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Priscilla Ng'oma is a standard eight pupil at Kavikula primary school. The girl who was married to one Mr Nyirenda for a period of eight months was re-admitted as a standard seven pupil at the school in 2012-2013 academic ...
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Elevation Income Success Stories - "Financial Education For Women..."

This woman knew something was wrong with the economy, and started her own business educating women on finances because of what she learned in Elevation Incom...
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This is very important in developing economies, where women are starting businesses with micro finance, sometimes with the information they need to succeed financially.

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Pre-Kraziness

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Way back in 2000, the United Nations went through an elaborate process of setting “millennium development goals” for the world.
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Persuasive argument re the basis of prioritising pre school as the highest impact educational measure based on one study using US data. And it ignores gender parity and the availability of schools post kindergarten.

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London's Girl Summit: a day for change? | Women's Views on News

London's Girl Summit: a day for change? | Women's Views on News | Girl's Education | Scoop.it
The Girl Summit taking place in London on 22 July is bringing together women, girls and community leaders from the UK and other countries, alongside governments, international non-governmental organisations like Plan and representatives from the...
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Easy for those of us who never had to fear it. Let's stand in solidarity with women campaigning against FGM. Still think it doesn't matter? Imagining them coming for your or your daughter.

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Why Storytelling in the Classroom Matters

Why Storytelling in the Classroom Matters | Girl's Education | Scoop.it
Teachers, by their nature, are storytellers. You can improve this skillset with seven steps for engaging younger students through narrative.

Via Sean Corcoran
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A really significant resource, especially for those teaching I. Africa who have never had teacher training.

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Sean Corcoran's curator insight, July 13, 4:54 AM

The power of narratives. The power of storytelling.

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10 Roles For Artificial Intelligence In Education

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10 Roles For Artificial Intelligence In Education

Via David Mainwood / EFL SMARTblog
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If we want children to learn to think creatively and critically, we are going to need live teachers.  AI could well be a most useful teacher's aide. Despite Isaac Asimov, I think the inspiration a teacher can offer a child will hard, if not impossible to replicate in a robot. I can't imagine it offering a smile of encouragement, a sparkle in the eye that says,  "well done" without a word spoken.

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Is Online Learning Right for Me? (Infographic)

Is Online Learning Right for Me? (Infographic) | Girl's Education | Scoop.it
This infographic clearly explains the pros and cons of online learning.

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Miloš Bajčetić's curator insight, May 1, 1:16 AM

Online Learning:


Pros:

Minimal Life Interruptions

No Travel Time/Cost

Convenience

Flexibility

Overall Cost

Accessibility


Cons:

No Instructor Face-Time

Negative Reputation or Perception

Technology Requirements

Limited Support

No Campus Atmosphere

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Time to end child marriage - CNN (blog)

Time to end child marriage - CNN (blog) | Girl's Education | Scoop.it
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Time to end child marriage
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It is part of a sequence of discrimination that begins at a girl's birth and continues throughout her entire life. ...
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We need to substitute education for child marriage. 

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Disappointed NGOs slam Australia's aid cut details - Devex

Disappointed NGOs slam Australia's aid cut details - Devex | Girl's Education | Scoop.it
Disappointed NGOs slam Australia's aid cut details Devex It is the world's poorest people — in many of Australia's neighboring countries — who will feel the brunt of these decisions,” Joanna Lindner Pradela, acting executive director of the...
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First our treatment of refugees, now this. How do we celebrate Australia Day with a free heart?

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Ethical Chic: How Women Can Change The Fashion Industry - Forbes

Ethical Chic: How Women Can Change The Fashion Industry - Forbes | Girl's Education | Scoop.it
Ethical Chic: How Women Can Change The Fashion Industry
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Are their communities healthy?
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Something we all need to know..

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Enjoy A Book: Remedies for Reluctant Readers

Enjoy A Book: Remedies for Reluctant Readers | Girl's Education | Scoop.it

"A book review blog with a literacy lean. Contemporary young adult, middle-grade, nonfiction, literary fiction--there's something here for everyone!"


Via Heather Stapleton
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I love reading yet I have grandchildren who don't enjoy it. And I know there are children and adults everywhere like that. So this blog might be of help. Also those wishing to improve their English and looking for books that will reward their effort.

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Heather Stapleton's curator insight, January 16, 6:21 PM

Great posts on promoting reading, literacy, book reviews, readers advisory and more!

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Let's Stop Designing Education and Evolve It | Center For Global ...

