How one man’s 34,000 km walk is inspiring budding journalists across the world (India Today)

29 Nov

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“Paul Salopek’s project encourages young children and journalism students to walk around their neighborhood and be storytellers themselves instead of just having conversations on various topics on the internet.” – Roshni Chakrabarty

HERE (LINK) is a great article from India Today Education on Paul’s walk and the work of students around the world in Out of Eden Learn. I was pleased to see a recent Tweet of mine from Lusaka, Zambia showing students doing a See – Think – Wonder Visible Thinking Routine while looking at photos taken by former students from Chennai, India. 

Best Photos of 2018

26 Nov
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Off the north coast of Canada’s Baffin Island, a June sun transforms snow and ice into limpid pools of turquoise. The Arctic’s perennial sea ice cover—the ice that survives the summer melt season—has shrunk dramatically. From “Here’s Where the Arctic’s Wildlife Will Make Its Last Stand,” January 2018 PHOTOGRAPH BY BRIAN SKERRY

SARAH LEEN HAS a job most people in the world would envy. She looks at photographs for a living. And not just any photographs — National Geographic photographs. As our Director of Photography, Leen estimates she has looked at as many images “as there are stars in the sky,” so it’s hard to narrow down her favorites. But she does that every year — here are her favorite 100 of the over two million submitted to us this year, in no particular order.

Taking Neighborhood Walks (Out of Eden Learn – Footstep #3)

25 Nov

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Here are a few photos from Lusaka, Zambia taken by sixth-grade students in Ms. Conte’s students. I was very pleased with the final products and enjoyed collaborating with her class and sharing exemplars from student work in Chennai, India.

Directions: Plan to take a walk in your neighborhood or local area. It may include places on your sketch map. You can walk by yourself or with a classmate, friend, or family member. As you walk in your neighborhood or local area, take photos of things that catch your attention. What do you see, feel, hear, taste, or smell? Try to look at the place and the people who live or work there with fresh eyes. Here are some ideas for different kinds of photos you can take:

  • Photos that capture a whole neighborhood scene, and photos that zoom in on a detail you find interesting.

  • Photos where you’re pointing the camera up and photos where you’re pointing the camera towards the ground.

  • Photos of things that are common or familiar in your neighborhood, and photos of things that might be unexpected or surprising.

  • Something special that you’d like to share.

Taking Neighborhood Walks in Zambia

21 Nov

Sixth-grade students in Alta Conte’s I & S class at the American International School of Lusaka do a See – Think – Wonder using exemplars from my previous school, the American International School Chennai, as they prepare to take walks and photos in their neighborhood. 

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Paul Salopek in Kolkata, India!

18 Nov

Explorer Paul Salopek is a writer and journalist. He is currently walking across the world for a decade-long storytelling project called the Out of Eden Walk. Paul has earned most of America’s top print media awards, including Pulitzers for his reporting on human genetics and the civil war in Congo. Join him from Kolkata, India 5 years into his walk around the world!

Live Q & A with Paul Salopek – Friday, November 16th

15 Nov

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There will be a LIVE Question and Answer session with Paul Salopek from Kolkata, India at 12:00pm Eastern Time (Google the time in your country) on Friday, November 16th. Here is the LINK to watch it live (you can ask questions in the sidebar) or to watch it later. 

‘Single-Use’ Is The 2018 Word Of The Year, Collins Dictionary Says

7 Nov

The English-speaking world’s growing concern for the environment and the ubiquity of disposable items that are used only once has pushed the word “single-use” to the top of Collins Dictionary’s list of “Word of the Year.”

Collins says there’s been a four-fold increase in the usage of the word since 2013, in part thanks to news coverage of environmental issues. Click on this LINK to see (and learn) other notable words of the year, including floss, VAR, Gammon, backstop, etc. The 2017 Word of the Year was actually two words: “fake news.”

Understanding Text Features

6 Nov

Here is a helpful video, as well as a document to help you understand how to read text features. 

The Best Age to Learn a Language (BBC)

30 Oct
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When it comes to learning a foreign language, we tend to think that children are the most adept. But that may not be the case – and there are added benefits to starting as an adult. Click HERE to read this very good article from BBC Future. 

This is Zambia!

10 Oct
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Victoria Falls, Livingstone – Explore Zambia trip (Photo by Rob Martin)

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Walking India: Year 6 of a Global Journalism Journey (Support Paul!)

