Reprinted from the Village Charter School (Trenton, NJ) newsletter, Jan. 27, 2012
"Technology teacher Deanne McBeath gives us a glimpse into how the ongoing iEARN project, Finding Solutions to Hunger, at VCS exceeds the requirement of the NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards for English language arts and literacy in social studies, science, and technical subjects.
"The goal of the iEARN project is to open the students' eyes to hunger in the world. Students are learning what constitutes a 'global issue,' how to communicate and collaborate with other cultures, and develop excellent research and problem-solving skills in this online, collaborative learning environment."
"The students learned how to make animations to illustrate the information they found when investigating the causes of hunger, and developed essential research and critical thinking skills. In addition, our students learned to analyze the material on the issue of hunger, as it exists in both their community and in the world, by reading and analyzing stories by different authors.
"We sent teddy bears to a school in Kenya, and in the process learned what can happen when food is sent to other countries. Our teddy bear gifts were held at the post office for an exorbitant 'fee' that the school in Kenya could not afford to pay. We held a fundraiser to help that school pay the fee, and we learned what it was like when rebels held up UN aid to countries suffering from a food crisis. Our fifth-grade class created a book based on a story about the bears sent to us from the Igwamati Primary School in Kenya."