use of technology in classrooms is becoming increasingly apparent. When I started primary school we had three computers shared between three classrooms, and that was considered to be a lot, however in today’s classrooms some classes have an iPod or laptop per student, as well as class desktops, interactive whiteboards and a set of microphones. After reading the UNESO article, I notice just how many people around the world now have phones. 5.9 out of 7 billion people is a significant amount and is a show of the times, that even in developing countries such as Africa, almost everyone owns a mobile phone.
So why are we so surprised when students want to bring their technology to school? Smart phones now give us access to the internet and a whole range of apps that can be used for learning and interaction. For further information check out this article: Beyond the classroom: Excursions & Incursions. Excursions and Incursions allow students to learn and grow in a unique way as they experience new or revisited information, in a different setting.
This kind of experience can provoke new ideas and thoughts, expanding on their prior knowledge or creating the foundation for curiosities to bloom. For example, I work at a holiday program during the school holidays where we have at least two excursions and two incursions for the kids. After having visited the aquarium, some of the students had learnt about sea creatures they didn’t know of previously and when we came back, they wanted to do activities related to those sea creatures. Because of this we planned a week of ocean related games, activities and opportunities for learning, which allowed the children to ask questions and find answers, based on their experience at the aquarium. Building Blocks. Candlebark and Fitzroy Community School focus on personal development. The importance of learning environments.
What is a PLN? The Learning Hub 2015. Aug2 Web 2.0 is a term used to describe new web technologies. The difference between old technologies and Web 2.0 is that the old technologies were considered to be ‘read only’, which allowed people to read information, but not to interact with it. The Learning Hub 2015.
The Learning Hub 2015.