MY HERO Global Learning Circles Update: February 22

Hello to all Participants: MHM1, MHM2, MHH1 and MHCA!

Just a reminder: Your Class Survey should be posted by the end of the week.  If you have not finished it, please try to send it as soon as possible.  It is important to keep up with the pace of the circles to get the most out of them. If you are still working on your survey, it would be helpful if you would send a message to your group to let them know when you will be sending it.

There are many different ways to send your Class Survey.  The purpose of this task is to share some information about your students, school, and community.  You can send your information in any cross platform form that you wish.

Please remember, that the Class Survey template is a starting point for you to share some cultural information about your students, school, and community.  You are free to add to it and be as creative as you wish.  In the past, some teachers have added additional information, included pictures, created PowerPoints, produced movies, and even recorded podcasts!  The limit is your time and creativity.

If you have already sent your Class Survey, please share the other surveys with your students.  You are encouraged to respond to the surveys.  Let your students investigate and ask questions of your Circle partners.  Also, you may send supplementary information if your want to share more of your local culture and country.  This cultural exchange of information is very exciting for students.  Please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.

Below are some creative examples that have already been posted by participants in other circles:

Harmeet Kaur from India: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvDOUNI1qv8&feature=youtu.be

Khuzama AlMomai from Jordan

Dumitru Grusca from Moldova:

http://iearnlc.weebly.com/class-survey.html

PLEASE MAKE SURE TO MAKE USE OF THIS LINK: www.myhero.com/learningcircles

You can access your iEARN forums by clicking on your button, MHM1, MHM2, MHH1 or MHCA!

DOWNLOAD the TIMELINE/checklist which helps to keep you on track with your tasks.

And check out the other info buttons as well as the weekly update… NOTE you can scroll down to see what you may have missed.

 

A Few Notes:

1. Barry is ready to open the student forums.  Right now would be a good time to make sure all your students are registered in your iEARN account.  To register students, go to your Member Dashboard and choose Student Management.  On the left hand side you will see a link that reads Manually Register Students.  You will need to register each student one at a time.

There are good tutorial in the iEARN Collaboration Centre on how to add students to your teacher account: http://tutorials.iearn.org/tutorial/add-students/

It is very important that students are registered before Barry opens the forums.  The task is more difficult for him after the forums have been opened.

2.  Please stay in touch with your Circle Members on a regular basis. Send an email periodically, even if it is to only to say, “Hi.”  It is also polite to respond to messages.  Nothing is more discouraging than sharing information with a group and then having absolutely no response.

I am looking forward to reading your Class Surveys,

Wendy

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Learning Circles

myhero.com/learningcircles

wendy@myheroproject.org

https://www.youtube.com/myhero

FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/MyHeroProject

Twitter @myhero

 

 

 

 

MY HERO Global Learning Circles Update: February 14

Happy Valentine’s Day To All Circle Participants;

What a great opening! The number of messages exchanged over the past two weeks has been impressive.  At this point we have over 90 eager and active classrooms in 10 groups ready to participate in Learning Circles, 29 of them I 4 MY HERO circles. Most teachers have already met their Circle partners and have posted a Teacher Hello Message. If you have not done so, please post a message in your Learning Circle group forum and join in the introduction discussion.

Now it is time for you and your students to put together your MY HERO Class Surveys.  There are many different ways to send your Class Survey.  The purpose of this task is for your students to share some information about themselves, their school, and their community.  Please remember that the survey is all about your students.  Please allow them to fill it out – it is not about what teachers think – it’s about your students.  You can send your information in any cross platform presentation that you wish.

Please remember, that this template is a starting point for your students to share cultural information.  You are free to add to it and be as creative as you wish.  In the past, some schools have added additional information, included photographs, created PowerPoints, produced movies, and even recorded podcasts!  The limit is your time and creativity.

At this time our goal is to continue to exchange cultural information, learn about other, and share our daily lives.

I have attached the WORD doc of the CLASS SURVEY again.

You can send your Class Survey as an attachment to any message posted to your Circle.  Attachments that are around 2 MB or less will be automatically distributed with your email notifications.  Larger files will be posted in your Circle Media Center.  You should receive a link message to download the attachment. The file size limit in the Collaboration Centre is 32 MB.  Please try to reduce the size of photos and video files.

A Few Notes:

1.  Please remember there are three different ways to post messages.  You can post a message in your discussion forum, you can send a message directly to your group email address, or you can reply to a message that you have received:

*My Hero Middle/Elementary School: lc2017s1-mhm1@collaborate.iearn.org 

*My Hero Middle School: lc2017s1-mhm2@collaborate.iearn.org 

*My Hero High School: lc2017s1-mhh1@collaborate.iearn.org 

*My Hero Call to Action: lc2017s1-mhca1@collaborate.iearn.org 

2. In the iEARN Collaboration Centre, Barry cannot change the email address where your messages are sent, but you can change you iEARN email address at any time.  In order to do this, go to your Member Dashboard and choose My Account.  The place where you change your email address is near the top.

3. There are TWO websites in the MY HERO Global Learning circles. MY HERO and iEARN. You can access BOTH by going to and bookmarking this link:

www.myhero.com/learningcircles Remember you can also access your IEARN forum by clicking on it at this url. MHM1, MHM2, MHH1 OR MHCA1

4. We are hoping to open the student forums as soon as we finish the Class Surveys.  This week would be a good time to register all the students you want to participate in the student forums.  You will need to do this through your iEARN account.  To register students go to your Member Dashboard and choose Student Management.  On the left hand side you will see a link that reads Manually Register Students.  You will need to register each student one at a time.

It is very important that students are registered before we open the forums.  The task is more difficult for BARRY after the forums have been opened.  We will be sending around a message with special instructions for the Student Forums when they are ready to be opened.

5.  Please stay in touch with your Circle Members on a regular basis. Send an email periodically, even if it is to only to say, “Hi.”  Tell everyone what is going on in your classroom and send photographs.  The more you share about your students, your classroom, and yourself, the more exciting your Learning Circle experience will be for everyone.  It is also polite to respond to messages.  Nothing is more discouraging than sharing information with a group and then having absolutely no response.

We are off to an excellent start!  

Keep the momentum going,

Wendy

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Learning Circles

myhero.com/learningcircles

wendy@myheroproject.org

https://www.youtube.com/myhero

FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/MyHeroProject

Twitter @myhero

 

 

MY HERO Global Learning Circles off to a GREAT START! February 9, 2017

Due to popular demand we’ve created another CIRCLE for a total of 4!

MHM1 now consists of 7 elementary and middle school classes from Moldova, Russia, Taiwan and India

MHM2 now consists of 8 middle school classes from Moldova, Jordan, USA, Sierra Leone, Russia and New Zealand.

MHH1 – 6 high school classes from Ecuador, Moldova, India, USA and Georgia

MHCA1 – CALL TO ACTION – 6 classes from Ecuador, Moldova, India, USA and Georgia

PLEASE MAKE USE OF THIS URL: www.myhero.com/learningcircles as you can access BOTH websites from this url. iEARN and MY HERO. You can access your FORUM by clicking either, MHM1, MHM2, MHH1 or MHCA1. Make sure to DOWNLOAD the TIMELINE/CHECKLIST which will help you to keep track of the weekly tasks. And you can also check out the SLIDE DECK telling other teachers and students thoughts about participating, How to Choose a Hero essay and Past Learning Circles Results.

I have attached the MY HERO CLASS SURVEY to complete and post in your FORUMS. Please complete that in the next week, as well as watching and sharing this 2 minute:

MY HERO PROMO VIDEO

http://myhero.com/films/view.asp?film=themyheroproject

SHARE  the website with your students to visit and explore on their own time as well. www.myhero.com Stories, Art, Short Films and Audio.

You can also check out our YouTube channel and please subscribe.

https://www.youtube.com/myhero

Again, Welcome to all new and returning teachers. Let’s have some fun and get inspired.

I am here to help.

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Learning Circles

myhero.com/learningcircles

wendy@myheroproject.org

https://www.youtube.com/myhero

FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/MyHeroProject

Twitter @myhero

WELCOME to The MY HERO Global Learning Circles next session!!!

 

JANUARY 2017 – MAY 2017

 

We have 3 very diverse circles this session:

 

MHM1 – 10 elementary and middle school classes from Moldova, USA, Jordan, Sierra Leone, India and Russia

https://iearn.org/cc/space-31/group-523

 

MHH1 – 6 high school classes from Ecuador, Moldova, India, USA and Georgia

https://iearn.org/cc/space-31/group-524

 

MHCA1 – CALL TO ACTION – 6 classes from Ecuador, Moldova, India, USA and Georgia

https://iearn.org/cc/space-31/group-525/forum

 

This first week is the time to send HELLO messages between teachers, sharing some things about you, your class and school and country, and what you expect to get out of this MY HERO Learning Circle. It is very important to read the weekly updates and respond when asked.

 

The ultimate GOAL is to complete the MY HERO Project and share your students works in Stories, Art, Short Films and/or Audio in your final ORGANIZER pages with your partners and the world. At our Learning Circles section of MY HERO you can see Results from Past Learning Circles.

 

My name is Wendy Jewell and I am here to facilitate and help you and your students have a great experience learning about each other - about who inspires you and who is YOUR HERO? You will bring the world into your classroom and your classroom into the world.

 

I am a producer, writer and educator at The MY HERO Project and have taken part in the project since it began 2 decades ago. I live in the countryside outside of Toronto, Canada, and love making and watching movies, reading, gardening, travelling and cooking from scratch. Also love to laugh. As a parent and educator, I love these circles because it is so inspiring to learn about so many kids’ heroes, especially the ones from their own countries that many of us may not have heard of before.

 

It’s nice to see some familiar names - excellent teachers who have participated in this project before and who will be great examples to those of you jumping in for the first time.

 

Welcome. Please feel free to email me with any thoughts or concerns.

 

NOTE: There are TWO websites, iEARN.org and myhero.com. To make this EASIER for teachers we have created this space at MY HERO www.myhero.com/learningcircles where you can access your teacher IEARN FORUM, check out the weekly updates, download your TIMELINE, check out the LEARNING CIRCLES SLIDE DECK to find out what teachers and students say about their experiences participating, see completed ORGANIZERS, etc.

 

Enjoy getting to know each other but make sure to KEEP UP with the TIMELINE to get the most out of this experience!

 

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Global Learning Circles

wendy@myheroproject.org

www.myhero.com

www.myhero.com/start

wendy@myheroproject.org

FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/MyHeroProject

Twitter @myhero

 

Closing the Current MY HERO Global Learning Circles

TIME TO SAY GOODBYE and post your completed ORGANIZERS

Thank you to all the teachers and students who participate from around the world and we look forward to working with you again in the future as you share you stories, art, short films and audio about who inspires you, who is your hero.

Check out the completed ORGANIZERS below that have come in so far and share with your students and other teachers and friends.

And please join us for the next sessions of MY HERO Global Learning Circles, with our special CALL TO ACTION Circle. Register for current MY HERO Learning Circles here: Starting January 30, 2017

https://iearn.org/cc/space-31.

Discover the heroes of kids from K - 12 around the world.

Aytan Bashirova

The European Azerbaijan School

Baku, Azerbaijan

Here is Aytan's new Organizer page, Earth Is Our Home. Beautiful!

http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=3640

Maria Mercedes Villagra Dubra

University of Puerto Rico Elementary School

Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico

Welcome to the project rescuing the UPR - RP forest landscape!

http://myhero.com/hero.asp?hero=Students_UPRRP_LC_upres_PR

Margarita Astakhova

Secondary School

Korolev, Moscow region

The ninth graders present their heroes!

http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=3633

Olesea Jechiu

Theoretical Lyceum from Zimbreni Village

Ialoveni District, Moldova

The current year we are again part of this Learning Circles project and it is very entertaining!

 http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=3658

 

Madeline Gillum

Sultana Elementary School

Ontario, California, USA

“Often the most profound heroes in our lives are the family and friends we interact with every day.”     http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=3631

We look forward to the organizers still to come and also to the NEXT SESSIONs of MY HERO Global Learning Circles.

To learn more please click through our slide deck:

http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2280

Please contact me directly for more information: wendy@myheroproject.org

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Learning Circles

myhero.com/learningcircles

wendy@myheroproject.org

FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/MyHeroProject

Twitter @myhero

 

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MY HERO Learning Circles Update: January 9

Happy New Year Greetings To All Participants:

 

TIME TO CLOSE THE CIRCLE and COMPLETE AND SUBMIT YOUR ORGANIZERS

Every day ORGANIZERS are being submitted to be shared with your fellow participants and teachers are beginning to put together their Goodbye Messages.

Please do not wait any longer to complete and feel free to contact me directly for help. IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO COMPLETE and you can share after the circle closes using direct emails of your partners.

 

This is the current timeline for finishing this session of Learning Circles.

January 8 to 17, 2017

FINISH YOUR ORGANIZERS AND SEND THEM TO YOUR PARTNERS

Closing the Circle (Goodbye Messages)

January 22, 2017

All current Circles will be closing.

Registration deadline for the January to May 2017 session of Learning Circles

January 22, 2017

All access to the forums will end

January 30, 2017 - The new session of Learning Circles will begin with new groupings.

Items to remember (there are many):

1.  COMPLETE your Organizers: Here is the tutorial: http://myhero.com/organizer/tutorial.asp

 

2.  If you have finished a project and would like it featured on the Finished Project Page I would appreciate it very much if you would send Barry and me a copy of your completed ORGANIZER link.  Also, please send us the:

Your full name:

Name of your group MHM1, MHM2 OR MHM3

Title of your project: MY HERO PROJECT

Name of your school:

Class that worked on the project:

City, state/region, and country:

Projects and URL addresses can be sent to bskramer48@hotmail.com or learningcircles@gmail.com and wendy@myheroproject.org

3.  The Finished Project page will be on the Internet soon. The Web address will be: http://www.globallearningcircles.org/2016session2/index.htm

After you send us the work, Barry will post it and then send you a message so that you can check your information, document, and links.

4.  Please remember to send a Goodbye Message to your my HERO Learning Circles group after you have completed your ORGANIZER and shared it and have sent it to me.

5.  The next session of Learning Circles will begin end of January of 2017. If you are interested, you may register at the Learning Circles Space in the iEARN Collaboration Centre.      https://iearn.org/cc/space-31

FOR THE NEXT SESSION WE WILL BE OFFERING OUR SPECIAL AND VERY POPULAR CALL TO ACTION CIRCLE, see attached image:

My Hero (E, M, H)

My Hero: Call To Action: Multimedia (E, M, H)

6. Once we have posted your project we will activate your online MY HERO STUDENT AND TEACHER CERTIFICATES as well as iEARN Participation Certificate.  If you would like an additional iEARN Learning Circles teacher participant certificate, please let Barry know.  In order to qualify you would need to have: (1) been an active teacher/leader, (2) Completed your my HERO ORGANIZER:

Your full name:

Name of your group MHM1,MHM2 OR MHM3

Name of your school:

City, state/region, and country:

Name of your project: MY HERO PROJECT

7. The Moroccan Education and Resource Network (MEARN) will host the iEARN Conference and Youth Summit in 2017 from July 17 – 22 in Marrakech, Morocco.   Registration is now open at http://iearn2017.ma/.  Details are being updated on the conference Website.  It will be an incredible educational and cultural experience and I encourage everyone to start planning now to attend the conference in July. Check out the conference website for more information about the event, theme, organizers, costs, and registration at: http://iearn2017.ma/.

If you have any questions or need more information about any of this please contact me at wendy@myheroproject.org or learningcircles@gmail.com

It is time to say goodbye and submit your final ORGANIZER

Cheers

Wendy and Barry

 

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Learning Circles

myhero.com/learningcircles

wendy@myheroproject.org

FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/MyHeroProject

Twitter @myhero

Barry S. Kramer, Ph.D.

iEARN Global Learning Circles Coordinator

www.globallearningcircles.org

bskramer48@hotmail.com

learningcircles@gmail.com

Twitter: iEARNglobalLC

MY HERO Learning Circles Update: January 9

Happy New Year Greetings To All Participants:

 

TIME TO CLOSE THE CIRCLE and COMPLETE AND SUBMIT YOUR ORGANIZERS

Every day ORGANIZERS are being submitted to be shared with your fellow participants and teachers are beginning to put together their Goodbye Messages.