Let's Stop Designing Education and Evolve It | Center For Global ... | Girl's Education | Scoop.it
“The Rebirth of Education” by Lant Pritchett is a must read for anyone who is thinking about social services of any kind. The book specifically addresses education, but the core argument is to think beyond improving education ...
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Interesting concept. Hard to implement in established systems. However, for developing countries, it might have the potential for an evolutionary  leap forward.

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Evidence of ELearning’s Positive Impact | LearnDash

Evidence of ELearning’s Positive Impact | LearnDash | Girl's Education | Scoop.it
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This is an interesting initiative and it certainly seems to have potential. In this trial, solar power was made available to children. So any educational project based on this model would need to integrate the provision of solar power or some other inexpensive source  to power the tablets.

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UN children's expert praises Canada's focus on fighting forced marriage of girls - Ottawa Citizen

UN children's expert praises Canada's focus on fighting forced marriage of girls - Ottawa Citizen | Girl's Education | Scoop.it
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UN children's expert praises Canada's focus on fighting forced marriage of girls
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Pakistani girls perform during the annual sports day in Kinnaird college in Lahore on February 15, 2013, on its 100th anniversary.
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May 2014 see other countries come on board as Canada has done.

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Women's education in Afghanistan threatened

Improving women's education is considered one of the stand out successes in Afghanistan since the invasion of international forces in 2001. But as foreign tr...
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This is very worrying. Such minimal gains as have been made can so easily be lost.

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Building a post-2015 world fit for young women and girls | Post2015 ...

Building a post-2015 world fit for young women and girls | Post2015 ... | Girl's Education | Scoop.it
When a girl in a developing country receives seven or more years of education she marries on average four years later and has two fewer children. Studies have also shown that an additional year of schooling for girls ...
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Our visits to India and Africa showed the truth of these figures. 

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10 Rules for Students, Teachers, and Life by John Cage and Sister Corita Kent

10 Rules for Students, Teachers, and Life by John Cage and Sister Corita Kent | Girl's Education | Scoop.it
"Nothing is a mistake. There's no win and no fail, there's only make."

Buried in various corners of the web is a beautiful and poignant l

Via David Mainwood / EFL SMARTblog
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As always, apply what speaks to you and ignore the rest.. We think there are some good rules for life here, not aimply education.

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7 Tenets of Creative Thinking

7 Tenets of Creative Thinking | Girl's Education | Scoop.it
In school, we learn about geniuses and their ideas, but how did they get those ideas? What are the mental processes, attitudes, work habits, behaviors, and beliefs that enable creative geniuses to vi

Via Sean Corcoran
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Parents as well as teachers could implement these tenets to help their children approach problem solving in new ways. And failure will be an option. It's the only way to learn what will work.

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Good tenets for students and (and teachers) for creative thinking.

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E-mail Pedagogy and the Cascade Effect

E-mail Pedagogy and the Cascade Effect | Girl's Education | Scoop.it
Virtual channels like e-mail can be our voice in an online classroom. They’re one important way we have direct interactions with students. When we go silent on these channels, it’s like staring in ...
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This is a great article, and of immense use to teachers in the developing world who are using email both to teach and learn.

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Worried About How Many Words Per Minute Your Child Can Read?  Don't Be!

Worried About How Many Words Per Minute Your Child Can Read?  Don't Be! | Girl's Education | Scoop.it
Worried about how many words per minute your child can read?  Don't be.  That's really not the most important thing when deciding how good of a reader your child is (or isn't).  While a basic...

Via Malachy Scullion
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Very good adive on how to help your children read and the skills that matter.

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Google Lit Trips: Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Google Lit Trips: Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day | Girl's Education | Scoop.it
“But, how do you know if an ending is truly good for the characters unless you traveled
with them through every page?

Via GoogleLitTrips Reading List
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How great it this. I think being able to follow characters on their journey would be awesome. But I love fantasy, so unless the author provides maps I guess I am still stuck.

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22 January 2014

Imagine my surprise when Kristen Pavese, author of this article begins by responding to the quote  above from Shannon Hale's Midnight in Austenland with...

 

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"If only the character in Shannon Hale's novel had heard about Google Lit Trips, she would have known that this is in fact, possible!. Google Lit Trips is a free resource that allows readers to virtually follow the journey of literary characters via Google Earth...These pre-created trips place readers inside the story so they can see for themselves the path that characters have followed and experience the sights they have seen. Pop-up windows at each location provide the reader with different resources that stimulate higher level reading skills - discussion starters, links for further information, videos, etc. These resources bring about a fuller understanding of the text while establishing real world connections the reader can learn about for himself."

