My students are working since 3 weeks, By the help of ours (Teachers) they find out the main causes of Bangladesh as well as world.After that they find the solution from their own language. Now it is time to share the present condition of Bangladesh and participating countries so that the students can understand about own and compare with others.
Grade 9 students of our school shared their learning with Elizabeth’s year 7 students of Nairobi Academy Prep School, Nairobi. Students of both the schools apprised each other about the causes and effects of climate change in their country along with the possible solutions at the personal/local/global level. Our students also told their peers in Nairobi about production of compost in the school from dry scattered leaves lying waste in the campus as well as making handicrafts from recycled material. The students of Nairobi enumerated how they had banned plastic bags to safeguard the environment. Our school too has taken up this initiative of saying ‘No to plastic bags’. In this context we have got cloth bags stitched and if we see any visitor in the campus with a plastic bag we take the plastic bag and give that cloth bag in return hoping that these people will help in spreading our message further.
Climate Change is a huge problem, so huge that it has an entire UN SDG#13 to itself. Climate Action requires concerted effort by everyone. As we, students of DPS Bangalore South, work towards doing our bit for climate change, we invite your class to collaborate with us for synchronous mini projects in our classes focussing on the 3Rs (REduce-REuse-REcycle), keeping the environment clean, afforestation, vegetable gardening, celebrating festivals responsibly & saving flora & fauna.
Students of other section of Grade-VII joined hand in hand with 37 participating students. During 4th week, students shared their findings and the activities done by them with other students of different countries. They also visited SDM, Phagwara to file a petition for banning palstic bottles and bags in their city for the betterment of environment.
A skype session was conducted with the students of a school from Lahore, Pakistan under the guidance of their teacher Ms. Abeerah Jawed. the session was conducted on 26th day of October of 2017.
The students explored the answers of some of the questions frequently arising in context of Climate Change.The students shared their ideas on some of the solution to be taken by the individuals themselves which can prove to be a great step in preventing the climate change. It was an interactive session between the students of two differents institutions. A presentation made on Sway was also shared by our students on the solutions to prevent the Climate Change.
Students discovered waste management processes undertaken by Lahore Waste Management Company at the landfill sites. Students and presenters engaged in productive QandA sessions. Students gathered valuable information from the presenters.
BN middle school students shared their learning in a skype session with students from India!
Students discussed different solutions to climate change and shared their learning experiences.
Thanks to Ms Poonam Dogra and her students!
First we travelled to Egypt, where we were surorised about desertification and the rise of sea-level.
Next trip took us to India. We could just see more than 100 students, but in this moment the Wifi broke....
Third trip was to Macedonia and we listened to their stories. As the Wifi failed again, we worked via chat. What a nice trip!
When we entered Portugal, we had a very nice time together. We even played Kahoot!
Week 4 of our Climate Action Project consisted of preparation for and taking part in Skype Calls with schools in New Jersey and Dubai. We prepared by using our research over the previous three weeks of the project to collate topics to discuss with our partner schools.
Notes from the students of the Senior Room:
On Tuesday 24th October we Skyped New Jersey and the class of Michael Dunlea. Michael teaches seven and eight year olds in Tabernacle Elementary School in New Jersey. The students are learning Spanish. New Jersey was badly affected by Hurricane Sandy and four thousand houses were destroyed. In New Jersey after Sandy and because of the flood risk to houses people have to raise their houses by fifteen feet or else they won't get insured. The elderly and disabled people if they have a house like this they use an elevator to get up and down it costs lots of money to make the house higher and a lot to install the elevator.
They are studying Climate Change like our school. The school asked us some questions about what we are doing with the climate change project. After that we asked them some questions and what they do in their school. Their school is one of the best schools in their town because they are mindful of their water waste and reducing the waste of plastic.
It was 2:19pm in Clontuskert and 9:19am in New Jersey when we spoke to Mr. Dunlea's Class. That is a five hour time difference.
START is Stafford Teachers and Residents Together and this group was founded by Mr. Dunlea in response to the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.
On Wednesday 25th October we skyped into GEMS School in Dubai with Mrs. Shafaque Riaz. GEMS is also a Microsoft Showcase School. Professor Anne Dolan from Mary Immaculate College in Limerick joined us for the call and was very impressed with the work of the students who had prepared so well for the call.
Notes from the students of the Senior Room:
People in Dubai speak Arabic. Many of the parents work in the airport which is near GEMS School. They have more they four thousand pupils in their school. They have one hundred and five different nationalities. During our call to Dubai it was 37 degrees. They have a lot of traffic every day in Dubai.
When the students were researching for the Climate Action Project they found that they have had more sandstorms this summer and they predict they are going to have more rain in winter.
They have a Minster for Climate Change in Dubai like we do in Ireland.
They reuse water from the buses after they wash them.
School starts at 7:30 in the morning and ends at 4 o 'clock. There are testing flying cars and self - driving cars in Dubai. They are trying to put the right thing into the right bins. Every month they go to the beach to clean it.
The children were not in the classroom at the time so we did not get to meet them.
Mrs. Riaz showed us some photos of Dubai and she asked us questions about Ireland. We told her about Hurricane Ophelia and what we have been doing in Clontuskert to help stop climate change.
We told her about the bins and about the green school and what we do. There national sport is football.
We spoke to Mrs. Riaz for forty minutes.
Portuguese students from Espinho, Portugal, talked to several other classes all over the world: Raihana Haque, Bhairab, Bangladesh; Kylee Babish, Pennsylvania, USA; Vickie Morgado, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada; Lucrecia Higueros, Retalhuleu, Guatemala; and Tamata Truaz, Washington State, USA.
As a result of surveying all students via Forms we have decided to produce a calendar for 2018 for our families and local political representatives. Photographs have been prepared, we just need to confirm how we will proceed from here. We are also very interested in planting trees so that will be another activity we want to complete before the end of the school year in December. 60% of the students in my class have indicated that they would like to do something like this again, and they were all pleased to be working with students in so many countries to improve the world that we share. For my part as teacher, I have been pushed to master a number of new skills which will be transferrable to all aspects of my work. My 10 second video for Koen is still coming as I had recorded great video but no sound! Forms, Sway and Office Mix have all been used in a manner that has increased my knowledge.
The Mixes I have made will be upgraded to Microsoft Stream format and the links shared in the appropriate week of this site. This will make our work accessible beyond May 2018 when Office Mix is being retired!
My students were divided into groups and each group had to choose two or three schools in different parts of the world and follow their work. In Power Point presentations, they made summaries of the work done by the other participating schools.
We started to think our proposal with a comic strip we created. The strip shows different moments of our daily routine in the school with possible climate actions. These actions are related to our visit to "Punto Limpio".