Please do not wait any longer to complete and feel free to contact me directly for help. IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO COMPLETE and you can share after the circle closes using direct emails of your partners.

 

This is the current timeline for finishing this session of Learning Circles.

January 8 to 17, 2017

FINISH YOUR ORGANIZERS AND SEND THEM TO YOUR PARTNERS

Closing the Circle (Goodbye Messages)

January 22, 2017

All current Circles will be closing.

Registration deadline for the January to May 2017 session of Learning Circles

January 22, 2017

All access to the forums will end

January 30, 2017 - The new session of Learning Circles will begin with new groupings.

Items to remember (there are many):

1.  COMPLETE your Organizers: Here is the tutorial: http://myhero.com/organizer/tutorial.asp

 

2.  If you have finished a project and would like it featured on the Finished Project Page I would appreciate it very much if you would send Barry and me a copy of your completed ORGANIZER link.  Also, please send us the:

Your full name:

Name of your group MHM1, MHM2 OR MHM3

Title of your project: MY HERO PROJECT

Name of your school:

Class that worked on the project:

City, state/region, and country:

Projects and URL addresses can be sent to bskramer48@hotmail.com or learningcircles@gmail.com and wendy@myheroproject.org

3.  The Finished Project page will be on the Internet soon. The Web address will be: http://www.globallearningcircles.org/2016session2/index.htm

After you send us the work, Barry will post it and then send you a message so that you can check your information, document, and links.

4.  Please remember to send a Goodbye Message to your my HERO Learning Circles group after you have completed your ORGANIZER and shared it and have sent it to me.

5.  The next session of Learning Circles will begin end of January of 2017. If you are interested, you may register at the Learning Circles Space in the iEARN Collaboration Centre.      https://iearn.org/cc/space-31

FOR THE NEXT SESSION WE WILL BE OFFERING OUR SPECIAL AND VERY POPULAR CALL TO ACTION CIRCLE, see attached image:

My Hero (E, M, H)

My Hero: Call To Action: Multimedia (E, M, H)

6. Once we have posted your project we will activate your online MY HERO STUDENT AND TEACHER CERTIFICATES as well as iEARN Participation Certificate.  If you would like an additional iEARN Learning Circles teacher participant certificate, please let Barry know.  In order to qualify you would need to have: (1) been an active teacher/leader, (2) Completed your my HERO ORGANIZER:

Your full name:

Name of your group MHM1,MHM2 OR MHM3

Name of your school:

City, state/region, and country:

Name of your project: MY HERO PROJECT

7. The Moroccan Education and Resource Network (MEARN) will host the iEARN Conference and Youth Summit in 2017 from July 17 – 22 in Marrakech, Morocco.   Registration is now open at http://iearn2017.ma/.  Details are being updated on the conference Website.  It will be an incredible educational and cultural experience and I encourage everyone to start planning now to attend the conference in July. Check out the conference website for more information about the event, theme, organizers, costs, and registration at: http://iearn2017.ma/.

If you have any questions or need more information about any of this please contact me at wendy@myheroproject.org or learningcircles@gmail.com

It is time to say goodbye and submit your final ORGANIZER

Cheers

Wendy and Barry

 

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Learning Circles

myhero.com/learningcircles

wendy@myheroproject.org

FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/MyHeroProject

Twitter @myhero

Barry S. Kramer, Ph.D.

iEARN Global Learning Circles Coordinator

www.globallearningcircles.org

bskramer48@hotmail.com

learningcircles@gmail.com

Twitter: iEARNglobalLC

DECEMBER 22, 2016

HAPPY HOLIDAYS everyone, wherever you are and however you celebrate.

Hope we all remember to reach out to those who need help and love and empathy this time of year.

TIME TO COMPLETE THE MY HERO Project part of the MY HERO Global Learning Circles.

I know some teachers are working on their Organizers over the holidays. I will be checking in for emails and requests for help in a few days so please feel free to send me an email.

Make sure to complete your ORGANIZER by gathering all your students works from ART< STORIES< FILM AND/OR AUDIO . This is a tutorial for the ORGANIZER pages for teachers.

http://myhero.com/organizer/tutorial.asp

I am here to help. It’s never too late to finish.

Blessings to you all.

Wendy Jewell

Director

MY HERO Global Learning Circles

www.myhero.com/learningcircles

www.myhero.com

www.myhero.com/start

wendy@myheroproject.org

FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/MyHeroProject

Twitter @myhero

SCROLL DOWN TO SEE HOW TO COMPLETE

DECEMBER 14 UPDATE AND NEXT STEPS

TIME TO COMPLETE THE MY HERO PROJECT:

THEN share in the NEW YEAR with your circle partners

THIS IS HOW

Hello to all participants in CIRCLES MHM1, MHM2 and MHM3

 

TIME TO CHOOSE YOUR HEROES AND SHARE IN ONE OF THE FOUR WAYS (Stories, Art, Films or Audio) THROUGH The MY HERO Project after registering for your free MULTI-MEDIA page at www.myhero.com/start

 

 

TEACHERS should already be creating your ORGANIZER pages adding your paragraphs about this experience, pictures of your students, school, communities and countries, school website, etc.

 

At this time of the year many schools are getting ready to celebrate a holiday, go on break, or are going through exam periods.  Please stay in touch with your Learning Circle group members and give them an update on your progress. Very few messages have been exchanged during the week.  Hopefully, most of you will be able to get back to your normal schedule soon and will be able to resume your commitment to Learning Circles.

This choosing and sharing of heroes is your opportunity to allow your students to creatively engage in project work.  It should be student inspired, student created, and student managed as much as possible.  Above all it should be fun for them.  The Student Forums are opportunities for students to shares ideas, research, resources, opinions, and beliefs.

Please make every effort to complete the MY HERO Project before the break in December.  Please check in with your group this week and update them on your progress.  Communication is very important at this point in the process.

KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!

 

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Learning Circles

myhero.com/learningcircles

wendy@myheroproject.org

FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/MyHeroProject

Twitter @myhero

MY HERO Learning Circles UPDATE: November 30, 2016

Hello to all participants in CIRCLES MHM1, MHM2 and MHM3

 

TIME TO CHOOSE YOUR HEROES AND SHARE IN ONE OF THE FOUR WAYS (Stories, Art, Films or Audio) THROUGH The MY HERO Project after registering for your free MULTI-MEDIA page at www.myhero.com/start

 

 

TEACHERS should already be creating your ORGANIZER pages adding your paragraphs about this experience, pictures of your students, school, communities and countries, school website, etc.

 

At this time of the year many schools are getting ready to celebrate a holiday, go on break, or are going through exam periods.  Please stay in touch with your Learning Circle group members and give them an update on your progress. Very few messages have been exchanged during the week.  Hopefully, most of you will be able to get back to your normal schedule soon and will be able to resume your commitment to Learning Circles.

This choosing and sharing of heroes is your opportunity to allow your students to creatively engage in project work.  It should be student inspired, student created, and student managed as much as possible.  Above all it should be fun for them.  The Student Forums are opportunities for students to shares ideas, research, resources, opinions, and beliefs.

Please make every effort to complete the MY HERO Project before the break in December.  Please check in with your group this week and update them on your progress.  Communication is very important at this point in the process.

KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!

 

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Learning Circles

myhero.com/learningcircles

wendy@myheroproject.org

FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/MyHeroProject

Twitter @myhero

MY HERO Learning Circles Update and NEXT STEPS: November 18

Hello all participants in MHM1, MHM2 and MHM3 circles.

Thank you to everyone who is keeping up with the tasks and keeping their circle partners updated with their process.

Please remember that the goal of Learning Circles is for schools to encourage and promote interaction among each other, make use of the STUDENT FORUMS to exchange students ideas about heroism, and to choose a hero to share in one of four ways: Stories, Art, Short Films or Audio/Music.

This will continue mid December.  At that time teachers will begin to gather their students works into their ORGANIZER page to share with their partners and publish on the MY HERO Project website.

 Each teacher should be registered AS A TEACHER: www.myhero.com/start

Each student should be registered AS A STUDENT: www.myhero.com/start

 You should inform your Circle partners regarding your schedule.  Your group can adjust the exchange schedule, but it is important that every member of your group is informed and is in agreement with the changes.  It is a good idea to post a short message to your Circle every week to let everyone know what you are doing.  This should be a fun time for you and your students, Exploring with your global partners and then ultimately sharing all your works with each other. Which is why it is important to keep on task.

 After completing your ORGANIZER pages with all your students works (see below for examples in each level) You will publish on MY HERO and Barry will take all projects and put them together on a Final Project page that will be accessible to everyone through the Learning Circles Website.

Elementary:

Abdelaziz Rhazzali

Grade 6

Aghbalou Elementary School - Morocco

http://www.myhero.com/myhero/go/ecreate/view.asp?pageid=547

 

Guillermo Ojeda Lajud

Crafts English Workshops - Mexico

http://www.myhero.com/go/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1673

 

Middle School:

Laura Nietzer

Saddle River Day School - United States

http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2222

 

High School:

Cornelia Platon

Alexandru Papiu Ilarian High School - Romania

http://www.myhero.com/go/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1555

I also have two more items for you to consider:

1. Many schools are participating in the student forums; if you would like to have your students participate in the MY HERO Learning Circle Student Forums please complete the following steps.  First, register your students in the Member Dashboard of the iEARN Collaboration Centre, next send Barry an email along with the following information to: learningcircles@gmail.com

Your Full Name:

Your Email Address:

Your Learning Circle Name: MHM1 or MHM2 or MHM3

Age Level of Your Students (High, Middle, or Elementary):

Shortly after he receives your email, he will add you and your students to the forum.  He will notify you when this has occurred.  After this the forums are open to both you and your students.

2.  Please remember that each teacher who signs up his/her students for the Student Forums is responsible for monitoring the content of the messages and discussions.  You can receive copies of all student messages that are posted by going to the forum and clicking on “My Group Settings.”  After this click on “Receive forum posts via email and enable topic creation via email.”

Let’s make good progress over the next month! Remember I am here to help and remember that part of completing the work in December is so that we can share in January with each other.

Keep up the great work,

Wendy

Wendy Jewell

Director

MY HERO Learning Circles

myhero.com/learningcircles

wendy@myheroproject.org

FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/MyHeroProject

Twitter @myhero

   

GLOBAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE: YOU ARE INVITED

Join MY HERO to Inspire, Connect and EMPOWER students to become Global and Active Citizens using our Multi-Media Tools! Presenters: MY HERO Director of Media Wendy Milette and MY HERO Director of Learning Circles Wendy Jewell

MONDAY November 14, 2016

Here is our session: http://tinyurl.com/jokwup5

GO HERE TO FIND YOUR TIME ZONE & instructions to participate ONLINE:

http://www.globaleducationconference.com/page/sessions-and-schedule

Looking forward to some of the amazing teachers from the MY HERO Learning Circles joining us!!

Cheers

Wendy Jewell Facilitator

MY HERO Learning Circles Update: November 2


HELLO EVERYONE from MHM1, MHM2 and MHM3 CIRCLES.

 

TIME to move to the next steps of the MY HERO Project covering the next 6 weeks! It is important to keep up with the tasks so that we can all share our works the last few weeks of this circle in January.

 

Please enjoy the Class Surveys and Welcome Packs, but now it is time to let them pass away and focus on the reason we are together. The purpose of the MY HERO Learning Circles is to discover who inspires you and to create and share your thoughts and stories and art and short films about HEROES with your participating partner classes. It is so interesting to find out the different cultural thoughts about heroes and to discover ordinary people creating a better world for all of us. This phase of Learning Circles is critically important for the future of your Circle.

 

MAKE SURE TO USE YOUR TIMELINE/CHECKLIST that I have sent. It is also available to download and save at www.myhero.com/learningcircles. (to right of page)

 

WE WORK IN TWO WEBSITES… but you can go to the above link to access BOTH, as your IEARN FORUM is a clickable link to right of page. MHM1 or MHM2 or MHM3.

 

IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO PLEASE do so now:

TEACHERS REGISTER AS A TEACHER at www.myhero.com/start

Your media page with full tutorials will look like this.

 

STUDENTS REGISTER as a student at www.myherho.com/start

Their media pages will NOT have ORGANIZERs as that is just for teachers to gather all their students’ works at end of this circle, to be able to publish with ALL works together.

 Students’ media pages will look like this:

TIME TO REGISTER for STUDENT FORUMS:

 

If you would like to have your students participate in the MY HERO Learning Circle Student Forums, please complete the following steps:

First, register your students in the Member Dashboard of the iEARN Collaboration Centre, next send Barry Kramer an email along with the following information to: learningcircles@gmail.com

 

Your Full Name:

Your Email Address:

Your Learning Circle Name:

Age Level of Your Students (High, Middle, or Elementary): MHM1 or MHM2 or MHM3

 

Shortly after he receives your email, he will add you and your students to the forum.  He will notify you when this has occurred.  After this, the forums are open to both you and your students. Please remember these forums are mostly to discuss heroes, heroism and share a bit of info about themselves. NOTE, if they want to talk about “other stuff” please do that outside of the student forums.

 

IT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH EACH OTHER AND CHECK IN TO LET YOUR PARTNERS KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING.

 

NOW IS ALSO THE TIME TO ARRANGE SKYPE SESSIONS BETWEEN CLASSES WHOSE TIME ZONES are not too far apart. This is always a great way for kids to get excited about working with different countries.

 

The management of your student team is up to you. You may let them decide on the first questions to share on their student forums. It should be student inspired, student created, and student managed as much as possible. Above all, it should be fun for them.

 

LET’s KEEP THESE CIRCLES ROLLING!

 

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Global Learning Circles

www.myhero.com

www.myhero.com/learningcircles

wendy@myheroproject.org

FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/MyHeroProject

Twitter @myhero

EXCITING Opportunity for  TEACHERS AND STUDENTS!!!! October 25

Dear Friends,

We are excited to share the links to our online ballots for the 2016 MY HERO Film Festival’s People’s Choice Award & Kids’ Choice Award!

The People’s Choice ballot is fitting for Middle School, High School and Adults. All are invited to view 34 minutes of short nominated films online and use our ballot to discuss the characteristics of heroism and what makes a good short hero film.

The Kids’ Choice Award is fitting for K - 6 Students.

Both are a strong introduction to MY HERO and we hope that students will be inspired by this process to begin planning their own short HERO films.

Final day to vote is Nov. 10th.

People’s Choice Ballot

http://myhero.com/PeoplesChoice

Kids’ Choice Ballot

http://myhero.com/go/kidschoice

We hope you will take time to be a part of the festival and watch these films and cast your vote.

Here is more information about this year’s People’s Choice Ballot:

http://myhero.com/go/peopleschoice_16

and the Kid’s Choice Ballot:

http://myhero.com/go/kidschoice_16

Look forward to hearing back from you.

Warm regards,

The MY HERO Film Festival Team

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

www.myhero.com/learningcircles

MY HERO Global Learning Circles NEXT STEPS and Update: October 18

Greetings To All Circle Participants: MHM1, MHM2, MHM3

 

PLEASE MAKE USE OF the TIMELINE/CHECKLIST (to the right of this post) AND be sure to complete all the tasks until this date. If you have any questions please email me or post in your circle.

 

ALSO make sure to read ALL updates, next steps, posts from me (your facilitator) and Barry Kramer (iEARN Global Learning Circles Coordinator).

 

NEXT STEPS and tasks to complete:

1. TIME TO complete and post your CLASS SURVEYS by Friday, October 21. Also please share all surveys with your students.

 

2.We are hoping to open the student forums as soon as we finish the Class Surveys.  NOW would be a good time to register all the students you want to participate in the student forums.  You will need to do this through your iEARN account.  To register students go to your Member Dashboard and choose Student Management.  On the left hand side you will see a link that reads Manually Register Students.  You will need to register each student one at a time.

It is very important that students are registered before we open the forums.  The task is more difficult for us after the forums have been opened.  We will be sending around a message with special instructions for the Student Forums when they are ready to be opened.

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REMEMBER WE ARE WORKING IN TWO WEBSITES but you can access both by first going to www.myhero.com/learningcircles

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 3. Each TEACHER should Register for their EDUCATOR ACCOUNT by going to www.myhero.com/start and register AS A TEACHER.

