Many Indian villages are returning to bartering amid a nationwide cash crisis. Hard currency is in short supply following the government’s surprise decision to scrap 500 and 1,000 rupee notes in an effort to curb corruption. The BBC visited a village in the state of West Bengal to meet farmers and laborers who are trying desperately to survive without cash in hand. This article makes me think about ancient history and how people traded.
The legacy of Ancient China: Chinese silk was important in opening trade routes to the west. The trade routes stretched westward from China through central Asia to Mesopotamia and Europe. I have included several videos which tell the history of the Silk Roads, as well as talk about the Silk Roads today. Watch a video and comment about three things you learned about the Silk Roads from one or more of these videos.
Happy birthday to the following students celebrating their birthday in the month of December: Seohyun (2), Sanjeev (3), Hyewon & Jinwon (9), Natalie and Nathan (13), Akshaya (14), Shanmugam (24), Samira (30), Riley (31). Let me know if I forgot anyone or made an error.
How was the Harappan civilization similar to other civilizations we have studied? What made it unique? Watch a video and add a comment.
Here are a few photos from Out of Eden Learn, Footstep #3 – Neighborhood Walk Photos. We are enjoying the photos and stories from this footstep project. Please remember to post your photos and story on Out of Eden Learn, reply to any questions your receive, and thank other students from our walking party who comment or praise your work. Continue to comment and share your questions in our walking party.
What is a monsoon? As we enter monsoon season in India, how do these seasonal winds shape, influence , or affect India’s climate?
Here is the advertisement we watched in your last class. There is another advertisement (#2) along with some short videos which show the amazing physical and human geography of India.
We look forward to seeing your photos for Footstep #3 this week. I am happy that Mr. Aneesh and Mr. Carl stopped by our classes to share some of their knowledge about taking good photographs. We hope you apply some of their ideas, as you take photos of your neighborhood. The directions for the project have been shared with you and are on Out of Eden Learn. I have also shared both of these presentations and will add them to Moodle under Out of Eden Learn. Remember to write a story to go along with your two photos. Prompts or directions have been shared as well, along with a rubric.
We are launching Footstep #3 today and Monday (11/14). The footstep is posted on Out of Eden and you can see the directions there. They have also been added to the Moodle folder for Out of Eden Learn, along with a rubric. Here is a video of the directions, along with a a video I made of some photos made by students. You will see more examples of photos by looking at examples done by other students in our walking party. Out of Eden Walk has an Instagram page where you can see Paul’s photos. Click on the link to see some amazing photos!
Photos by Rob Martin
In class this week, students learned about SMART goals and created a one goal for a learning habits or area they wanted to improve in our new trimester. Students also reflected on Out of Eden Learn, Footstep #2 and responded to these two questions in their notebook:
What did you learn about your neighborhood or what did you notice about your neighborhood?
How does this activity connect with Paul’s journey and/or the Out of Eden Project?
Happy birthday to the following students celebrating birthdays in the month of November: Miruna (13), ChaeYeon(17), Paula(24), and Gautham (27). If I left someone off the list, let me know. Have a great day!
I just saw this article on Twitter via the website Archaeology.org. A new study has concluded that the wardrobe of the 5,300-year-old ice mummy known as Ötzi was assembled from five different animal species. To find out what animals were used to make Otzi’s clothes, click HERE to read the short article. It’s amazing how new scientific techniques continue to answer questions about Otzi.
What an exciting week of learning! Your teachers and Utsaah are putting together an album of the best of the best of our photos we took during our week in Panchgani. You can also see all of my Tweets and photos, if you look at my Twitter feed (@DigitalNomadRob) on the right side of my blog. I also posted some photos to my Instagram page, which is also on this blog. Check them out, while we put together your album. We hope you had a great week of learning and were challenged to try new things and to make new friends. This week in advisory, you will do some reflection on your week. Enjoy your long weekend, and see you on Tuesday, November 1st (2H).
All photos taken by Rob Martin!
Students have finished Out of Eden Learn, Footstep #2 – Creating a Neighborhood Map – and written a story using one of the five prompts provided by Out of Eden. Here are is a sample of some more of the maps that were created. After Week Without Walls, we will share the maps in a Gallery Walk with our classmates. Click on the images to see a slideshow.
I saw this nice infographic on social media that was shared by The Tree Foundation in Chennai. Do you live with less plastic by doing any of these things?
This is a photo taken by a former student, Kennedy Porter (8th grade), when she did Out of Eden Learn. It is currently on display at Harvard University’s Monroe C. Gutman Library Gallery. Out of Eden Learn is inviting students to take photos of something interesting in their neighborhood. See the directions below. You can share your photo via Instagram or Twitter or email your photo and a brief description (example: what it is and where it was taken) to: firstname.lastname@example.org
I have shared a few photos I have taken in my neighborhood, Kottivakkam.