“…To me who lived in South Korea for 11 years, India was quite new to me. Everything was new, such as roads, buildings, and people…” - Out of Eden Learn student, Cookieman (Yoobin), Chennai, India.
“When I leave India, I am going to make a long video of me walking in my neighborhood. I am going to remember this place,” Out of Eden Learn student, Howlingwerewolf7 (Tae Yeon), Chennai, India
Yoobin’s neighborhood map was selected as the new cover photo from the Out of Eden Facebook page. There are over 700 schools (think approximately 20-30 students per school!) involved in the Out of Eden Learn project. It’s quite an achievement to have her map chosen among all those schools. Congratulations to Tae Yeon too. Her map was selected for the Out of Eden Learn Instagram page.
We got this message from Out of Eden this past week after sharing our work:
“I hope this email finds you well. I just got back from a week away from the office and had an opportunity to check out your blog and the gallery walk your students participated in. Amazing work! They seem really engaged and their maps are beautiful. I can tell they spent a lot of time and effort on their projects. Thank you for facilitating such inspiring work!” – Sheya, Out of Eden Learn
Secrets of Egypt’s Lost Queen (Discovery Channel) was one of the most popular (if not most!) documentaries or videos we showed last year. We are adding it here to the class blog, so you can watch it if you are interested. While it’s optional, we think it’s really good; you will enjoy it if you like mysteries or detective-like programs.
Students completed their neighborhood map activity this week for their Out of Eden Footstep #2 project. On Thursday and Friday, we had a gallery walk where students shared their maps and their stories. We invited some special guests, including Mr. Hoover (Head of School), Mr. Phan (M.S. Principal), Mr. Hicks (Associate Principal), Mr. Crouch (Technology Director), 5th grade teachers (Ms. Becky, Ms. Shobhana, Ms. Megha), Ms. Mac (7th grade L.A.) and others. Students commented on other projects and some students volunteered to present the Out of Eden Learn project and Mr. Salopek’s walk to guests. Thank you to the special guests who took time our of their busy schedules to come to our classrooms!
Mr. Martin ‘tweeted’ a couple photos of the gallery walk days and was pleased to see Mr. John Stanmeyer see our photo via Twitter and the hashtags I used. He replied to Mr. Martin and retweeted our photo to all of his followers. Mr. Stanmeyer is the photographer who has taken many of Paul’s photos, including the National Geographic photo featured in the image above. His picture of African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night became World Press Photo of the Year 2013.
This is the power of social media when someone can see the great work going on our classrooms. It’s an authentic or real audience! Here is Mr. Stanmeyer’s award winning photo below. You can find other great photos on the Out of Eden Walk Blog/Dispatch and by ‘Googling’ his name. If you love photography, check out his website here: http://www.stanmeyer.com/
Mr. Martin, Mrs. Hall, and Ms. Jaya are very proud of your efforts and we have featured a few of the maps here. You can see all of them if you stop by our classrooms. Next week we will give you time to look at other maps and stories from the Out of Eden site, and you can provide feedback to other students in our walking party.
Due to MAP Testing this week, we had to postpone our gallery walk to Thursday and Friday. We will have some special guests coming to our classes to see your project. You need to be prepared to talk about your map and the Out of Eden Learn project. Here are some things you need to think about before this activity.
1) How would you explain Paul’s journey or the Out of Eden Walk?
2) How does your map relate to what Paul is doing?
3) What is something new or interesting you learned about your neighborhood through this activity?
Please make sure all maps are turned in by Wednesday at the latest and add your story to the document we shared with you. Some of you need to make small revisions to your story.
CAIRO, EGYPT—Another 18th Dynasty tomb has been discovered by archaeologists from the American Research Center in Egypt at Al-Qurna in Luxor. Paintings on the walls of this New Kingdom (1550-1070 B.C.) tomb “are records of daily life practices that prevailed in that era,” according to a statement made by Antiquities Minister Mamdouh al-Damaty. Click HERE to learn more. As we’ve told you in class, these types of tombs, as well as other ancient artifacts are still being discovered.
Construction of the Abu Simbel temple complex started in approximately 1264 BC and lasted for about 20 years, until 1244 BC. Known as the “Temple of Ramesses, beloved by Amun it was one of six rock temples erected in Nubia during the long reign of Ramesses II. Ramses built the Temple at Abu Simbel in Egypt to intimidate his enemies and seat himself amongst the gods. The complex was relocated in its entirety in 1968, on an artificial hill made from a domed structure, high above the Aswan High Dam reservoir. The relocation of the temples was necessary to avoid their being submerged during the creation of Lake Nasser, the massive artificial water reservoir formed after the building of the Aswan High Dam on the Nile River.
National Geographic – “Moving Abu Simbel” (3 minute video) – very good!
History Channel – Ramses’ Temple at Abu Simbel (3 minute video) – excellent and there are other Egypt- related videos on the same link.
Week Without Walls in Yelagiri was a learning experience for everyone. We saw many examples of students modeling the 4C’s of AISC’s mission statement and we also saw good team work and collaboration on display. What did you like or dislike about the three days in Yelagiri?
Something from Week Without Walls that I will never forget is…
Here is a playlist of different video clips about Ramses II, also known as Ramses the Great. One of the greatest pharaohs of Egypt of the New Kingdom, he ruled for 66 years and brought stability to ancient Egypt, after his battles with the Hittites.
The Out of Eden Learn group from Project Zero at Harvard University recently traveled to Georgia to meet with Paul Salopek. We sent a number of questions from our classes. He answered a couple of them, along with several other questions from around the world. You can see his responses in this blog post HERE. You can also read his last blog post, Trail’s End from his blog.
This week we launched Footstep #2 in our Out of Eden Learn project. Students learned what a milestone is and looked at some of Paul’s milestones during his journey. The first project for Footstep #2 is to create a neighborhood map and to write a story about your neighborhood or the area where you live. Directions for the project were shared in class and they are available on our Moodle page as well. The due dates and expectations, along with a rubric are in on the document in Moodle.
This week we will start Footstep 2. Before that, we will reflect on our writing and blog posts for Electronic Oasis. Are your reflections shallow or deep? What is a shallow or deep reflection anyway? Our goal is to help you to become a stronger reader and writer, one who makes deep reflections where you ‘power punch’ your way to really good insights. Check out this map of all of the schools (700+) involved with the Out of Eden Learn project!
Turn history into pop song satires with History Teachers, Horrible Histories, and enjoy Crash Course with John Green.
If you are interested in learning more about the World Scholar’s Cup, click HERE. Mr. Phan sent all M.S. students a message and Google Document to sign-up. We noted that two 6th grade groups have signed up, so far. It looks pretty cool!
Students this week will finish reflecting on our visit from author/illustrator, Lauren Stringer. Please remember to keep your 40 book challenge updated. It is expected that you are reading for a minimum of 20-30 minutes each night. We always love to see book reviews on our book review blogs, and we encourage you to share your favorite book with each other.