Your free media page will look like this: There are Tutorials for each section.

4. I have also attached a 2 page STUDENT GUIDE to learning circles you can share with your students. (in your iearn Forum) They will register AS A STUDENT at www.myhero.com/start

5. NOW IS THE TIME TO MAIL OR CREATE WELCOME PACKAGES if you will be participating: Click this link to find out more about WP’s

http://learning.iearn.org/circles/circleNews/2/index.html

 

6. Please stay in touch with your Circle Members on a regular basis. Send an email periodically, even if it is to only to say, “Hi.”  It is also polite to respond to messages.  Nothing is more discouraging than sharing information with a group and then having absolutely no response.

 

7.  If you enjoy Twitter updates, please join the Learning Circles Twitter feed at iEARNglobalLC. as well as the MY HERO twitter and FB pages.

FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/MyHeroProject

Twitter @myhero

 

We are off to an excellent start!  It is important to keep up with the tasks!

Keep the momentum going,

Wendy and Barry

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Learning Circles

myhero.com/learningcircles

wendy@myheroproject.org

FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/MyHeroProject

Twitter @myhero

 

A Few Notes reminder notes:

1.  Please remember there are three different ways to post messages.  You can post a message in your discussion forum, you can send a message directly to your group email address, or you can reply to a message that you have received:

EMAIL ADDRESSES PER CIRCLE:

Elementary and middle school classes

MHM1: lc2016s2-mhm1@collaborate.iearn.org

Middle School Classes

MHM2: lc2016s2-mhm2@collaborate.iearn.org

Middle and High School classes

MHM3: lc2016s2-mhm3@collaborate.iearn.org

 

2. In the iEARN Collaboration Centre, Barry cannot change the email address where your messages are sent, but you can change your iEARN email address at any time.  In order to do this, go to your Member Dashboard and choose My Account - the place where you change your email address is near the top.

MY HERO Learning Circles Update: October 13

Greetings To All Circle Participants: MHM1, MHM2, MHM3

What a great opening! The number of messages exchanged over the 2 weeks has been impressive.  Most teachers have already met their Circle partners and have posted a Teacher Hello Message. If you have not done so, please post a message in your Learning Circle group forum and join in the introduction discussion.

Now it is time for you and your students to complete and post your Class Surveys.  There are many different ways to send your Class Survey.  The purpose of this task is for your students to share some information about themselves, their school, and their community.  Please remember that the survey is all about your students.  Please allow them to fill it out – it is not about what teachers think – it’s about your students.  You can send your information in any cross platform presentation that you wish.

Please remember, that this template is a starting point for your students to share cultural information.  You are free to add to it and be as creative as you wish.  In the past, some schools have added additional information, included pictures, created PowerPoints, produced movies, and even recorded podcasts!  The limit is your time and creativity.

You can send your Class Survey as an attachment to any message posted to your Circle.  Attachments that are around 2 MB or less will be automatically distributed with your email notifications.  Larger files will be posted in your Circle Media Center.  You should receive a link message to download the attachment. The file size limit in the Collaboration Centre is 32 MB.  Please try to reduce the size of photos and video files.

A Few Notes:

1.  Please remember there are three different ways to post messages.  You can post a message in your discussion forum, you can send a message directly to your group email address, or you can reply to a message that you have received:

EMAIL ADDRESSES PER CIRCLE:

Elementary and middle school classes

MHM1: lc2016s2-mhm1@collaborate.iearn.org

Middle School Classes

MHM2: lc2016s2-mhm2@collaborate.iearn.org

Middle and High School classes

MHM3: lc2016s2-mhm3@collaborate.iearn.org

2. In the iEARN Collaboration Centre, Barry cannot change the email address where your messages are sent, but you can change your iEARN email address at any time.  In order to do this, go to your Member Dashboard and choose My Account.  The place where you change your email address is near the top.

3. We are hoping to open the student forums as soon as we finish the Class Surveys.  NOW would be a good time to register all the students you want to participate in the student forums.  You will need to do this through your iEARN account.  To register students go to your Member Dashboard and choose Student Management.  On the left hand side you will see a link that reads Manually Register Students.  You will need to register each student one at a time.

It is very important that students are registered before we open the forums.  The task is more difficult for us after the forums have been opened.  We will be sending around a message with special instructions for the Student Forums when they are ready to be opened.

5.  Please stay in touch with your Circle Members on a regular basis. Send an email periodically, even if it is to only to say, “Hi.”  It is also polite to respond to messages.  Nothing is more discouraging than sharing information with a group and then having absolutely no response.

6.  If you enjoy Twitter updates, please join the Learning Circles Twitter feed at iEARNglobalLC. as well as the MY HERO twitter and FB pages.

FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/MyHeroProject

Twitter @myhero

We are off to an excellent start!  It is important to keep up with the tasks!

Keep the momentum going,

Wendy and Barry

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Learning Circles

myhero.com/learningcircles

wendy@myheroproject.org

FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/MyHeroProject

Twitter @myhero

 

 

MY HERO Global Learning Circle News 2: Opening the Circle

MY HERO LEARNING CIRCLE NEWS 2

www.myhero.com/learningcircles

Opening The Learning Circle - October 5, 2016

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Welcome! PLEASE CLICK YOUR NEW TIMELINE/CHECKLIST (to right of this page) to see the journey you are about to go on AND check off tasks as you complete them. PLEASE MAKE USE OF IT. I will also be sending weekly emails to keep us on track and you can email me any time or post questions in your forum.

 

Facilitator: Wendy Jewell: wendy@myheroproject.org

EMAIL ADDRESSES PER CIRCLE:

Elementary and middle school classes

MHM1: lc2016s2-mhm1@collaborate.iearn.org

Middle School Classes

MHM2: lc2016s2-mhm2@collaborate.iearn.org

Middle and High School classes

MHM3: lc2016s2-mhm3@collaborate.iearn.org

 

(Please note: the character that precedes the "@" is a numeral, NOT the alphabet letter "l.")

 

You can initiate and respond to messages in your Learning Circle forum by using the above email addresses OR go to www.myhero.com/learningcircles and click on your FORUM: MHM1Forum MHM2Forum OR MHM3Forum

Electronic Roll Call:

NOW is the time to send your

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TEACHER    HELLO    MESSAGES

 

NEXT week you will need to send your

 

MY HERO CLASS   SURVEY (will be sent later today to your forums)

 

Information is available on the Web for the following tasks if needed:

Web Address: http://learning.iearn.org/circles/circleNews/2/index.html

 

First Teacher Tasks

Teachers Hello Message

Class Introductions through your Class Survey

Welcome Packs

How to Send Your Messages

Changing Your iEARN Email Address

Learning Circle Interaction: Class-to-Class Communication vs. Pen Pal Messages

 

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WE HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR FIRST WEEK!

 

REMEMBER it is important to keep up with weekly tasks for the greatest outcome for you and your students. And remember to HAVE FUN!

 

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Learning Circles

myhero.com/learningcircles

wendy@myheroproject.org

FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/MyHeroProject

Twitter @myhero

WELCOME to The MY HERO Global Learning Circles

September 2016 – January 2017

 

We have 3 very diverse circles this session:

 

MHM1 – 7 elementary and middle school classes from Ecuador, Canada, Moldova, Russia, Azerbaijan, USA and Romania

 

MHM2 – 6 middle school classes from USA, Belarus, Taiwan, Russia and Moldova

 

MHM3 - 7 middle and high school classes from Russia, Spain, Algeria, Taiwan, USA, Indonesia and Pakistan

 

This first week is the time to send HELLO messages between teachers, sharing some things about you, your class and school and country, and what you expect to get out of this MY HERO Learning Circle.

 

My name is Wendy Jewell and I am here to facilitate and help you and your students have a great experience learning about each other - about who inspires you and Who is YOUR HERO? You will bring the world into your classroom and your classroom into the world.

 

I am a producer, writer and educator at The MY HERO Project and have taken part in the project since it began 2 decades ago. I live in the countryside outside of Toronto, Canada, and love movies, reading, gardening, travelling and cooking from scratch. Also love to laugh. As a parent and educator, I love these circles because it is so inspiring to learn about so many kids’ heroes, especially the ones from their own countries that many of us may not have heard of before.

It’s nice to see some familiar names --  excellent teachers who have participated in this project before and who will be great examples to those of you jumping in for the first time.

 

Welcome. Please feel free to email me with any thoughts or concerns.

 

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Global Learning Circles

wendy@myheroproject.org

www.myhero.com

www.myhero.com/start

wendy@myheroproject.org

FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/MyHeroProject

Twitter @myhero

 

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!  September 2016

CALLING ALL TEACHERS AND HOMESCHOOLERS!

I hope everyone had a great summer or winter school holiday, depending on where you live!  The MY HERO Global Learning Circles  bring your classroom into the world and the world into your classroom.

WHAT ARE THE MY HERO Global Learning Circles?

Click on this slide deck to find out!

WE START SEPTEMBER 30!

Please register HERE:  https://iearn.org/cc/space-29

The MY HERO Learning Circles provide a unique forum for students and teachers who are interested in collaborating with other schools from around the world on the topic of heroes and heroism through writing, creating digital art, audio and filmmaking.

 

WHAT IS THE MY HERO PROJECT?

Check out this 2 minute video to see what we have to offer you and your students over this four month global online exchange.

 

New sessions and groupings of circles start September 30, 2016.

 

How To Become a Participant?

You must first be a member of iEARN and complete an iEARN Learning Circle placement form (https://iearn.org/cc/space-29) at least two weeks before the beginning of the session. You will be contacted by email to confirm your information and determine your correct MY HERO Circle placement.

 

We are once again offering Elementary, Middle and High School circles as well as, back by popular demand our CALL TO ACTION circle.

 

Call to Action Back by popular demand:

The goal of this Circle is for students and teachers to create and document an action plan to support the work of an identified Hero(es) or create a local initiative to continue or support the actions of an existing organization. There will be online Training Sessions with our head of MEDIA and LC Facilitator for Teachers on HOW TO use our multi-media resources. Join us!

 

Below are examples of completed projects:

Elementary:

Abdelaziz Rhazzali

Grade 6

Aghbalou Elementary School - Morocco

http://www.myhero.com/myhero/go/ecreate/view.asp?pageid=547

 

Guillermo Ojeda Lajud

Crafts English Workshops - Mexico

http://www.myhero.com/go/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1673

 

Middle School:

Laura Nietzer

Saddle River Day School - United States

http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2222

 

High School:

Cornelia Platon

Alexandru Papiu Ilarian High School - Romania

http://www.myhero.com/go/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1555

 

CALL TO ACTION:

Amal Fahim ElQersh

Mostafa Kamel Integrated Governmental Language School - Egypt

http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2234

 

Kathryn Zimmerman

South Callaway Elementary School - United States

http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2215

 

Schedule for Learning Circles:

Session 1 (September to January): Begins late September and ends in mid-January (16 weeks with a 2-week break in December).

Learning Circle Placement forms are due in early September.

Session 2 (January to May): Begins late January and ends in late May (15 weeks with a 1-week break in Spring). Learning Circle Placement forms are due early January

 

Please feel free to email me: wendy@myheroproject.org

 

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Learning Circles

www.myhero.com/learningcircles

www.myhero.com

wendy@myheroproject.org

FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/MyHeroProject

Twitter @myhero

 

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MY HERO Global Learning Circles CLOSING: JUNE 2016

All participants: MHE, MHM/H and Call to Action

 

Your iEARN forums for the current project will close June 17.

 

Even though this session of MY HERO Learning Circles is closing, I will still continue to accept Finished Projects, those being your ORGANIZER pages. Contact me at: wendy@myheroproject.org    You may send it any time it is finished.  

Barry is happy to feature your project on the Finished Project Page at IEARN:

http://learning.iearn.org/circles/2016session1/index.htm

 

MY HERO will send you their new Certificates of Excellence for Students and Teachers when you have sent in your Organizers. Barry will also be happy to issue a Certificate of Participation to any teacher who has successfully completed a finished project with students, which means an ORGANIZER.

 

Please take the time to look over and share the finished projects from other schools with your students.  Many excellent projects have been created during this session of MY HERO Global Learning Circles. Thank you to ALL the teachers and students who participated at such a high level. If your ORGANIZER does not appear please send it to me or let me know when you will be finished and also if I can help you in any way. Wendy@myheroproject.org

 

MY HERO Global Learning Circles Middle/High School Circle May 2016

http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2480

 

MY HERO Global Learning Circles – CALL TO ACTION – Circle May 2016

http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2483http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2483

 

MY HERO Global Learning Circles Elementary Circle May 2016

http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2479

 

Finished Project Page: January 2016 to June 2016 session of Learning Circles: http://learning.iearn.org/circles/2016session1/index.htm

 

The next session of Learning Circles begins September 30, 2016.  The registration link will be posted on this site by August 14. We are featuring the Elementary, Middle and High School circles. Also our popular CALL TO ACTION circle may interest you as your class can work together on ONE Hero or Heroic Organization to support. See examples in the CALL TO ACTION above.

 

August 14, 2016

Registration begins for the September 2016 to January 2017 session of Learning Circles

September 15, 2016

Registration ends for the next session of Learning Circles.

September 30, 2016

The new session of Learning Circles will begin with new groupings.

Please remember to send a Goodbye Message to your Learning Circles group after you have completed your ORGANIZER and sent it to me. If you have not sent you ORGANIZER yet make sure to include:

Your full name:

Name of your group: MHE, MHM/H or Call to Action

Name of your School:

City, State/region and Country:

Name of your Project: The MY HERO Project

 

Have a wonderful summer everyone, looking forward to working with you and all the new classes, teachers and students next sessions!

 

Cheers, Wendy

 

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Learning Circles

myhero.com/learningcircles

wendy@myheroproject.org

FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/MyHeroProject

Twitter @myhero

 

MY HERO Global Learning Circles Update: May 24, 2016

Hello Everyone in the current CIRCLES: MHE, MHM/H and Call to Action

Please finish up, send your ORGANIZER to your circle partners, set up any skype sharing sessions and then time to say goodbye.

Please check the Finished Project Page (http://www.iearn.org/circles/2016session1/index.htm )to see if your finished project is there.  Also please check to make sure your information is correct.  If your project is not there please send it to Barry and me:  wendy@myheroproject.org and bskramer48@hotmail.com orbkramer@ftschool.org.

Also please send us the following identification information:

Your full name:

Name of your group (MHE, MHM/H OR Call to Action)

Title of your project:

Class that worked on the project:

Name of your school:

City, state, and country your school is located:

This is the current timeline for finishing this session of Learning Circles.

May 24 – June 10, 2016

Complete your ORGANIZER page with all your students works and a paragraph about your experience as well as some pictures of your class and community and school, really whatever you like. And maybe your school website if there is one.

SHARE your Organizer URL with your partners and also share THEIR Organizer’s with your students. It is really great to get feedback within your circle.

Closing the Circle (Goodbye Messages)

June 10, 2016

All current Circles will be closing.

June 17, 2016

All access to the forums will end

September 30, 2016 - The new session of Learning Circles will begin with new groupings.

A few items to remember:

1.  The Web address for the Finished Project page for the January to May 2016 session is:

http://www.iearn.org/circles/2016session1/index.htm

The page is up and active.  After you send us your ORGANIZER page, Barry will post it and then send you a message so that you can check your information, document, and links.

 2. The MY HERO Project has some NEW awesome Certificates of Excellence for TEACHERS and STUDENTS, so when you have completed, I will send them to you!

3.  Please remember to send a Goodbye Message to your Learning Circles group after you have completed your Organizer and have sent it to us.

4. Once Barry has posted your project he will activate your online iEARN Participation Certificate and I will send the MY HERO Project certificates as well.  If you would like an additional iEARN Learning Circles teacher participant certificate, please let Barry know.  In order to qualify you would need to have: (1) been an active teacher/leader, (2) participated in the forums, teacher and student for those whose schools allow it (3) submitted the final ORGANIZER URL of your students. Certificates can only be sent as pdf files. We will also need the following information:

Your full name:

Name of your group (MHE, MHM/H OR Call to Action)

Name of your school:

City, state/region, and country:

Name of your project:

If you have any questions or need more information about any of this please contact me wendy@myheroproject.org OR bskramer48@hotmail.comor learningcircles@gmail.com.