10 Oct

Dear Students and Parents,

Greetings from Lusaka, Zambia! I am writing to you, on behalf of Paul Salopek, to request your support for his Out of Eden Walk journey. Paul has one week left of a Kickstarter campaign (CLICK LINK) to raise money to continue his journey through India. So, far, he has raised 95% of the $50,000 U.S. dollars he is trying to raise. For four years, you followed his journey via Out of Eden Learn and some of you were fortunate to connect with him via a Google Hangout. Please consider a donation to support his walk.  Watch the video on the link and see how you can donate. 

“So far, Paul has covered 700 of 1,800 miles across India. Along this stretch of the trail, Paul and his local walking partners are exploring the mounting effects of dramatic environmental change, including climate woes, rapid urbanization, growing communal tensions in the world’s largest democracy, and the tenuous endurance of South Asia’s many varied cultures.”

I am really happy that Paul was able to visit AISC in September and to talk to you. Thank you for your support. I miss you and wish you well. I’d love to hear how you are doing, so please stay in touch. Please comment and tell me how you are doing, or email me at: martin.robert.lee@gmail.com

Peace,

Rob Martin

 

‘Home is where my boots are.’

3 Oct

Check out this great story by the CBC on Paul Salopek. He was interviewed while he was in Chennai last month. Listen to the audio version on the way home or to school. An excerpt: 

As a long-time foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, Salopek has spent a lot of his life on the road. He says everyone he loves knows this is a part of who he is.

“It might seem crazy to some people that I could maintain family relationships, even deep friendships when I’m inching across the world for five years. But this is not a departure for me. I’ve been doing this my whole life,” Salopek told Tremonti.

He attributes his start as a global nomad to a life-changing move over the border from Southern California to a small village in Mexico.

“[It] taught me that … I may never be truly at home anywhere, I’ll feel at home everywhere to some degree, and that home is where my boots are,” he said.

It was the first rain of the season. It came with fistfuls of blown dust, and it barely wet the sand. Paul Salopek encounters the first monsoon in northern India at Milestone 58.

 

Being bilingual!

3 Oct

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I love this Sketchnote by Alison Schofield (@educatorBMLS).

How many languages do you speak? 

A new year, a new school and a new journey

20 Sep

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Greetings from Lusaka, Zambia! I am now teaching English as an Additional Language (EAL) at the American International School of Lusaka where I also serve as the Grade 8 team leader and advisor. I am supporting a colleague, Ms. Conte, who teaches Grade 6 MYP Individuals and Societies (Social Studies), as she launches Out of Eden Learn this week. After a long summer, my hope is to write on my blog and to use this platform as a way to support my students and colleagues. Please stay in touch.

Mr. Martin

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Paul has a new article in the September National Geographic magazine. I am so happy to hear that he was able to spend some time at AISC. I hope you enjoyed his visit.

 

 

 

 

Last Week of School! Have a Great Summer! Goodbye AISC!

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End of the year class photos from Social Studies!

Photos from our last week of school: Reflecting on our learning, sharing work from our final project and our last Out of Eden Learn footstep, and saying goodbye.

Doyeon’s Out of Eden product was featured on Out of Eden Learn’s social media channels this week. Congratulations!

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It has been a memorable year! Stay in touch with me! Good luck next year in 7th grade! You can reach me at my new school address in Lusaka, Zambia: rmartin@aislusaka.org

Out of Eden – Documenting the Everyday

31 May

For our last activity of the school year in 6th grade Social Studies, we returned to Out of Eden Learn and to Learning Journey #1 (Documenting the Everyday). Here are the directions below and a few examples of videos made. More products will be added soon:

There are aspects of our everyday life that might be very interesting to other people but which might seem very “normal” to us. There may also be parts of our everyday lives that we usually don’t find time to notice. This is your chance to notice some new things and to share your observations with other people. Choose to focus on one of the following:

PLACE: Document everyday life in a place that you know.

PROCESS: Document how people in your community do something as part of their everyday lives. For example, you could focus on how a type of food or drink is prepared, how an object is made or repaired, or how someone goes about another kind of daily task or activity.

Moving On! – Sharing our work!

29 May

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Here are a few photos from students presenting their Moving On! projects to classmates this past week. Congratulations! We were quite impressed with you final product, research, and creativity. We will share your product with the teacher. 

– Mr. Martin and Mr. Nick

Out of Eden Learn – Congratulations, Pranav!