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Pavese,  then points to the Google Lit Trip for Elizabeth Partridge's "Marching for Freedom" as an example that might be quite appropriate in light of our remembrance of the life of Martin Luther King jr. 

 

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"The site offers a pre-created trip for "Marching for Freedom" by Elizabeth Partridge. Partridge tells the true story of the children who chose to join Dr. King on the march from Selma to Washington during the Civil Rights Movement in 1965. The trip outlines the 5 day march, giving students a visualization of the path the participants took, where they stopped, and what happened on each day. The pop-ups provide videos that make students feel as if they went on the march themselves – including speeches by MLK and LBJ, as well as a video of the actual marching. Among other things, the pop-ups also include links to documents that will give the readers background information (like the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and MLK’s principles of non-violence), discussion questions, and notes from the author."

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I must say that when Elizabeth Partridge contacted me to suggest that perhaps the book she was about to publish might make a good Lit Trip, I was stunned to say the least. An actual author contacting me?? Wow! The Google Lit Trips project had reached beyond any expectations I'd ever had for the project.

 

And, in collaborating with Elizabeth in the months before the publication of her book, the entire title being, Marching For Freedom: Walk Together Children, and Don't You Grow Weary," I found myself up close and personal with a portion of the Civil Rights story that I had not been deeply aware of although I had been convinced that I had known quite a bit about Civil Rights Movement. 

 

When we stumbled across actual video clips of the march posted on YouTube, I was more than intrigued by the mysterious description of the footage reading...

 

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"A powerful and recently rediscovered film made during the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march for voting rights. Stefan Sharff's intimate documentary reflects his youthful work in the montage style under the great Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein. The film features moving spirituals. Marchers include Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King."

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It was nearly impossible for me to believe that in 2009 there was film to be "rediscovered." And then I noticed that the footage had been posted by "YouTube user: BTSharf, the son of the film's director.and one of the film's cameramen. 

 

I contacted  Mr. Sharf: in pursuit of permission to include the footage in the Marching for Freedom Lit Trip. I received this reply...

 

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"Re: requesting permission to use videos 09/08/09

You certainly have permission to embed this video. We would appreciate it. This is a document that should be seen, the more traffic the better.

Send me a link.

Billy "

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As we continued to work on the Marching for Freedom Lit Trip, being able to take the journey of the march and learning more about the "back story" than I had managed to gather even in my own fairly deep following of the actual events in the news, magazines, and television reports at the time of the march, and at the same time learning much more about the Elizabeth Partridge's back story personal journey in researching the "stories behind the story" of the march, it became clearer than ever that creating learning experiences that somehow virtualize the experience of traveling alongside the characters and people in their own life journeys had a way of personalizing the learning  experience that is much more engaging and therefore much more informative than can be acheived when the "story" is reduced to the pages alloted for such historically momentous events in history books, or in newscasts, and magazine articles. 

 

There is a kind of access to the truth of the "character of the characters"  as well as the "character of the people" if we are able to "travel with them" as author Shannon Hale points out in the quote from her book used by Pavese as a starting point for her article.

 

And I realized that whether one is reading fiction, historical fiction or non-fiction, there is a bringing together in the same space of the reader and the events portrayed, that is essentially a virtual travel along. And, this engagement makes it possible to not only "know" the events, but to actually "feel" the events, to empathize with the conditions and motivations and dilemmas of choice faced by the characters and people as if we were there walking right along side them.

 

When Elizabeth and I reached the end of the development of the Marching for Freedom Lit Trip, where we took the reader to "virtually witness" the incredible speech given by Martin Luther King Jr. at the Alabama State Capitol,  only one block beyond Martin Luther King's Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, we found a video clip from that lesser known, speech, but perhaps at least as eloquent, as the "I Have a Dream" speech.

 

Martin Luther King Jr, did not actually name his speeches, but this one is sometimes known as the "How Long? Not Long!" speech. As we brought readers through Elizabeth's retelling of the story while taking them on the long march both in text and in the virtual reality of Google Earth, the video clip is viewed within the context of having "virtually marched alongside" the marchers after multiple failed attempts to begin, having "virtually been there with the marchers" as they were beaten on one attempt to cross the imfamous Pettus Bridge, having marched in peace as helicopters buzzed above and various "law enforecement troops "protected and intimidated" the marchers, having faced the possible dangers ahead as they passed through some of the most notoriously violent and racist areas along the way,  having walked past the actual church where Martin Luther King jr was and had been the pastor for 20 years, in a sense having reached the end of the march "virtually exhausted" yet proud of surviving the intimidation and fears, and challenges of the march as though we had been there, it became clear that we were experiencing that speech from within a very different context than when we only read the speech from within the context of the very few pages devoted to the entire Civil Rights Movement in history books or the few days devoted to the entire Civil Rights Movement  in history classroom lectures and discussions where hundreds of years of history must be taught and learned in the matter of one or two semesters,, or from within the context of our livingrooms watching three-minute annual newscasts including only the briefest of video excerpts of original coverage of the entire Civil Rights Movement on Martin Luther King Day or from within the context of the recognition that preparing for the all important "test  on Chapter ____" in the history text is too often perceived as being the primary value of the brief encounter with importance of information about the Civil Rights Movement.