It is time to say COMPLETE your ORGANIZER and SHARE IT.

 

KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK… almost there! I am here to help so please contact me if you have questions or problems. Remember it is never too late to complete!

 

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Learning Circles

myhero.com/learningcircles

wendy@myheroproject.org

FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/MyHeroProject

Twitter @myhero

Barry S. Kramer, Ph.D.

iEARN Global Learning Circles Coordinator

http://learning.iearn.org/circles/

bskramer48@hotmail.com

learningcircles@gmail.com

Twitter: iEARNglobalLC

MY HERO Learning Circles: CLOSING THE CIRCLE May 16, 2016

The end of this MY HERO Learning Circle session is rapidly approaching

LEARNING CIRCLES ARE A TEAM EFFORT --

YOU ARE A MEMBER OF A TEAM THAT IS DEPENDING ON YOU!!!!!!!

Tasks to Complete:

1) Teachers COMPLETE your ORGANIZER PAGE

2) Students COMPLETE their HERO stories, art, audio or short films

3) Share your completed ORGANIZER with your circle partners for feedback and share others ORGANIZERS with your classes

4) Respond to any additional questions or ending activities

5) Say goodbye to your Learning Circle partners

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YOUR LEARNING CIRCLE WILL FORMALLY CLOSE ON:  Friday, June 3, 2016

The Circle links will remain in place for two weeks after the official closing date for those that have slipped a bit behind schedule.

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Remember to send a note this week telling others when (date) to expect your ORGANIZER.

All completed projects are being featured on www.myhero.com, as well as the IEARN Finished Projects Page.

http://www.iearn.org/circles/2016session1/index.htm

When you have the URL for your completed ORGANIZER page at www.myhero.com please send it to the members of your Circle and to Barry and me so that Barry can feature it on the Finished Project Page.  Also, please send us the following information (This is very important info!)

*Your full name

*Name of your group (MHE, MHM/H OR Call to Action)

*Title of your project

*Name of your school

*Class that worked on the project (optional)

*City, state/region, and country

Projects and URL addresses can be sent to bskramer48@hotmail.com or learningcircles@gmail.com AND wendy@myheroproject.org

An extra special heartfelt thank you for all the time, energy and care you share with your colleagues.  You make MY HERO Learning Circles possible!!!!

The next session of MY HERO Learning Circles will begin in September of 2016. If you are interested, you may register in August at the Learning Circles Space in the iEARN Collaboration Centre.  Information will be announced at www.myhero.com/learningcircles and in the iEARN NewsFlash and on the Learning Circles Website.

 

ALSO please remember to check out the contest opportunities :

MY HERO contest list for stories, films, songs, art and MORE. www.myhero.com/contests

 

I AM HERE TO HELP so please email me with any problems or concerns as you complete THE MY HERO Project. And keep up with MY HERO by going to our social media sites:

FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/MyHeroProject

Twitter @myhero

 

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Learning Circles

www.myhero.com/learningcircles

www.myhero.com

wendy@myheroproject.org

UPDATE and NEXT STEPS April 28, 2016

MY HERO Global Learning Circles

MHE, MHM/H and Call to Action

 

TIME TO COMPLETE THE MY HERO Project part of Circles

 

How is everyone doing? I am here to help so please email me or post in your teacher forums if you need help completing your ORGANIZER page, which you can then share with your circle partners. Also let your partners know where you are in the process.

THE GOAL IS FOR EVERYONE TO COMPLETE THEIR ORGANIZER PAGES INCLUDING YOUR STUDENTS WORKS WITH ENOUGH TIME TO SHARE WITH YOUR PARTNERS.

ANNOUNCING: MY HERO contest list for stories, films, songs, art and MORE. www.myhero.com/contests

FIRST, is you have not done so already:

 

EACH STUDENT registers as a student to get their free media page:

www.myhero.com/start

 

EACH TEACHER registers AS A TEACHER to get their educator/media page in order to complete their ORGANIZER PAGE:www.myhero.com/start

 

There are FOUR ways to share your HERO at the MY HERO Project and all show up, as well as tutorials when you register at www.myhero.com/start

 

STORIES - The Directory of  Hero Stories contains thousands of submissions that are categorized into different types of heroes, such as: Community, Family, Lifesavers and Scientists. Everyone is invited to build a web page to honor heroes from around the globe.

 

ART - The Art Gallery is home to artwork celebrating heroes and heroism from students and professionals. Share your original art work online with our global learning community.

 

SHORT FILMS - The Screening Room provides a home for inspirational short films.  International Film Festival is MY HERO’s annual event to celebrate the best of humanity as captured in film. Media Arts Resources gives you the tools to bring your heroes’ stories alive through digital filmmaking.  You can submit your work, nominate the work of others, see the sponsors, or watch the winners by year. There are also special awards for peace, media and activists.

 

AUDIO allows you to listen to music, stories and poetry about heroism, as well as to submit your own work.

 

REMEMBER: SUBMITTED STORIES, ART, SHORT FILMS AND AUDIO MUST BE ORIGINAL AND CREATED BY YOUR STUDENTS.

 

These are examples of Organizer pages from previous circles.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (MHE)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view.asp?pageid=550

MIDDLE SCHOOL (MHM)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1703

HIGH SCHOOL (MHH)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view.asp?pageid=998

 

Remember other schools are depending on your to keep to the schedule! Following schedules is an important workplace skill.  Please keep your partners informed of your progress. Your Circle is free to adjust the deadlines according to the needs of your Circle members.

 

Let me know how I can help.

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Learning Circles

myhero.com/learningcircles

wendy@myheroproject.org

FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/MyHeroProject

Twitter @myhero

 

UPDATE and next steps April 18, 2016

MY HERO Global Learning Circles

MHE, MHM/H and Call to Action

Time is flying by, publishing deadlines coming

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TIME FLIES.....Each of your students should have chosen a HERO to share on The MY HERO Project in one of four ways. In order to do so EACH student should be registered for their FREE MEDIA PAGE AT www.myhero.com/start

Students register AS A STUDENT at www.myhero.com/start

 

TEACHERS should EACH have registered AS A TEACHER at www.myhero.com/start

Then they can start their ORGANIZER page: Add a paragraph about their experience participating in these global circles, add photos, school websites and anything else a teacher feels is pertinent. THEN when their students have submitted their HERO stories, art, short films and/or audio to www.myhero.com they can gather them onto their ORGANIZER page to share with their circle partners and the world.

These are examples of Organizer pages from previous circles.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (MHE)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view.asp?pageid=550

MIDDLE SCHOOL (MHM)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1703

HIGH SCHOOL (MHH)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view.asp?pageid=998

Call to Action: 2015 http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2276 

Remember other schools are depending on you to keep to the schedule!  If everyone can be finished by early MAY then it gives everyone a chance to share and comment on their works. Following schedules is an important workplace skill.  Your Circle is free to adjust the deadlines according to the needs of your Circle members.

Your Circles will remain open with the current participants through May 30, 2016.

Please send any inquiries, questions or concerns you may have regarding your Classroom Connections experience to me: wendy@myheroproject.org

You are not alone – The MY HERO Team is here ready and willing to help!

Let your circle partners know when to expect your ORGANIZER pages and remember I am here to help!

Keep up the great work and communications with each other.

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

www.myhero.com/learningcircles

wendy@myheroproject.org

FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/MyHeroProject

Twitter @myhero

UPDATE and next steps April 7, 2016

MY HERO Global Learning Circles

MY HERO Global Learning Circles Update: March 29

Late March Greetings To All Circle Participants:

At this time of the year many schools are beginning spring breaks, returning from break, getting ready to celebrate a holiday, or going through exam periods.  Even though the number of messages may be few this week, hopefully they will increase during the next few weeks. Please stay in touch with your Learning Circle group members and give them an update on your progress.  If you will be away for a while, please inform your group about your schedule.

 

CONGRATULATIONS to Teacher MENDY Kanu from Sierra Leone, Middle/High School circle for winning the YOUTH ENGAGEMENT AWARD in the 2015 MY HERO SONG CONTEST for Future Generation by student from the Children’s Foundation of Technology in Sierra Leone! Please go to MY HERO Facebook page to congratulate him! https://www.facebook.com/MyHeroProject/?fref=ts

 

I am also seeing teachers having their students use the student forums.  These forums are excellent tools to use to get students sharing their ideas about heroes online.   At this point, each student needs to choose the hero they want to share on THE MY HERO PROJECT in one of four ways, story, audio, short film or art. They will each need to register AS A STUDENT at www.myhero.com/start to get their free multi-media page, complete with tutorials.

Please remember that the commitment is for every school to have an ORGANIZER/finished project page featuring all their student’s works, to share with their group and the MY HERO Project. The management of your student team is up to you.

 

These are examples of Organizer pages from previous circles.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (MHE)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view.asp?pageid=550

MIDDLE SCHOOL (MHM)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1703

HIGH SCHOOL (MHH)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view.asp?pageid=998

Call to Action: 2015 http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2276

 

The MY HERO Learning Circles provide opportunities for students to share ideas, research, resources, opinions, and beliefs and to ultimately share who inspires them, who is their hero.

Please make every effort to complete your hero stories, art, short films and/or audio by late April.  That way there will be time to share with each other and possibly have some skype sessions to celebrate together. Please check in with your group this week and update them on your progress.  Communication is very important at this point in the process.

Two last notes:

1.  It is not too late to enroll your students in the student forums.  If you would like your students to learn how to post messages in the iEARN Collaboration Centre and to exchange messages, please complete the following steps.  First, register your students in the Member Dashboard of the iEARN Collaboration Centre, next send Barry an email along with the following information to:learningcircles@gmail.com

Your Full Name:

Your Email Address:

Your Learning Circle Name: MHE, MHM/H or Call to Action

Age Level of Your Students (High, Middle, or Elementary):

Shortly after he receives your email, he will add you and your students to the forum.  He will notify you when this has occurred.  After this the forums are open to both you and your students.

2. Please remember that each teacher who signs up his/her students for the Student Forums is responsible for monitoring the content of the messages and discussions.  You can receive copies of all student messages that are posted by going to the forum and clicking on “My Group Settings.”  After this click on “Receive forum posts via email and enable topic creation via email.”

Looking forward to seeing your progress,

Wendy

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Learning Circles

myhero.com/learningcircles

wendy@myheroproject.org

FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/MyHeroProject

Twitter @myhero

MY HERO Global Learning Circles Update: March 29

Late March Greetings To All Circle Participants:

At this time of the year many schools are beginning spring breaks, returning from break, getting ready to celebrate a holiday, or going through exam periods.  Even though the number of messages may be few this week, hopefully they will increase during the next few weeks. Please stay in touch with your Learning Circle group members and give them an update on your progress.  If you will be away for a while, please inform your group about your schedule.

 

CONGRATULATIONS to Teacher MENDY Kanu from Sierra Leone, Middle/High School circle for winning the YOUTH ENGAGEMENT AWARD in the 2015 MY HERO SONG CONTEST for Future Generation by student from the Children’s Foundation of Technology in Sierra Leone! Please go to MY HERO Facebook page to congratulate him! https://www.facebook.com/MyHeroProject/?fref=ts

 

I am also seeing teachers having their students use the student forums.  These forums are excellent tools to use to get students sharing their ideas about heroes online.  

At this point, each student needs to choose the hero they want to share on THE MY HERO PROJECT in one of four ways, story, audio, short film or art. They will each need to register AS A STUDENT at www.myhero.com/start to get their free multi-media page, complete with tutorials.

Please remember that the commitment is for every school to have an ORGANIZER/finished project page featuring all their student’s works, to share with their group and the MY HERO Project. The management of your student team is up to you.

 

These are examples of Organizer pages from previous circles.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (MHE)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view.asp?pageid=550

MIDDLE SCHOOL (MHM)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1703

HIGH SCHOOL (MHH)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view.asp?pageid=998

Call to Action: 2015 http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2276

 

The MY HERO Learning Circles provide opportunities for students to share ideas, research, resources, opinions, and beliefs and to ultimately share who inspires them, who is their hero.

Please make every effort to complete your hero stories, art, short films and/or audio by late April.  That way there will be time to share with each other and possibly have some skype sessions to celebrate together. Please check in with your group this week and update them on your progress.  Communication is very important at this point in the process.

Two last notes:

1.  It is not too late to enroll your students in the student forums.  If you would like your students to learn how to post messages in the iEARN Collaboration Centre and to exchange messages, please complete the following steps.  First, register your students in the Member Dashboard of the iEARN Collaboration Centre, next send Barry an email along with the following information to:learningcircles@gmail.com

Your Full Name:

Your Email Address:

Your Learning Circle Name: MHE, MHM/H or Call to Action

Age Level of Your Students (High, Middle, or Elementary):

Shortly after he receives your email, he will add you and your students to the forum.  He will notify you when this has occurred.  After this the forums are open to both you and your students.

2. Please remember that each teacher who signs up his/her students for the Student Forums is responsible for monitoring the content of the messages and discussions.  You can receive copies of all student messages that are posted by going to the forum and clicking on “My Group Settings.”  After this click on “Receive forum posts via email and enable topic creation via email.”

Looking forward to seeing your progress,

Wendy

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Learning Circles

myhero.com/learningcircles

wendy@myheroproject.org

FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/MyHeroProject

Twitter @myhero

MY HERO Global Learning Circles Update: March 21

 

Greetings To All Participants: MHE, MHM/H and Call To Action Circles

 

Remember there are TWO WEBSITES for these CIRCLES, iEARN.org and MyHero.com.

 

Most of you have registered AS A TEACHER at MY HERO for your Free Multi-Media PAGE but if you have not please DO SO NOW: www.myhero.com/start

 

Also have EACH of your students register AS A STUDENT at www.myhero.com/start

THIS IS DIFFERENT FROM THE STUDENT FORUMS and is where they will share their HEROES.

This is the time for students to interact in their Student Forums about HEROES and who inspires them, To explore myhero.com THEN choose a hero to share.

 

There are FOUR ways to share their heroes @ www.myhero.com

 

EACH STUDENT registers as a student to get their free media page:

www.myhero.com/start

EACH TEACHER registers AS A TEACHER to get their educator/media page in order to complete their ORGANIZER PAGE:www.myhero.com/start

Each student or group of students chooses a hero and decides how to share the story of their hero. Students can explore the MY HERO website, brainstorm as a class, and research online and in their student forum for who might be their hero.  Teachers help students decide the medium with which they want to share their hero with other Learning Circle classes (and the world!).

Teachers can show examples of each and students choose.

STORIES - Author Web pages about heroes using text, images, links and multimedia.

ART - Submit original drawings, paintings, collages, photos, and digital media works illustrating heroes and heroism.

AUDIO - Artists and students of all ages are invited to share their original music and unique voice on MY HERO Audio to bring hero stories to life. Remember our SONG CONTEST with a MAY 1st. deadline.

SHORT FILM FESTIVAL - Learn how to tell hero stories with digital media tools. Submit original short films in the form of documentaries, animated works, flash, narrative, and experimental/musical entries, entries due in June.

REMEMBER: SUBMITTED STORIES, ART, SHORT FILMS AND AUDIO MUST BE ORIGINAL AND CREATED BY YOUR STUDENTS.

EXAMPLES OF ORGANIZER PAGES ARE HERE:

These are examples of Organizer pages from previous circles.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (MHE)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view.asp?pageid=550

MIDDLE SCHOOL (MHM)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1703

HIGH SCHOOL (MHH)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view.asp?pageid=998

 

This phase of Learning Circles should NOT be a time of inactivity and quietness.  Please continue to communicate with each other.

 

You should inform your Circle participants and facilitators regarding your schedule.  Your group can adjust the exchange schedule of your ORGANIZERS in May, but it is important that every member of your group is informed and is in agreement with the changes.  It is a good idea to post a short message to your Circle every week to let everyone know what you are doing.  

 

Please remember that the commitment is for every school to complete an ORGANIZER page showcasing your students HEROES in the form of Story, Art, Short Film or Audio. The management of your student team is up to you.  

