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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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Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 17, 2014 4:31 PM

This another fantastic example of people in areas of little and poverty making due with that they have on hand. While many in America can imagine life without our modern necessities in fact both historically and contemporary people have always determined ways to get the fullest extent out of the materials at hand. This video shows how innovation and some common good is able to help the whole community. We in the Western World can definitely learn a few things from situations such as this.   

Jacob Crowell's curator insight, December 17, 2014 10:49 PM

Poverty stricken areas are filled with very intelligent and skilled people who are trapped in their economic status. These solar bottles show how creative people can be no matter where they come from. Furthermore, these types of innovations show how the sadness of living in poverty can be lifted a small amount with recycling and creativity.

Kendra King's curator insight, April 13, 9:18 PM

This is such a fantastic idea. Once again, in an area that is forced to adapt people will. Here  the “Solar Demi” was able to work within his environment to come up with an alternate way to light homes. It is great that he is doing this given how it affects the areas health and productivity.

Some people in the United States may think this contraption beneath them though. However, I also think that in some ways this is a better form of energy for places that have the access to solar light. I know that most electric lighting in our country uses some form of fossil fuel, which impacts the environment in an adverse manner when used too much. Since the ozone layer is already doing poorly, areas that are trying to develop would just as more harm to the equation. So I love this, not just for the creativity but also because it seems to be more economically friendly.

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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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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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Hector Alonzo's curator insight, November 9, 2014 9:27 PM

This video is interesting, in that, this comedian is tackling the subject of multiple cultures in the Middle East. Maz Jobrani illustrates the cultural differences between countries and how the Middle East is portrayed in the Western media, as a very serious society who never has any fun, but it shows the entire crowd (which was diverse) laughing and not fitting into that media stereotype.

Lena Minassian's curator insight, March 22, 3:56 PM

This video was great to watch. I watched this in class and had to write about it. Humor is a great way to shed light on certain topics that can be really heavy. This comedian is middle eastern himself which makes it better for him to talk about these topics. Many individuals don't know the lighter side to middle eastern people just because all they see is negative aspects of the culture. I enjoyed that he could talk about serious topics and have a room full of people not only laughing at it but being educated at the same time. People don't feel like they're being strictly taught because they're watching a comedian give a show. Being middle eastern myself, i found this video great because raising awareness and allowing more insight about the middle east is a powerful thing when it has always has a negative context. 

Jacob Conklin's curator insight, May 6, 4:42 PM

"I never knew these people laughed." This is perhaps one of the most sad things that could be said. It dehumanizes the middle east in a very cruel way. It implies that people in the middle east do not have any sense of humor and are always serious about everything. Like the United States, there are times to be serious, but there are also times to laugh. The media and even the film industry in the US portrays the middle east as Sodom and Gomorra and the people from the area as misogynistic religious fanatics. It is truly sad that we live in a world where prejudices trump openness and acceptance.      

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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?