 

I can't help but also mention that building a Lit Trip is a journey in itself. As Elizabeth and I worked on the "Marching for Freedom" Lit Trip, she shared her behind the scenes stories that she discovered on her research journey that took her to places between and beyond Selma and Montgomery as she interviewed many of the actual participants to discover their individual and shared back stories. In sharing those with me and with her readers, I was not only reminded of my clear recollection of the events as I knew them, but I also learned how little I really knew about a subject I thought I'd paid particularly close attention to at the time. 

 

Ironically, though President Johnson's greatest legacy may have been his signing of the Civil Rights Bill Act of 1964, I had not seen anything beyond the sound bites of his incredible speech at the time. I realized after seeing that entire speech, that my opinion of President Johnson had been based too heavily upon my concerns that he "was no Jack Kennedy, that he was a hardball politician who appeared to be quite at ease employing tactics I perceived as having questionable ethics as well as questionable motives in order to get what he wanted, and that he was unable or perhaps less interested in resolving the Vietnam war conflict that he had inherited from multiple previous presidents;  an earily familiar sounding predicament today.

 

And while working with Elizabeth and discovering President Johnson's speech in its entirety, I came to realize that in my youth I had not allowed these very negative perceptions of President Johnson to be tempered at least a bit by the side he showed in the Civil Rights work he helped bring to fruition.

 

In discovering the entire version of his speech online, I came to realize that as a president from the south where remnants of the influence of pro-segregationist Dixicrat party still held signficant sway in the Democratic party, Johnson's speech represented not just a expression of Democratic support for the Civil Rights Movement, but also an act of extreme political and personal courage.

 

In conclusion, Shannon Hale, speaking no doubt of other matters, nailed a truth about "knowing." We can not know the truth about characters and the universal truths they represent about humanity in the "real world" until we travel with them through their journeys, at least as much as we can in the course of becoming aware of what it is to become not merely human beings but also humane beings. And, in the case of the Civil Rights Movement as well as perhaps all human activity, it is equaly important walk in the shoes of others through both fictionand nonfiction in order to discover what the forces are behind those who become inhumane beings.

 

 

 ~ www.GoogleLitTrips.com ~

Google Lit Trips is the fictitious business name for GLT Global ED, now an official 501c3 tax-exempt educational nonprofit

 

 

 

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World must make ending child marriage a priority – report - Thomson Reuters Foundation (blog)

World must make ending child marriage a priority – report - Thomson Reuters Foundation (blog) | Girl's Education | Scoop.it
World must make ending child marriage a priority – report
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Krishna, 14, sits with her baby in her village in the northwestern state of Rajasthan. She married her husband when she was 11.
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Exciting Girls about Science and Engineering - Science Buddies Blog

Exciting Girls about Science and Engineering - Science Buddies Blog | Girl's Education | Scoop.it
RT @stephaniefalla: Exciting Girls about Science and Engineering http://t.co/dAu42YpyOm #education
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Love innovation that teaches girls science can be fun.

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"Gender Equality Is a Myth!" by Beyonce

"Gender Equality Is a Myth!" by Beyonce | Girl's Education | Scoop.it
By Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn’t a reality yet. Today, women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but the average working woman earns only 77 percent of what the average working man makes.

Via David Mainwood / EFL SMARTblog
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Well said Beyoncé. And if that is true for the US, how much more so for countries that do not even give lip service to gender equality.

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Sugata Mitra TED 2013 winning talk - YouTube

Read More here ~ http://bit.ly/XcKalA Education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education -- the best teachers and schools don...
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Brilliant lecture on future of learning. My only problem was he never got to explain how you teach children discernment about information on the web.

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Priscilla Ng'oma is a standard eight pupil at Kavikula primary school. The girl who was married to one Mr Nyirenda for a period of eight months was re-admitted as a standard seven pupil at the school in 2012-2013 academic ...
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