 

This collaborative phase of the MY HERO Learning Circles is your opportunity to allow your students to creatively engage in student forums, discovering and sharing their HEROES with each other and the world. It should be student inspired, student created, and student managed as much as possible.  Above all it should be fun for them.  Projects are opportunities for students to shares ideas, research, resources, opinions, and beliefs.

 

After all your students works are published at myhero.com and you the teacher have gathered them into your ORGANIZER page, it is time to share with your CIRCLE partners on myhero.com as well as on a Final Project page that will be accessible to everyone through the iEARN Learning Circles Website. So they will be on TWO websites.

 

I also have two more items for you to consider:

 

1. Many schools are participating in the student forums; if you would like to have your students participate in the Learning Circle Student Forums please complete the following steps.  First, register your students in the Member Dashboard of the iEARN Collaboration Centre, next send Barry an email along with the following information to: learningcircles@gmail.com

 

Your Full Name:

Your Email Address:

Your Learning Circle Name:

Age Level of Your Students (High, Middle, or Elementary):

 

Shortly after Barry receives your email, he will add you and your students to the forum.  He will notify you when this has occurred.  After this the forums are open to both you and your students.

 

2.  Please remember that each teacher who signs up his/her students for the Student Forums is responsible for monitoring the content of the messages and discussions.  You can receive copies of all student messages that are posted by going to the forum and clicking on “My Group Settings.”  After this click on “Receive forum posts via email and enable topic creation via email.”

 

Let’s make good progress through March and April!

 

Keep up the great work,

Wendy and Barry

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Learning Circles

myhero.com/learningcircles

wendy@myheroproject.org

FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/MyHeroProject

Twitter @myhero

 

Barry S. Kramer, Ph.D.

iEARN Global Learning Circles Coordinator

http://learning.iearn.org/circles/

bskramer48@hotmail.com

learningcircles@gmail.com

Twitter: iEARNglobalLC

 

MY HERO Learning Circles Update: March 14, 2016

 

Hello to All MY HERO Learning Circle Participants;

 

Please enjoy the Class Surveys, but now it is time to let them pass away and focus on the reason we are together. The purpose of MY HERO Learning Circles is to work together to discover and share who inspires each of us. Who is your hero? This phase of Learning Circles is critically important for the future of your Circle.  

 

During the next 6 weeks students should be:

 

Discussing heroes and heroism in their student forums and with their classmates and teachers.

 

FIRST, if you have not done so already:

EACH STUDENT registers as a student to get their free media page:

www.myhero.com/start

EACH TEACHER registers AS A TEACHER to get their educator/media page in order to complete their ORGANIZER PAGE:www.myhero.com/start

 

Each student or group of students chooses a hero and decides how to share the story of their hero. Students can explore the MY HERO website, brainstorm as a class, and research online and in their student forum for who might be their hero.  Teachers help students decide the medium with which they want to share their hero with other Learning Circle classes (and the world!).

Teachers can show examples of each and students choose.

STORIES - Author Web pages about heroes using text, images, links and multimedia.

ART - Submit original drawings, paintings, collages, photos, and digital media works illustrating heroes and heroism.

AUDIO - Artists and students of all ages are invited to share their original music and unique voice on MY HERO Audio to bring hero stories to life. Remember our SONG CONTEST with a MAY 1st. deadline.

SHORT FILM FESTIVAL - Learn how to tell hero stories with digital media tools. Submit original short films in the form of documentaries, animated works, flash, narrative, and experimental/musical entries, entries due in June.

REMEMBER: SUBMITTED STORIES, ART, SHORT FILMS AND AUDIO MUST BE ORIGINAL AND CREATED BY YOUR STUDENTS.

EXAMPLES OF ORGANIZER PAGES ARE HERE:

These are examples of Organizer pages from previous circles.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (MHE)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view.asp?pageid=550

MIDDLE SCHOOL (MHM)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1703

HIGH SCHOOL (MHH)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view.asp?pageid=998

 

One more note. A lot of you have already registered your students to participate in the STUDENT FORUMS. A few students have posted. Please make sure EACH of your students replies to at least one post and also posts at least once.

If you have not registered and would like to have your students participate in the Learning Circle Student Forums please complete the following steps.  First, Your Full Name:

Your Email Address:

Your Learning Circle Name:

Age Level of Your Students (High, Middle, or Elementary):

 

Shortly after Barry receives your email, he will add you and your students to the forum.  He will notify you when this has occurred.  After this the forums are open to both you and your students.

 

Keep your Circle moving forward,

Wendy

 

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Learning Circles

myhero.com/learningcircles

wendy@myheroproject.org

FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/MyHeroProject

Twitter @myhero

MY HERO Learning Circles Update/NEXT STEP: March 6, 2016

Hello all participants in Elementary, Middle/High School and Call to Action Circles:

The MY HERO Learning Circle Student Forums are now open. If you would like your students to learn how to post messages in the iEARN Collaboration Centre and to exchange messages, please complete the following steps and read to end of this post.  First, register your students in the Member Dashboard of the iEARN Collaboration Centre, next send Barry an email along with the following information to: learningcircles@gmail.com

 

Your Full Name:

Your Email Address:

Your Learning Circle Name: MHE, MHM/H OR Call to Action

Age Level of Your Students (High, Middle, or Elementary):

 

Shortly after he receives your email, he will add you and your students to the forum.  We will notify you when this has occurred.  After this the forums are open to both you and your students.

THE TIME IS NOW FOR YOUR STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THEIR STUDENT FORUMS:

 

MY HERO Learning Circles STUDENT FORUM LINKS

Student Forum MHE

https://iearn.org/cc/space-26/group-460/forum

Student Forum MHM/H

https://iearn.org/cc/space-26/group-458

Student Forum Call to Action

https://iearn.org/cc/space-26/group-459

Student to Student Messages

Your students will be learning a great deal about students in other locations from their messages, but the form of communication in the Learning Circle forum is not personal letters between two students. With 150 to 300 students in a Learning Circle, it is very difficult to match up students for this type of exchange. More importantly, research has shown that this type of exchange exacts a high cost in teaching, planning, and classroom time, returning only the most limited educational benefits to the students.

Students who want pen or computer pals can list their postal or email addresses and a few words about themselves in a Student Directory in the Welcome Pack. These directories can be used by students who wish to find pen or computer pals. However, please do not send message meant for a single person to the Learning Circle forum. The Learning Circle is an Electronic Classroom and messages in this forum are addressed to everyone in the Circle. If a student wants to send a message to another student at one of the schools, this message should be sent to the school account rather than the Learning Circle forum or mailgroup.

That being said this is often a wonderful experience for your students to bring the world into their classroom and their classroom into the world!

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Learning Circles

myhero.com/learningcircles

wendy@myheroproject.org

FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/MyHeroProject

Twitter @myhero

MY HERO Learning Circles Update: February 29

 

Hello to all MY HERO Learning Circle Participants;

 

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FINISHING UP OLD BUSINESS

Your goal this week is to think about HEROES and explore the MY HERO site www.myhero.com. At the same time you should also finish up your opening activities such as Teacher Hello Messages, Class Surveys, and Welcome Packs.

 

Below are some creative examples of CLASS SURVEYS that have already been posted by participants:

 

Harmeet Kaur from India: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdHmJT5pR14&feature=youtu.be

 

Tatiana Dragan from Moldova: https://voicethread.com/myvoice/#thread/7559913/40734282/41863051

https://web.picovico.com/en/play/g1HAWQf5QSio6oRwFESBDA#.VryroeyscKU.email

 

Marina Savelieva from Russia: http://www.5forms.blogspot.ru/

 

Welcome Packs INFORMATION

Students are excited about the prospect of working with students in other locations, but they find it difficult to conceptualize the similarities and differences. An effective way to help students learn more about their partners is to exchange "Welcome Packs." A Welcome Pack is a small set of materials that describe you and your students, school and community. Welcome Packs are sent via postal mail and should be limited to the size of a large envelope.

 

An alternative to a welcome pack might be an Internet home page with information about the students, school and community. The construction of either of these can be a very productive learning experience.

 

While welcome packs serve as another way to introduce students, please do not wait until your Welcome Pack arrives to continue your work in discussing HEROES and HEROISM. Teachers and students are often very creative with ideas of what to send. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you help your students create their Welcome Packs.

1) Welcome Packs are fun to create, but they should not be so time-consuming that you and your students fail to participate in the Learning Circle dialog. You will need to have them ready in as soon as possible. Please check the time line for the date for mailing out Welcome Packs.

2) Once a class mails its Welcome Packs, the students are eager to receive the ones from the other classrooms. Welcome Packs are sent out by the end of the second week so that everyone will receive them about the same time.

3) Heavy packages cost more to send, especially overseas. You might want to keep cost in mind as you and your students make your choices.

Welcome Packs should be mailed (or posted online) by the end of Week 2. You can find the postal addresses of Learning Circle partners in the first "Circle News" message sent to your Learning Circle.

 

PLEASE MAKE SURE TO USE THIS LINK as we are working in TWO websites and this link takes you to

www.myhero.com/learningcircles which also has a clickable link to your FORUM!

 

A Few Notes:

 

1. Barry is planning to open the student forums as soon as we finish the Class Surveys.  This week would be a good time to register all the students you want to participate in the student forums.  You will need to do this through your iEARN account.  To register students go to your Member Dashboard and choose Student Management.  On the left hand side you will see a link that reads Manually Register Students.  You will need to register each student one at a time.

 

It is very important that students are registered before Barry opens the forums.  The task is more difficult for him after the forums have been opened.  

 

2.  Please stay in touch with your Circle Members on a regular basis. Send an email periodically, even if it is to only to say, “Hi.”  It is also polite to respond to messages.  Nothing is more discouraging than sharing information with a group and then having absolutely no response.

 

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Learning Circles

myhero.com/learningcircles

wendy@myheroproject.org

FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/MyHeroProject

Twitter @myhero

 

Forum Email Addresses:

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*My Hero Elementary School: lc2016s1-mhe1@collaborate.iearn.org

*My Hero Middle/High School: lc2016s1-mhm1@collaborate.iearn.org

*My Hero Call to Action: lc2016s1-mhca1@collaborate.iearn.org

 

MY HERO Learning Circles Update: February 17

 

What a great opening! The number of messages exchanged over the past 2 weeks has been impressive.   Most teachers have already met their Circle partners and have posted a Teacher Hello Message. If you have not done so, please post a message in your Learning Circle group forum and join in the introduction discussion.

 

Now it is time for you and your students to complete your Class Surveys.  There are many different ways to send your Class Survey.  The purpose of this task is for your students to share some information about themselves, their school, and their community.  Please remember that the survey is all about your students.  Please allow them to fill it out – it is not about what teachers think – it’s about your students.  You can send your information in any cross platform presentation that you wish.

 

Please remember, that this template is a starting point for your students to share cultural information.  You are free to add to it and be as creative as you wish.  In the past, some schools have added additional information, included pictures, created PowerPoints, produced movies, and even recorded podcasts!  The limit is your time and creativity.

 

At this time our goal is to continue to exchange cultural information, learn about other, and share our daily lives.

 

REMEMBER, this circle works in TWO websites. MY HERO and IEARN. Make this link your friend as you can ACCESS both sites here:

 

www.myhero.com/learningcircles

PLEASE click on TIMELINE at the above link if you want to see where we are headed. CALL TO ACTION circle has a different timeline… so please check on my weekly updates from Facilitator.

 

All Class Surveys and attachments of any type can be found in your Learning Circle group in the iEARN Collaboration Centre.  You can quickly find them in the Recent Media section.

 

You can send your Class Survey as an attachment to any message posted to your Circle.  Attachments that are around 2 MB or less will be automatically distributed with your email notifications.  Larger files will be posted in your Circle Media Center.  You should receive a link message to download the attachment. The file size limit in the Collaboration Centre is 32 MB.  Please try to reduce the size of photos and video files.

 

A Few Notes:

 

1.  Please remember there are three different ways to post messages.  You can post a message in your discussion forum, you can send a message directly to your group email address, or you can reply to a message that you have received:

*My Hero Elementary School: lc2016s1-mhe1@collaborate.iearn.org

*My Hero Middle/High School: lc2016s1-mhm1@collaborate.iearn.org

*My Hero Call to Action: lc2016s1-mhca1@collaborate.iearn.org

 

2. In the iEARN Collaboration Centre, Barry cannot change the email address where your messages are sent, but you can change your iEARN email address at any time.  In order to do this, go to your Member Dashboard and choose My Account.  The place where you change your email address is near the top.

 

3.  iEARN has some very useful tutorials that can help you to use your iEARN account and interact in the forums.  Please check out the tutorials at: http://tutorials.iearn.org/

 

4. We are hoping to open the student forums as soon as we finish the Class Surveys.  This week would be a good time to register all the students you want to participate in the student forums.  You will need to do this through your iEARN account.  To register students go to your Member Dashboard and choose Student Management.  On the left hand side you will see a link that reads Manually Register Students.  You will need to register each student one at a time.

 

It is very important that students are registered before Barry opens the forums.  The task is more difficult for him after the forums have been opened.  We will be sending around a message with special instructions for the Student Forums when they are ready to be opened.

 

5.  Please stay in touch with your Circle Members on a regular basis. Send an email periodically, even if it is to only to say, “Hi.”  It is also polite to respond to messages.  Nothing is more discouraging than sharing information with a group and then having absolutely no response.

 

We are off to an excellent start! NEXT IS WELCOME PACKAGES… refer to TIMELINE for info.

 

Keep the momentum going,

Cheers

Wendy

 

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Learning Circles

myhero.com/learningcircles

wendy@myheroproject.org

FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/MyHeroProject

Twitter @myhero

 

 

 

 

UPDATE and Next Step: MY HERO Learning Circles

February 10, 2016

Hello to all MY HERO Learning Circle Participants;

Below is the MY HERO Class Survey form.  I have also attached a Word copy of the form. Please share this information with your partner classes by posting in your forum.

Please remember, that this template is a starting point for you to share some cultural information about your students, school, and community.  You are free to add to it and be as creative as you wish.  In the past, some teachers have added additional information, included pictures, created Power Points, produced movies, and even recorded podcasts! The limit is your time and creativity.

 

Have fun and keep writing to each other,

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Learning Circles

wendy@myheroproject.org

www.myhero.com/learningcircles

www.myhero.com/start

www.myhero.com

https://www.facebook.com/MyHeroProject

TWITTER @myhero

 

The MY HERO Class Survey

 

Circle Name: MHE ____   MHM/H____ CallToAction____

Class Name:

School Name:

SCHOOL ADDRESS (please make sure this is accurate with ALL postal codes, etc…. this is for the welcome packages exchange)

 

PART I. INTRODUCING THE CLASS

 

A. Name of teacher:

 

B. Grade level:

 

C. Class favorites (List your class top 5 favorites in each category):

 

1. Music groups –

 

2. Authors-

 

3. TV programs-

 

4. Foods-

 

5. School subjects-

 

6. Sports-

 

7. Video or computer games-

 

8. Favorite Websites-

 

9. Other Class Favorites of your choice

 

PART II. INTRODUCING THE SCHOOL

 

A. School information

 

1.         Name of School

 

2. Number of students in class and school

                

            3. Size of school

 

4. School emblem, colors or mascot

 

             5. School history

                

 

B. School program

 

1. List 3 things about your school program that make it unique.

PART III. INTRODUCING THE COMMUNITY

 

A. Your community

 

1. Name of your community-

 

2. If not a city, name and size of nearest city

 

            3. Location of your community

 

4. The area of your community

 

5. The population of your community

 

B. Special characteristics

 

1. List 3 reasons why people come to visit your area.

.

2. Describe any unusual land formation found in or near your community.

                

C. Industries

 

List major industries or occupations in your community.

PART IV. WHO IS A HERO?

 

Please have the students open a discussion about who inspires them…what is a hero? Who is a hero? How should one choose a hero? What are the traits of a hero? Can anyone be a hero? Etc. They can interact with each other in their specified Student Forums in the secure, iearn site.

PART V. OTHER INFORMATION

 

Please feel free to share any other information about yourself that you think would help us to know you better and feel free to be creative… some teachers use Power points or short videos or whatever you like… the main thing is to SHARE.

