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Video: Fighting Poverty with Ingenuity

I absolutely love creative, out-of-the-box, innovative people! People who use their creativity to make a difference in the World.... Incredible! "We want to ...


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Rebecca Farrea's curator insight, December 5, 2013 10:30 AM

This video is truly amazing and so interesting.  I wonder how people come up with the idea to put the water and bleach in a soda bottle to create light in very dark homes.  Just getting people in the United States to properly recycle their soda bottles is difficult enough, nevermind getting people to think outside of the box and create new innovations that save money and really work.  The man who created these light sources is seen as a true hero in this area because he has helped so many.  This video is incredible and is really telling of what people are able to do to help others if they just put in the time.

Lauren Stahowiak's curator insight, April 16, 6:13 PM

Turning trash into treasure is the simplest way to describe this phenomenon.  Soda bottles are easily turned into light bulbs in areas that do not receive much natural light. This alternative to electricity is perfect for an area of low income. They are able to get more done and keep costs down low while getting rid of water bottles at the same time.

Paige Therien's curator insight, April 24, 1:09 PM

Manila is one of the largest cities in the Phillippines, an archipelago consisting of more than 7,000 islands.  In terms of infrastructure, one huge problem that an archipelago like the Phillippines has to deal with is getting electricity to span over the entrie country and reach all of it's citizens.  One way of "solving" this is by not doing anything at all; as a result,  millions in Manila live in darkness.  This probably has negative effects in terms of mental health and limits people to doing things outside and in times of daylight.  One man is turning this around by installing plastic water bottles filled with water and bleach into people's ceilings.  They offer quite a bit of illumination and they are changing people's lives.  This idea would be laughed at in places like the United States.  In Manila however, not only are they completely recycling bottles which are imported from different countries and then take up room and add to pollution, they are easily and economically addressing a huge need in the country.  The houses, which are built using corregated metal, allow the technical aspect of this idea to work.

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 40+ Great Moodle Tutorials for Teachers and Students

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 40+ Great Moodle Tutorials for Teachers and Students | ESL Education |

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A Handy Guide to Everything Teachers Need to Know about Edmodo

A Handy Guide to Everything Teachers Need to Know about Edmodo | ESL Education |

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Rescooped by Esl Aecp from Geography Education!

Using Humor to Learn

Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani takes to the TEDxSummit stage in Doha, Qatar to take on serious issues in the Middle East -- like how many kisses to give when saying “Hi,” and what not to say on an American airplane.

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Ryan Amado's curator insight, December 11, 2013 4:18 AM

This comedian sure does his best job at showing that the Middle East is not the chaotic war zone we see on American television every day, and what a better place to do it in than Qatar, a place where he would have a very diverse audience.  He made light of each race in the audience, drawing laughs instead of slander. He made jokes about Lebanese, Qataris, Saudis, and Iranians, amongst others.  This really broke many of the stereotypes that exist about people of Middle Eastern descent in our society. Instead of seeing them protesting or fighting amongst themselves, we see them enjoying each other’s company just as every race in America does every day.  

Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, March 14, 11:45 AM

This comedian is very funny and he is right middle easterners are not seen t be funny in western media.  It is important to see that everyone like to laugh and that we are all the same.

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 3:20 PM

This is actual comical. Learning can be boring to some people while learning in fun ways can be awesome. He uses funny ways of telling people what to do and not to do and it works for the crowd.

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Camtasia Studio 7 Video Editing & Screencasting Software

Camtasia Studio 7 Video Editing & Screencasting Software | ESL Education |

Sometimes you have your Power Point slides all laid out, with audio cues and transitions... and then you get into the lecture hall and everything goes haywire, and none of it works as smoothly as you'd hoped. You can avoid this scenario entirely by using Camtasia's built-in compatibility with Power Point, and "animate" your presentation, turning it into a video.

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Telling Stories with Maps | Esri Insider

Telling Stories with Maps | Esri Insider | ESL Education |

"So where do maps fit in the storytelling realm? I recently spoke with Allen Carroll, who left National Geographic about a year ago and is now ArcGIS Online Content Program Manager at Esri, about Story Maps—a new initiative he’s working on with David Asbury, Lee Bock, and Stephen Sylvia to integrate storytelling and maps."


Can you tell stories with maps? Yes you can!


OK -- I love maps. I'm a geographer at heart. I love reading them and finding all the tiniest back roads to travel.


Here is a terrific interview with Exec. VP & Chief Cartographer at National Geographic Maps about their story and map initiative. He explains what they are doing and how storytelling through maps can happen. It is another creative twist on visual storytelling and infographics.


Even better, check out this link for actual examples: ;


Is it classic traditional storytelling?'s kind of borderline. But does it work? Oftentimes yes.


Now what the heck can this do for a business? Well, think about your biz stories and how they could be charted on a map. Add a map to your About Page to visually represent your journey. Add a map to your Founding Story so we can see it visually.


I bet you will come up with several more ideas!


Go read the article and check out the examples and let me know which ones you like best :)


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at ;

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Seth Dixon's comment, July 3, 2013 4:29 PM
I'm a HUGE fan of ESRI's story map templates and a way to create interactive maps.
Karen Dietz's comment, July 3, 2013 5:08 PM
How fabulous Seth! When and how have you used them?