22 May

Congratulations to Pranav, whose photo and story was featured on Out of Eden Learn’s Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter sites. Great job!

 

Return your Textbook!

20 May

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Please return your textbook this week. The textbook should have your name on the inside cover and match the number that I wrote down. Please give me the book, and don’t just drop it off on my desk. Thanks!

Paul Salopek arrives in India

19 May

Milestone 55: Leaving Lahore from Out of Eden Walk on Vimeo.

Milestone 55 features Paul’s interview with the first person he meets when he arrives at milestone 55 in India, near Amritsar. You can read this story on this LINK.

An excerpt:

I met my new walking partner, the Indian nature photographer Arati Kumar Rao, at the militarized India-Pakistan border, and we walked almost 15 miles along the Grand Trunk Road to Amritsar. Amritsar is the spiritual capital of the Sikhs. Arati marched without complaint through her blisters on the boiling tarmac. When I offered to carry her pack, she nearly karate-chopped me in the neck.

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Paul always takes photos of his feet at every milestone (100 miles). This was a milestone moment for Mr. Martin meeting Paul. (Photo by Rob Martin)

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Paul and Don Belt conferencing with Delhi-based journalists about the stories they were writing for the workshop. (Photo by Rob Martin)

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Paul Salopek and me outside Karim’s Hotel and Restaurant in Old Delhi. (Photo by Rob Martin)

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Paul, Don and me at Karim’s. (Photo by Prem Panicker)

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Mr. Martin’s Out of Eden Walk in Old Delhi. (Photo by Rob Martin)

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A poster for the National Geographic workshop on Slow Journalism. (Photo by Rob Martin)

 

 

OOEL Planetary Health: Way to go, Karan!

10 May

Karan’s photo for our Out of Eden Learn Planetary Health club was featured today on Out of Eden’s social media sites – Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. With thousands of students in OOEL, it’s quite something to have your work featured. This is the information that Karan wrote about this particular photo:

During my neighborhood walk in Chennai, India, I saw a Coconut seller. Coconut water is really refreshing and is great to drink on hot days. As the Coconut grows, some of the Coconut water stays as Coconut water, but the other half of the Coconut water turns into a white type of pulp that is called Coconut meat. 94% of Coconut water is water which means it provides a lot of water which helps dehydration. However Coconut milk is a whole other thing . Coconut milk is made by adding water to the cut coconut meat. Usually, Coconut milk contains about 50% water. A Coconut takes about 10-12 months to fully grow. Coconut water comes from young Coconuts about 6-7 months old. Coconut water is very healthy and contains many nutrients.

Ask Karan to show you his other photos. They were really nice! Congratulations. 

 

Out of Eden Walk + Moving On! Project

9 May

Here are a few photos from Paul’s recent walk through Pakistan. He is now in India! Check your OOEL posts and see if anyone has left any comments or questions for you.

This week we are moving from part 2 (compare and contrast) to making your final product for our Diverse Places – Moving On! project. All of the related documents for this project are on PowerSchool. In class you will be making a final product for a teacher who is either moving to India or moving to another country. Keep up the good work!

May Birthdays

1 May

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Happy birthday to the following students celebrating a birthday this month: Mayuka (2), Neel (9), Lily (14), Safiyya (19), Ziad (20),and Saho (27). If I made an error or forgot someone, let me know I will correct it. Have a great day!

What Makes India Unique?

25 Apr

Incredible India! We are engaged in research for our final project, Diverse Places – Moving On! You have been comparing two places, one of them being India or more specifically, Chennai. I have lived in India for six years. Prior to moving here, I saw this first advertisement on TV and it sparked a lot of curiosity about life here. The second advertisement on this playlist is ‘incredible’ too. I have been fortunate to have travelled to many amazing places in India. What are some examples of geographic and cultural features that you see when you watch these two videos? 

Diverse Places – Moving on!

20 Apr

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This week we began our final unit of 6th grade Social Studies, Diverse Places – Moving On! Students, in groups, selected two places to compare and contrast. They will be conducting research on the two places and focus on three areas: History, Geography, and Economy. They will also answer the questions that departing or new teachers have given them. At the conclusion of the group project, students will create a product (brochure or video) on the place that the teacher is moving to. Some sample screenshots appear above this paragraph. Mr. Nick and I loved the workstation that Joao, Ayaan, Eunseong, and Shinnosuke created for their collaboration. 

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Twin Day for Mr. Nick and Mr. Martin?

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