 

 

 

MY HERO LEARNING CIRCLES - WELCOME - February 2016

 

Hello to all the new teachers and classes of the current MY HERO LEARNING CIRCLES.

 

My name is Wendy Jewell and I have been facilitating the My Hero Learning Circles for 11 years. I am a producer, writer and educator at the MY HERO Project and have taken part in the project since it began 20 years ago. I live in the country outside of Toronto. As a parent and educator, I love the MY HERO Learning Circles because they bring your class into the world and the world into your classroom. It is also inspiring to learn about so many kids heroes, especially the ones from their own countries that many of us may not have heard of before. It is nice to see some familiar names in these circles, excellent teachers who have done this project before and will be great examples to those of you who are jumping in for the first time.

 

It is always so exciting to start a new session of My Hero Learning Circles. This time we have 3 groups. 8 classes in elementary (MHE): from Pakistan, USA, Moldova, Mexico and Taiwan. 9 classes in middle/high school, (MHM/MHH): from Moldova, Algeria, USA, Russia and Sierra Leone. And 6 classes in our special CALL TO ACTION (MHCA); from Azerbaijan, Mexico, USA, France, India and Moldova. I will be following this HELLO email with a short list of critical tips to make these circles the best experience they can be for everyone. One critical point is that WE ALL NEED TO KEEP UP WITH THE SCHEDULE so that we can finish before the end of APRIL and have MAY to share our HEROES with each other.

 

Please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns or thoughts as we go along this journey together.  I am here to help, along with a great team at the MY HERO Project.

 

CHEERS.

Wendy Jewell Facilitator MY HERO Learning Circles

wendy@myheroproject.org

www.myhero.com/start

http://myhero.com/learningcircles

www.myhero.com

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/MyHeroProject/

Twitter: @myhero

 

 

 

MY HERO Learning Circles CLOSING: January 25

 Final Notice To All Participants;

 Your forum for the current project will close tomorrow.

 

Even though this session of MY HERO Learning Circles is closing, I will still continue to accept Finished Projects, that being your ORGANIZER pages.  There is no deadline for submitting a project.  You may send it any time it is finished.  Barry will also be happy to feature your project on the Finished Project Page at IEARN.

 

Barry will also be happy to issue a Certificate of Participation to any teacher who has successfully completed a finished project with students, which means an ORGANIZER.

 

Please take the time to look over and share the finished projects from other schools with your students.  Many excellent projects have been created during this session of Learning Circles.

MHE1

Johanna Archer

http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2345

 

MHM1

Amal Fahim ElQersh -

http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2341

 

Natalia Rata – (Intro page? No work content)

MY HERO Team – Introducing ourselves

http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2372

 

Olena Bushtruk

http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2366

 

Shahnaz Rehan

http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2367

 

Tatiana Dragon

http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2374

 

MHH

Elena Mishatkina

http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2352

 

Natalia Rata – Heroes of Our Times –

My School, my class (11th grade intro)

http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2355

 

Natalia Rata - MY HERO team (11th grade stories)

http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2375

 

Maia Tkemaladze

http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2369

 

Tatiana Dragon

http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2377

 

Natalia Rata – Those who make our life better

http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2381

 

Viorica Arnaut

http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2370

 

Finished Project Page: September 2015 to January 2016 session of Learning Circles: http://learning.iearn.org/circles/2015session2/index.htm

 

The next session of Learning Circles begins on January 30, 2016.  You may still register if you would like to participate: https://iearn.org/cc/space-26 We are featuring the CALL TO ACTION circle which may interest you as your class can work together on ONE Hero or Heroic Organization to support. Below are two examples from last year:

EGYPT: Amal Fahim ElQersh – Teacher

Be Green and Recycle: http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2234

 

USA: Kathryn Zimmerman – Teacher

Student Leaders find their voice

Project Web site - http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2215

 

Thank you for your participation and dedication,

Wendy

 

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Learning Circles

www.myhero.com/learningcircles

www.myhero.com

www.myhero.com/start

wendy@myheroproject.org

Twitter: @myhero

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MyHeroProject

HAPPY NEW YEAR to all past and future

MY HERO LEARNING CIRCLE PARTICIPANTS!

CALLING ALL TEACHERS!

PLEASE JOIN US For a Special:

CALL TO ACTION MY HERO Learning Circle beginning January 30.

REGISTER NOW: https://iearn.org/cc/space-26 

Facilitator: wendy@myheroproject.org

 

Bring the world into your classroom and your classroom into the world.

Classes choose a hero or a heroic organization in your community and show them your support in whatever way you see fit. Our team will mentor you and your students in the process of documenting their activism with Skype sessions, blogs, diaries, art and or short films. This media can be shared with classes taking part in the circle.

MY HERO International Film Festival Director Wendy Milette will mentor those interested in making films. Victoria Murphy, Director of the MY HERO Gallery will curate an online Gallery of Heroic Art work shared in the circle. Students can also write songs, or essays and share their media online.

Working together we can further promote the positive work of your students and the local organizations they support. MY HERO Learning Circle Facilitator Wendy Jewell and IEARN Global LC Coordinator Barry Kramer will support teachers taking part in this learning circle.

We are also hosting our usual, Elementary, Middle and High School circles, so register NOW if you have not already done so:

 https://iearn.org/cc/space-26 

Looking forward to hearing from you and working with you and your students in this very special circle.

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Global Learning Circles

http://www.myhero.com/learningcircles

The MY HERO Global Learning Circle is a joint venture between iEARN.org and The MY HERO Project.  Elementary, Middle and High School classes from around the world collaborate in projects that celebrate heroes through writing, art, music and short films.

 

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL OF THE MY HERO Learning Circles!

I wish you all a very peaceful and happy time with family and friends over this time. I will be checking in after the 27th of December and will be available to help you all complete the MY HERO Project part of your CIRCLE.

Remember your partner classes are counting on you to complete and share your HERO stories, art, short films or audio. Scroll down (www.myhero.com/learningcircles) for any information you may have missed but also feel free to contact me for help.

Thanks for all you do.

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Learning Circles

www.myhero.com/learningcircles

wendy@myheroproject.org

MY HERO NEXT STEPS AND UPDATE DECEMBER 14

Hello all participants in the MY HERO Learning Circles

How are you all doing with completing the MY HERO Project? All instructions are below.

Please email me if you have any questions or if there is any way I can help facilitate your completion of your organizer pages with all your students works!

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Learning Circles

www.myhero.com

www.myhero.com/start

www.myhero.com/learningcircles

wendy@myheroproject.org

MY HERO UPDATE December 7, 2015

Hello all MY HERO LEARNING CIRCLE participants in MHE, MHM and MHH - TIME IS FLYING BY AND TIME TO TELL US ABOUT YOUR HEROES

Please make sure you give your partners an update of where you are in the project. And when you will be completing and sharing your HEROES with them and the world online at www.myhero.com

FIRST, is you have not done so already:

EACH STUDENT registers as a student to get their free media page:

www.myhero.com/start

EACH TEACHER registers AS A TEACHER to get their educator/media page in order to complete their ORGANIZER PAGE:www.myhero.com/start

Each student or group of students chooses a hero and decides how to share the story of their hero. Students can explore the MY HERO website, brainstorm as a class, and research online and in their student forum for who might be their hero.  Teachers help students decide the medium with which they want to share their hero with other Learning Circle classes (and the world!).

Teachers can show examples of each and students choose.

STORIES - Author Web pages about heroes using text, images, links and multimedia.

ART - Submit original drawings, paintings, collages, photos, and digital media works illustrating heroes and heroism.

AUDIO - Artists and students of all ages are invited to share their original music and unique voice on MY HERO Audio to bring hero stories to life. Remember our SONG CONTEST with a MAY 1st. deadline.

SHORT FILM FESTIVAL - Learn how to tell hero stories with digital media tools. Submit original short films in the form of documentaries, animated works, flash, narrative, and experimental/musical entries, entries due in June.

REMEMBER: SUBMITTED STORIES, ART, SHORT FILMS AND AUDIO MUST BE ORIGINAL AND CREATED BY YOUR STUDENTS.

EXAMPLES OF ORGANIZER PAGES ARE HERE:

These are examples of Organizer pages from previous circles.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (MHE)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view.asp?pageid=550

MIDDLE SCHOOL (MHM)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1703

HIGH SCHOOL (MHH)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view.asp?pageid=998

Remember other schools are depending on your to keep to the schedule! Following schedules is an important workplace skill.  Please keep your partners informed of your progress. Your Circle is free to adjust the deadlines according to the needs of your Circle members.

Let me know how I can help.

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Global Learning Circles

www.myhero.com/learningcircles

www.myhero.com

www.myhero.com/start

wendy@myheroproject.org

 

MY HERO Learning Circles Update: November 24

 

Late November Greetings To All Learning Circle Participants;

 

At this time of the year many schools are getting ready to celebrate a holiday, go on break, or are going through exam periods.  Very few messages have been exchanged during the week.  Hopefully, most of you will be able to get back to your normal schedule soon and will be able to resume your commitment to MY HERO Learning Circles.

 

Please stay in touch with your Learning Circle group members and give them an update on your progress.

 

Keep up the exchanges in the teacher and student forums and enjoy your digital and physical welcome packages and skype exchanges.

Time is flying by and it is now time for each student and teacher to CHOOSE their hero and then there are four ways to SHARE the story of their hero.

FIRST, is you have not done so already:

EACH STUDENT registers as a student to get their free media page:

www.myhero.com/start

EACH TEACHER registers AS A TEACHER to get their educator/media page in order to complete their ORGANIZER PAGE:www.myhero.com/start

Each student or group of students chooses a hero and decides how to share the story of their hero. Students can explore the MY HERO website, brainstorm as a class, and research online and in their student forum for who might be their hero.  Teachers help students decide the medium with which they want to share their hero with other Learning Circle classes (and the world!).

Teachers can show examples of each and students choose.

STORIES - Author Web pages about heroes using text, images, links and multimedia.

ART - Submit original drawings, paintings, collages, photos, and digital media works illustrating heroes and heroism.

AUDIO - Artists and students of all ages are invited to share their original music and unique voice on MY HERO Audio to bring hero stories to life. Remember our SONG CONTEST with a MAY 1st. deadline.

SHORT FILM FESTIVAL - Learn how to tell hero stories with digital media tools. Submit original short films in the form of documentaries, animated works, flash, narrative, and experimental/musical entries, entries due in June.

REMEMBER: SUBMITTED STORIES, ART, SHORT FILMS AND AUDIO MUST BE ORIGINAL AND CREATED BY YOUR STUDENTS.

EXAMPLES OF ORGANIZER PAGES ARE HERE:

These are examples of Organizer pages from previous circles.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (MHE)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view.asp?pageid=550

MIDDLE SCHOOL (MHM)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1703

HIGH SCHOOL (MHH)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view.asp?pageid=998

Remember other schools are depending on your to keep to the schedule! Following schedules is an important workplace skill.  Please keep your partners informed of your progress. Your Circle is free to adjust the deadlines according to the needs of your Circle members.

Let me know how I can help.

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Global Learning Circles

www.myhero.com/learningcircles

www.myhero.com

www.myhero.com/start

wendy@myheroproject.org

 

Please join MY HERO Learning Circle Facilitator and MY HERO Director of Media Wendy Milette for an innovative interactive

session online at the 2015 Global Education Conference this Monday, November 16th.

Click on the link below

Follow instructions to join

Scroll down and click on your time zone

http://www.globaleducationconference.com/page/sessions-and-schedule         

       

Our session is titled: Becoming more active citizens of the world with MY HERO and it is first up after    the opening KEYNOTE of November 16th.

http://www.globaleducationconference.com/forum/topics/becoming-more-active-citizens-of-the-world-with-my-hero 

Hope to see you all there!

Cheers

Wendy

UPDATE AND NEXT STEPS for MY HERO Learning Circles November 10, 2015

 

Hello to All MY HERO Learning Circle Participants; MHE, MHM, MHH

 

Thank you to all teachers and students who have shared HELLOES, CLASS SURVEYS, WELCOME PACKAGES and signed their students up to participate in the STUDENT FORUMS.

 

Please remember that the goal of Learning Circles is for schools to engage in collaborative online project work.   Talking to each other and discussing your thoughts about HEROES, WHO IS A HERO, How DO WE CHOOSE A HERO, Are Celebrities Heroes, Can anyone be a hero, etc is a good way to get to know each other. Some members are doing this and it is proving to be very successful.

 

Some students have already posted in the MHM student forum… PLEASE HAVE YOUR STUDENTS RESPOND AND POST THEIR OWN topic as well. It is very disappointing to post in the forums and have no one reply.

In HIGH SCHOOL Student Forums, Georgia and Moldova classes are registered but need to BEGIN! ENJOY.

 

Over the next 6 weeks each student and teacher needs to DISCUSS about heroes on the forums, Research heroes on the MY HERO Project site and other sites, www.myhero.com, CHOOSE a hero to share and create either a STORY, ART, SHORT FILM or AUDIO about that hero to upload onto the MY HERO Site through your free media page that you get when registering at www.myhero.com/start

 

The most important thing is to keep in touch with your group members!

 

Four notes:

 

1.  If you are going to be away for a week or two please let you facilitator know that you will not be posting messages.  Communication is the key to a successful Learning Circle.  It is a really good idea to check in at least once a week to give your group facilitator and group members a status update on your progress.  This is also a good time to ask questions and to share what your students are doing at school.  Everyone appreciates these updates and loves to see what is going on at other schools around the world.

 

2.  If you would like to have your students participate in the Learning Circle Student Forums please complete the following steps.  First, register your students in the Member Dashboard of the iEARN Collaboration Centre, next me send an email along with the following information to: learningcircles@gmail.com

 

Your Full Name:

Your Email Address:

Your Learning Circle Name: MHE or MHM or MHH

Age Level of Your Students (High, Middle, or Elementary):

 

Shortly after Barry receives your email, he will add you and your students to the forum.  He will notify you when this has occurred.  After this the forums are open to both you and your students.

 

3.  Please remember that each teacher who signs up his/her students for the Student Forums is responsible for monitoring the content of the messages and discussions.  You can receive copies of all student messages that are posted by going to the forum and clicking on “My Group Settings.”  After this click on “Receive forum posts via email and enable topic creation via email.”

 

4. EACH STUDENT AND TEACHER NEEDS TO REGISTER AS a STUDENT OR as a TEACHER at

www.myhero.com/start for your free media page at the MY HERO Project.

If you have any questions please feel free to post a question in your forum OR email me at wendy@myheroproject.org

 

KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK AND PARTICIPATION!

 

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Learning Circles

www.myhero.com/learningcircles

www.myhero.com/start

www.myhero.com

wendy@myheroproject.org

 

 

NEXT STEPS for MHE, MHM1 and MHH circles November 2, 2015

Finishing up old business and moving into Student Forums and HEROES.

Teachers and Students should all be registered at the MY HERO Project:

www.myhero.com/start

THIS IS IMPORTANT:

Teachers register as a TEACHER.

Students register as a STUDENT.

 

Time to research heroes and choose who you want to write a story about, create art about, do a short film about or create an audio portrait.

There are FOUR ways to share your HERO at the MY HERO Project:

STORIES - The Directory of  Hero Stories contains thousands of submissions that are categorized into different types of heroes, such as: Community, Family, Lifesavers and Scientists. Everyone is invited to build a web page to honor heroes from around the globe.

 

ART - The Art Gallery is home to artwork celebrating heroes and heroism from students and professionals. Share your original art work online with our global learning community.

 

FILMS - The Screening Room provides a home for inspirational short films.  International Film Festival is MY HERO’s annual event to celebrate the best of humanity as captured in film. Media Arts Resources gives you the tools to bring your heroes’ stories alive through digital filmmaking.  You can submit your work, nominate the work of others, see the sponsors, or watch the winners by year. There are also special awards for peace, media and activists.

 

AUDIO allows you to listen to music, stories and poetry about heroism, as well as to submit your own work.

 

There is an essay called HOW TO CHOOSE A HERO at www.myhero.com/learningcircles

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There is still time for you and your students to participate in the PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD at the MY HERO International Film Festival. DEADLINE November 11: http://myhero.com/films/publicvote.asp

 

 FINISHING UP OLD BUSINESS

Your goal this week is to finish up your opening activities such as Teacher Hello Messages, Class Surveys, and Welcome Packs and move on to having your students participate in their Student Forums and talk about WHO IS A HERO, HOW DO YOU CHOOSE A HERO, etc. You can lead the student discussions or pick a student to do so.

 

If you would like to have your students participate in the MY HERO Learning Circle Student Forums please complete the following steps. First, register your students in the Member Dashboard of the iEARN Collaboration Centre, next send Barry an email along with the following information to: learningcircles@gmail.com

 

Your Full Name:

Your Email Address:

Your Learning Circle Name: MHE or MHM or MHH

Age Level of Your Students (High, Middle, or Elementary):

Shortly after Barry receives your email, he will add you and your students to the forum.  He will notify you when this has occurred.  After this the forums are open to both you and your students.

 

Victoria from the MHM circle is the first to have her students ready to participate in the STUDENT FORUMS… so make sure all of you in MHM have your students participate as well. The time is NOW and the Student Forum is open. Go to My Group settings  and click to get emails from this forum as well as your teacher forum.

 

Keep your Circle moving forward,

Wendy and Barry

WENDY JEWELL

Facilitator

MY HERO Global Learning Circles

www.myhero.com

www.myhero.com/start

www.myhero.com/learningcircles

wendy@myheroproject.org

MY HERO UPDATE AND NEXT STEPS October 22, 2014

Hello all participants in MHE, MHM and MHH

Please click on the TIMELINE to the right of this paragraph and download it to see where we are headed in this circle.

THIS week it is time complete these tasks if you have not already done so:  Send TEACHER Hello messages, Complete the Class Survey and post it in your forums to share with your students:

PLEASE MAKE A NEW TOPIC each time you post something new, for example:

CLASS SURVEY FROM (TEACHER) from (COUNTRY) and (SCHOOL)

 

Decide on Welcome packages to share:

Welcome Packs

Students are excited about the prospect of working with students in other locations, but they find it difficult to conceptualize the similarities and differences. An effective way to help students learn more about their partners is to exchange "Welcome Packs." A Welcome Pack is a small set of materials that describe you and your students, school and community. Welcome Packs are sent via postal mail and should be limited to the size of a large envelope.

An alternative to a welcome pack might be an Internet home page with information about the students, school and community. The construction of either of these can be a very productive learning experience.

While welcome packs serve as another way to introduce students, please do not wait until your Welcome Pack arrives to continue your work in planning Learning Circle projects. Teachers and students are often very creative with ideas of what to send. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you help your students create their Welcome Packs.

1) Welcome Packs are fun to create, but they should not be so time-consuming that you and your students fail to participate in the Learning Circle dialog. You will need to have them ready in as soon as possible. Please check the time line for the date for mailing out Welcome Packs.

2) Once a class mails its Welcome Packs, the students are eager to receive the ones from the other classrooms. Welcome Packs are sent out by the end of the second week so that everyone will receive them about the same time.

3) Heavy packages cost more to send, especially overseas. You might want to keep cost in mind as you and your students make your choices.

Welcome Packs should be mailed (or posted online) by the end of Week 2. You can find the postal addresses of Learning Circle partners in the first "Circle News" message sent to your Learning Circle.

CLASS SURVEYS:

Put together your MY HERO Class Surveys and share with your group. There are many different ways to send your Class Survey.  The purpose of this task is for your students to share some information about themselves, their school, and their community.  You can send your information in any cross platform presentation that you wish.

Please remember, that this template is a starting point for your students to share cultural information.  You are free to add to it and be as creative as you wish.  In the past, some schools have added additional information, included pictures, created PowerPoints, produced movies, and even recorded podcasts!  The limit is your time and creativity.

At this time our goal is to continue to exchange cultural information, learn about each other, and share our daily lives.

All Class Surveys and attachments of any type can be found in your Learning Circle group in the iEARN Collaboration Centre.  You can quickly find them in the Recent Media section.  

You can send your Class Survey as an attachment to any message posted to your Circle.  Attachments that are around 2 MB or less will be automatically distributed with your email notifications.  Larger files will be posted in your Circle Media Center.  You should receive a link message to download the attachment.

A Few Notes:

1.  Please remember there are three different ways to post messages.  You can post a message in your discussion forum, you can send a message directly to your group email address, or you can reply to a message that you have received:

My Hero Elementary: lc2015s2-mhe1@collaborate.iearn.org

My Hero Middle: lc2015s2-mhm1@collaborate.iearn.org

My Hero High School: lc2015s2-mhh1@collaborate.iearn.org

 

2. In the new Collaboration Centre, Barry cannot change the email address where your messages are sent, but you can change your iEARN email address at any time.  In order to do this, go to your Member Dashboard and choose My Account.  The place where you change your email address is near the top.

3. We are hoping to open the student forums as soon as we finish the Class Surveys.  This week would be a good time to register all the students you want to participate in the student forums.  You will need to do this through your iEARN account.  To register students go to your Member Dashboard and choose Student Management.  On the left hand side you will see a link that reads Manually Register Students.  You will need to register each student one at a time.

It is very important that students are registered before we open the forums.  The task is more difficult after the forums have been opened.  We will be sending around a message with special instructions for the Student Forums when they are ready to be opened.

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE USING TWO WEBSITES: IEARN AND MY HERO and students and teachers need to register in BOTH.

 

TO REGISTER AT MY HERO:

Teachers register as TEACHERS at www.myhero.com/start

Students register as STUDENTS at www.myhero.com/start

 

4.  Please stay in touch with your Circle Members on a regular basis. Send an email periodically, even if it is to only to say, “Hi.”  It is also polite to respond to messages.  Nothing is more discouraging than sharing information with a group and then having absolutely no response.

We are off to an excellent start!  

Keep the momentum going,

Cheers

Wendy and Barry

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Global Learning Circles

www.myhero.com

wendy@myheroproject.org

The below url is your friend. It has updates to the left. To the right you can click on TIMELINE to see where we are going and also you can find the MY HERO Class Survey. Also shortly you will be able to access your IEARN TEACHER FORUMS, as well as checking out final project ORGANIZER pages of past circles: http://www.myhero.com/learningcircles

MY HERO LEARNING CIRCLES - Update October 14, 2015

Hello All MY HERO Learning Circle Participants:

MHE, MHM and MHH

 

What a great opening! Most teachers have already met their Circle partners and have posted a Teacher Hello Message. If you have not done so, please post a message in your Learning Circle group forum and join in the introduction discussion.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP UP WITH EACH WEEK’S TASK.

 

PLEASE MAKE USE OF THIS URL:  www.myhero.com/learningcircles

 

TO the left of the page you will see updates and can scroll down for any you missed. TO THE RIGHT of the page you can download the TIMELINE

 

Each IEARN Forum is accessible by clicking your appropriate button (MHE, MHM or MHH), also an essay “How to Choose a Hero”, what teachers are saying and previous circle final projects in ORGANIZER form.

 

Now it is time for you and your students to put together your MY HERO Class Surveys.  There are many different ways to send your Class Survey.  The purpose of this task is for your students to share some information about themselves, their school, and their community.  Please remember that the survey is all about your students. Please allow them to fill it out – it is not about what teachers think – it’s about your students.  You can send your information in any cross platform presentation that you wish.

 

This template is a starting point for your students to share cultural information. You are free to add to it and be as creative as you wish.  In the past, some schools have added additional information, included pictures, created PowerPoints, produced movies, and even recorded podcasts!  The limit is your time and creativity.

All Class Surveys and attachments of any type can be found in your Learning Circle group in the iEARN Collaboration Centre.  You can quickly find them in the Recent Media section.

You can send your Class Survey as an attachment to any message posted to your Circle.  Attachments that are around 2 MB or less will be automatically distributed with your email notifications.  Larger files will be posted in your Circle Media Center.  You should receive a link message to download the attachment.

 

BUT YOU CAN ALSO DO THE MY HERO CLASS SURVEY IN A WORD DOCUMENT, please do NOT feel you have to do anything fancy. The information exchange is the thing!

A Few Notes:

1.  Please remember there are three different ways to post messages.  You can post a message in your discussion forum, you can send a message directly to your group email address, or you can reply to a message that you have received:

*My Hero Elementary School:  lc2015s2-mhe1@collaborate.iearn.org

*My Hero Middle School: lc2015s2-mhm1@collaborate.iearn.org

*My Hero High School:  lc2015s2-mhh1@collaborate.iearn.org

 

2. In the iEARN Collaboration Centre, we cannot change the email address where your messages are sent, but you can change your iEARN email address at any time.  In order to do this, go to your Member Dashboard and choose My Account. The place where you change your email address is near the top.

3 We are hoping to open the student forums as soon as we finish the Class Surveys.  This week would be a good time to register all the students you want to participate in the student forums.  You will need to do this through your iEARN account.  To register students go to your Member Dashboard and choose Student Management.  On the left hand side you will see a link that reads Manually Register Students.  You will need to register each student one at a time.

It is very important that students are registered before we open the forums.  The task is more difficult for Barry after the forums have been opened.  I will be sending around a message with special instructions for the Student Forums when they are ready to be opened.

4.  Please stay in touch with your Circle Members on a regular basis. Send an email periodically, even if it is to only to say, “Hi.”  It is also polite to respond to messages.  Nothing is more discouraging than sharing information with a group and then having absolutely no response.

We are off to an excellent start!

Keep the momentum going,

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Learning Circles

www.myhero.com

www.myhero.com/learningcircles

www.myhero.com/start

wendy@myheroproject.org

MY HERO LEARNING CIRCLES - WELCOME - October 2015

Hello to all the new teachers and classes of the current MY HERO LEARNING CIRCLES.

My name is Wendy Jewell and I have been facilitating the My Hero Learning Circles for 10 years. I am a producer, writer and educator at the My Hero Project and have taken part in the project since it began 20 years ago. As a parent and educator, I love the MY HERO  Learning Circles because they bring your class into the world and the world into your classroom. It is also inspiring to learn about so many kids heroes, especially the ones from their own countries that many of us may not have heard of before. It is nice to see some familiar names in this circle, excellent teachers who have done this project before and will be great examples to those of you who are jumping in for the first time.

It is always so exciting to start a new session of My Hero Learning Circles. This time we have 3 groups. 11 classes in elementary (MHE1: USA, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Pakistan, Russia and Columbia. 10 classes in middle school, (MHM1): Egypt, Russia, Taiwan, Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia. And 5 classes in high school (MHH): Russia, Moldova and Georgia.   I will be following this HELLO email with a short list of critical tips to make these circles the best experience they can be for everyone. One critical point is that WE ALL NEED TO KEEP UP WITH THE SCHEDULE so that we can finish before the end of December and have January to share our HEROES with each other.

Please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns or thoughts as we go along this journey together.  I am here to help, along with a great team at the My Hero Project.  CHEERS.

Wendy Jewell Facilitator MY HERO Learning Circles

wendy@myheroproject.org

www.myhero.com/start

http://myhero.com/learningcircles

AUGUST 2015

How times flies!

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer or winter depending where you are in the world.

Time to start thinking about the new sessions of MY HERO Learning Circles! Bring your classroom into the world and the world into your classroom.

The MY HERO Learning Circles program is a joint venture between the International Education Resource Network (iEARN.org) and The MY HERO Project. The MY HERO Learning Circles provide a unique forum for students and teachers who are interested in collaborating with other schools from around the world on the topic of heroes and heroism through writing, creating digital art, audio and filmmaking.

We are once again offering Elementary, Middle and High School circles as well as, back by popular demand our CALL TO ACTION circle.

How To Become a Participant? To join MY HERO Learning Circles, you must first be a member of iEARN and complete an iEARN Learning Circle placement form (https://collaborate.iearn.org/space-25) at least two weeks before the beginning of the session. Once you complete the placement form, you will be contacted by email in order to confirm your information and to determine your correct MY HERO Circle placement.

Schedule for Learning Circles:

Session 1 (September to January): Begins late September and ends in mid-January (16 weeks with a 2-week break in December). Learning Circle Placement forms are due in early September.

Session 2 (January to May): Begins late January and ends in late May (15 weeks with a 1-week break in Spring). Learning Circle Placement forms are due early January

Call to Action Back by popular demand: Announcing a CALL TO ACTION MY HERO Learning Circle in session 1. The goal of this Circle is for students and teachers to create and document an action plan to support the work of an identified Hero(es) or create a local initiative to continue or support the actions of an existing organization. There will be online Training Sessions with our head of MEDIA and LC Facilitator for Teachers on HOW TO use our multi-media resources. Join us!

Below are examples of completed projects:

MHE:

Abdelaziz Rhazzali

Grade 6

Aghbalou Elementary School

Tinghir, Ourazazte, Morocco

Topic - My Hero

Level - Elementary School

Project Web site - http://www.myhero.com/myhero/go/ecreate/view.asp?pageid=547

Guillermo Ojeda Lajud

Crafts English Workshops

Xalapa, Mexico

Topic - Crafts English Workshops Heroes

Level - Elementary School

Project Web site - http://www.myhero.com/go/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1673

MHM:

Laura Nietzer

Saddle River Day School

 Saddle River, New Jersey, United States

Topic - My Hero

Level - Middle School

Project Web site - http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2222

MHH:

Cornelia Platon

Classes: 11 A & B

Alexandru Papiu Ilarian High School

Dej, Romania

Topic - My Hero

Level - High School

Project Web site - http://www.myhero.com/go/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1555

CALL TO ACTION:

Amal Fahim ElQersh

Ahmed Nasser, Nourhan Gamal, Nesma Tarek, Mayam Hammad, Micheal Bahaa, Aya Ali, Sofia Amgd, Nada Khaled, Batool Ibrahim, Sohaila Moetaz, May Shehata, Omar Mohamed

Mostafa Kamel Integrated Governmental Language School

Giza, Egypt

Topic - Be Green & Recycle

Level - High School

Project Web site - http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2234

Kathryn Zimmerman

South Callaway Elementary School

Mokane, Missouri, United States

Topic - Student Leaders Find Their Voice

Level - Middle School

Project Web site - http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2215

Please feel free to email me with any questions: wendy@myheroproject.org

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Learning Circles

www.myhero.com

www.myhero.com/learningcircles

www.myhero.com/start

wendy@myheroproject.org

JULY 2015 MY HERO Global Learning Circles update:

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer!!!!!

We are looking forward to another wonderful year of MY HERO Global Learning Circles, with new sessions and groupings starting SEPTEMBER 30, 2015.

 

If you would like to join us please make sure to register after August 14th at this url:

https://collaborate.iearn.org/space-25  And make sure to register by September 15th.

There will be 4 MY HERO Learning Circles:

MHE: Elementary

MHM: Middle School

MHH: High School

Call To Action: All Grades

Below are examples of completed projects:

MHE:

Abdelaziz Rhazzali

Grade 6

Aghbalou Elementary School

Tinghir, Ourazazte, Morocco

Topic - My Hero

Level - Elementary School

Project Web site - http://www.myhero.com/myhero/go/ecreate/view.asp?pageid=547

Guillermo Ojeda Lajud

Crafts English Workshops

Xalapa, Mexico

Topic - Crafts English Workshops Heroes

Level - Elementary School

Project Web site - http://www.myhero.com/go/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1673

MHM:

Laura Nietzer

Saddle River Day School

 Saddle River, New Jersey, United States

Topic - My Hero

Level - Middle School

Project Web site - http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2222

MHH:

Cornelia Platon

Classes: 11 A & B

Alexandru Papiu Ilarian High School

Dej, Romania

Topic - My Hero

Level - High School

Project Web site - http://www.myhero.com/go/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1555

CALL TO ACTION:

Amal Fahim ElQersh

Ahmed Nasser, Nourhan Gamal, Nesma Tarek, Mayam Hammad, Micheal Bahaa, Aya Ali, Sofia Amgd, Nada Khaled, Batool Ibrahim, Sohaila Moetaz, May Shehata, Omar Mohamed

Mostafa Kamel Integrated Governmental Language School

Giza, Egypt

Topic - Be Green & Recycle

Level - High School

Project Web site - http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2234

Kathryn Zimmerman

South Callaway Elementary School

Mokane, Missouri, United States

Topic - Student Leaders Find Their Voice

Level - Middle School

Project Web site - http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2215

 

JUNE 2015 - Closing this session of MY HERO Global Learning Circles

mhe, mhm, mhh and Call to Action

It is always sad to close a session of Learning Circles, but bringing the project to a close is an important part of the process.

At the same time, I am excited about the tremendous number of submitted final projects.  The work during this session has been exceptional!

Below are the projects that are already on the FINISHED PROJECT PAGE for MY HERO CIRCLES and a big CONGRATULATIONS to those teachers and classes:

 

 

 My Hero: Elementary School

Wendy Jewell (Group Facilitator)

Aja Minor

 Grade 5

Glenview Elementary School

Oakland, California, United States

Topic - My Hero: Glenview Global Citizens

Level - Elementary School

Project Web site - https://glenviewgriffins.wordpress.com/

 Jim Lamoureux

Rothwell Osnabruck School

Ingleside, Ontario, Canada

Topic - My Hero

Level - Elementary School

Project Web site - http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2223

 

My Hero: Middle School

Wendy Jewell (Group Facilitator)

Rodica Ocheseanu

 Shutz American School

Alexandria Egypt

Topic - True Egyptian Heroes

Level - Middle School

Project Web site - http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2225

Laura Nietzer

Saddle River Day School

 Saddle River, New Jersey, United States

Topic - My Hero

Level - Middle School

Project Web site - http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2222

Maria Perryman

6th Grade Reading

George B Armstrong School of International Studies

 Chicago, Illinois, United States

Topic - My Hero

Level - Middle School

Project Web site - http://myhero.com/organizer/edit.asp?pageid=2242

My Hero: High School

Wendy Jewell (Group Facilitator)

Amal Fahim ElQersh

Nourhan Gamal, Nesma Tarek, Batoul Ibrahim, Mayam Hammad, and Omar Abd ElKhalek

Mostafa Kamel Integrated Language School

Giza, Egypt

Topic - Better To Light A Candle Than To Curse Darkness

Level - High School

Project Web site - http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2165

 

My Hero: Call To Action

Wendy Jewell (Group Facilitator)

Amal Fahim ElQersh

Ahmed Nasser, Nourhan Gamal, Nesma Tarek, Mayam Hammad, Micheal Bahaa, Aya Ali, Sofia Amgd, Nada Khaled, Batool Ibrahim, Sohaila Moetaz, May Shehata, Omar Mohamed

Mostafa Kamel Integrated Governmental Language School

Giza, Egypt

Topic - Be Green & Recycle

Level - High School

Project Web site - http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2234

Kathryn Zimmerman

South Callaway Elementary School

Mokane, Missouri, United States

Topic - Student Leaders Find Their Voice

Level - Middle School

Project Web site - http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2215

 

Even though Learning Circles is closing, it is never too late to complete the MY HERO Project part of the circles. There is no deadline and you may send it any time it is finished.  Barry will be happy to feature your project on the iEARN Finished Project Page.

We will also be happy to issue a Certificate of Participation to any teacher who has successfully completed a finished project with students.

Please take the time to look over and share the finished projects from other schools with your students.  Many excellent projects have been created during this session of Learning Circles.

 

This is the timeline for Learning Circles looking forward.

 

June 14, 2015

Access to the forums will end but you can still contact any of your participating partners using their emails and contact wendy@myheroproject.org and Barry learningcircles@gmail.com

 

July 26 - 31, 2015

iEARN International Conference in Brasilia, Brazil

 

August 14, 2015

Registration begins for the September 2015 to January 2016 session of Learning Circles

 

September 15, 2015

Registration ends for the next session of Learning Circles.

September 30, 2015

The new session of Learning Circles will begin with new groupings.

 A few final items to remember:

 

1. Final projects/presentations should be in the form of an ORGANIZER url from www.myhero.com The great thing about digital formats and downloadable pages is that we can make the information easily accessible to everyone.

 

2.  The Web address for the Finished Project page for the January to May 2015 session is:

 http://www.iearn.org/circles/2015session1/index.htm

 

The page is up and active.  After you send us your work, Barry will post it and then send you a message so that you can check your information, document, and links.

 

3.  Please remember to send a Goodbye Message to your Learning Circles group after you have completed your final project/presentation and have sent it to Barry and me.

 

4. Once he has posted your project he will activate your online MY HERO/iEARN Participation Certificate.  In order to qualify you would need to have: (1) been an active teacher/leader, (2) submitted the final project/presentation ORGANIZER url from MY HERO of your students works. Certificates can only be sent as pdf files. I will also need the following information:

 

Your full name:

Name of your group (mhe, mhm, mhh or Call to Action)

Name of your school:

City, state/region, and country:

Name of your project:

 

5. The next session of Learning Circles will begin on September 30, 2015.  Look for registration information on the iEARN NewsFlash and at http://www.iearn.org/circles/

If you have any questions or need more information about any of this please contact me wendy@myheroproject.org and/or Barry bkramer@ftschool.org orbskramer48@hotmail.com.

 

Thank you for a terrific session of  MY HERO Learning Circles,

Wendy and Barry

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Global Learning Circles

www.myhero.com

www.myhero.com/learningcircles

wendy@myheroproject.org

Barry S. Kramer, Ph.D.

iEARN Global Learning Circles Coordinator

http://www.iearn.org/circles

bskramer48@hotmail.com

learningcircles@gmail.com

MY HERO Learning Circle News and INFO for Completing your CIRCLE

MAY 20 – May 31

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The end of this Learning Circle

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LEARNING CIRCLES ARE A TEAM EFFORT --

YOU ARE A MEMBER OF A TEAM THAT IS DEPENDING ON YOU!!!!!!!

Tasks to Complete:

1) All students complete their hero story, art or short film about their hero, upload and submit to www.myhero.com

2) Each teacher completes their ORGANIZER page after gathering their students uploaded works on www.myhero.com and adds pictures of class, school, country, paragraph about their experience participating in this global circle, add appropriate links such as school website, etc.

3) Share your final project with your circle and the IEARN Final Project Page (see below)

4) Respond to any additional questions or ending activities

5) Say goodbye to your Learning Circle partners

 

HERE ARE SOME COMPLETED ORGANIZERS, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

 

MHE:

Jim Lamoureux TEACHER

Rothwell-Osnabruck School Canada

http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2223

 

MHM:

Rodica Ocheseanu TEACHER

Schutz American School Alexandria, EGYPT

http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2225

 

CALL TO ACTION:

Kathryn Zimmerman TEACHER

South Callaway Elementary School USA

http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=2215

 

NOTE: if more time is needed you can extend your circle by letting me and Barry Kramer know. wendy@myheroproject.org learningcircles@gmail.com

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YOUR LEARNING CIRCLE WILL FORMALLY CLOSE ON:  Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Circle links will remain in place for a week after the official closing date for those that have slipped a bit behind schedule.

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Remember to send a note this week telling others when (date) to expect your completed PROJECT URL from MY HERO.

All completed projects are being featured on our Finished Projects Page.

http://www.iearn.org/circles/2015session1/index.htm

When you have your ORGANIZER URL from MY HERO please send it to the members of your Circle and to BARRY so that he can feature it on the Finished Project Page.  Also, please send Barry and me the following information:

*Your full name

*Name of your group (mhe, mhm, mhh or call to action)

*MY HERO PROJECT

*Name of your school

*Class that worked on the project (optional)

*City, state/region, and country

Projects and URL addresses can be sent to bskramer48@hotmail.com or learningcircles@gmail.com and wendy@myheroproject.org

Some participants have already sent their work.  It is not necessary to send it again.  Barry will contact you when your work is posted.

The next session of Learning Circles will begin in September of 2015.

If you are interested, you may begin to register in August.

Please remember that the deadline is September 15thIf you would like an iEARN Learning Circles teacher participant certificate please send me an email.  In order to qualify you would need to have: (1) been an active teacher/leader, (2) submitted your ORGANIZER page to other schools in your Circle, and (3) submitted the final project/presentation of your students.(YOUR ORGANIZER PAGE FROM MY HERO) Certificates can only be sent as pdf files.  I will also need the following information:

Your full name:

Name of your group (mhe, mhm, mhh or Call to Action)

Name of your school:

City, state/region, and country:

Name of your project: MY HERO PROJECT or CALL TO ACTION

 

REMEMBER IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO COMPLETE YOUR ORGANIZER PAGES. I AM HERE TO HELP…

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Global Learning Circles

www.myhero.com/learningcircles

www.myhero.com

wendy@myheroproject.org

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T H E   E N D

NOTE for MY HERO LEARNING CIRCLES COMPLETION:

Some of you are doing Power POints and Wendy Milette, Head of our Media created this visual about how to make your power points into movies:

UPDATE and NEXT STEPS to COMPLETION of  your MY HERO Learning Circle

MY HERO PROJECT!

We are all very sad about the recent devastating Earthquake in NEPAL and have been trying to get in touch with Schools, Teachers and Students we have worked with over the years.

Schools are closed for at least 15 days and probably longer but they will need supplies when they reopen.

Please contact me wendy@myheroproject.org and I can put you in touch with people on the ground in Nepal so you can help directly. Right now they need financial donations. This will change as we find out what it needed. Chris Hockert, another Learning Circle teacher also has many contacts and we are coordinating and will post information shortly.

BACK to our CIRCLES.

CONGRATULATIONS to Madeline Gillum and her Sultana Elementary School for their CALL TO ACTION PET FAIR, held on Saturday!!! It was a great success and we will have the results shortly to share.

It is time to complete your MY HERO PROJECTS… and as you know there are four ways:

Teachers can show examples of each and students choose.

STORIES - Author Web pages about heroes using text, images, links and multimedia.

ART - Submit original drawings, paintings, collages, photos, and digital media works illustrating heroes and heroism.

AUDIO - Artists and students of all ages are invited to share their original music and unique voice on MY HERO Audio to bring hero stories to life. Remember our SONG CONTEST with a MAY 1st. deadline.

SHORT FILM FESTIVAL - Learn how to tell hero stories with digital media tools. Submit original short films in the form of documentaries, animated works, flash, narrative, and experimental/musical entries, entries due in June.

REMEMBER: SUBMITTED STORIES, ART, SHORT FILMS AND AUDIO MUST BE ORIGINAL AND CREATED BY YOUR STUDENTS.

EXAMPLES OF ORGANIZER PAGES ARE HERE:

These are examples of Organizer pages from previous circles.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (MHE)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view.asp?pageid=550

MIDDLE SCHOOL (MHM)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1703

HIGH SCHOOL (MHH)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view.asp?pageid=998

Remember other schools are depending on your to keep to the schedule! Following schedules is an important workplace skill.  Please keep your partners informed of your progress. Your Circle is free to adjust the deadlines according to the needs of your Circle members.

Let me know how I can help.

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Global Learning Circles

www.myhero.com/learningcircles

www.myhero.com

www.myhero.com/start

wendy@myheroproject.org

HAPPY EARTH DAY to All MY HERO LEARNING CIRCLE PARTICIPANTS…

April 22, 2015

MHE, MHM, MHH and CALL TO ACTION

Time is flying by and it is time to create and share your hero STORIES, ART, AUDIO and/or SHORT FILMS. IT IS TIME TO COMPLETE THE MY HERO PROJECT and for teacher’s to create their ORGANIZER page and gather all their students works that have been submitted to www.myhero.com

These are sample ORGANIZER pages from all grade levels:

EXAMPLES OF ORGANIZER PAGES ARE HERE:

These are examples of Organizer pages from previous circles.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (MHE)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view.asp?pageid=550

MIDDLE SCHOOL (MHM)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1703

HIGH SCHOOL (MHH)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view.asp?pageid=998

Remember I am here to help every step of the way. Please feel free to post or email me directly with any concerns or questions wendy@myheroproject.org

It actually SNAINED here a bit ago…. Snow/Rain. We SO want spring to arrive and stay.

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Learning Circles

www.myhero.com

www.myhero.com/learningcircles

www.myhero.com/start

wendy@myheroproject.org

UPDATE AND NEXT STEPS APRIL 7, 2015

Happy Spring everyone!

Keep up the exchanges in the teacher and student forums and enjoy your digital and physical welcome packages and skype exchanges.


Time is flying by and it is now time for each student and teacher to CHOOSE their hero and then there are four ways to SHARE the story of their hero.

FIRST, is you have not done so already:

EACH STUDENT registers as a student to get their free media page:

www.myhero.com/start

EACH TEACHER registers AS A TEACHER to get their educator/media page in order to complete their ORGANIZER PAGE: www.myhero.com/start

Each student or group of students chooses a hero and decides how to share the story of their hero. Students can explore the MY HERO website, brainstorm as a class, and research online and in their student forum for who might be their hero.  Teachers help students decide the medium with which they want to share their hero with other Learning Circle classes (and the world!).

Teachers can show examples of each and students choose.

STORIES - Author Web pages about heroes using text, images, links and multimedia.

ART - Submit original drawings, paintings, collages, photos, and digital media works illustrating heroes and heroism.

AUDIO - Artists and students of all ages are invited to share their original music and unique voice on MY HERO Audio to bring hero stories to life. Remember our SONG CONTEST with a MAY 1st. deadline.

SHORT FILM FESTIVAL - Learn how to tell hero stories with digital media tools. Submit original short films in the form of documentaries, animated works, flash, narrative, and experimental/musical entries, entries due in June.

REMEMBER: SUBMITTED STORIES, ART, SHORT FILMS AND AUDIO MUST BE ORIGINAL AND CREATED BY YOUR STUDENTS.

EXAMPLES OF ORGANIZER PAGES ARE HERE:

These are examples of Organizer pages from previous circles.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (MHE)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view.asp?pageid=550

MIDDLE SCHOOL (MHM)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1703

HIGH SCHOOL (MHH)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view.asp?pageid=998

Remember other schools are depending on your to keep to the schedule! Following schedules is an important workplace skill.  Please keep your partners informed of your progress. Your Circle is free to adjust the deadlines according to the needs of your Circle members.

Let me know how I can help.

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Global Learning Circles

www.myhero.com/learningcircles

www.myhero.com

www.myhero.com/start

wendy@myheroproject.org

March 24 UPDATE MY HERO Learning Circles

Exciting news for all participants! MHE, MHM, MHH and CALL TO ACTION!

 

The MY HERO Project is celebrating 20 years of inspiring the world with heroes!

 

Join us in celebrating the 11th Annual MY HERO International Film Festival!

You are invited to share our CALL FOR ENTRIES with media makers, artists, and students of all ages. Submissions must promote heroism and be appropriate a young audience. There is a 10 minute time limit for short films, however, we welcome excerpts & trailers for longer works. We also accept documentary, narrative, music video, experimental, PSA & animation. We offer special prizes for films in the themes of PEACE, ACTIVISM, FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS & CONSERVATION.

 

The early DEADLINE is APRIL 1st and the final DEADLINE will be AUGUST 1st.

CALL FOR ENTRIES Postcard to share:

http://myhero.com/films/pdf/IFF15_CALLFORENTRIES.pdf

 

Submit here:

http://myhero.com/submit

 If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

Kind regards,

Wendy Jewell and Wendy Milette

wendy@myheroproject.org

______________

Wendy Milette

International Film Festival Director

The MY HERO Project

media@myheroproject.org

Visit our website to learn more:

http://myhero.com/filmfestival

 

Special Prizes:

The Ron Kovic Peace Prize - $1,000

http://myhero.com/kovic

The Dan Eldon Activist Award - $500

http://myhero.com/eldon

The Sylvia Earle Ocean Conservation Award - $500

http://www.myhero.com/oceanaward

The Relationships First Prize - $1500

http://myhero.com/go/relationshipsprize

 

Learning Circles Update: March 16

 

Greetings To All MY HERO Learning Circle Participants: MHE, MHM, MHH and Call to Action

HAPPY ALMOST SPRING!!!

 

If you have not already watched this 2 minute video walking you through the MY HERO Project please do so and share with your students:

http://myhero.com/films/view.asp?film=themyheroproject

NOW IS THE TIME FOR YOUR STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE STUDENT FORUMS AND DISCUSS WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES THEM AND who is A HERO. Then they will need to DECIDE on who their hero is and how they would like to share their story. Through STORIES< ART> AUDIO OR A SHORT FILM. I will send clear step by step instructions in the next posting.

Please remember that each teacher who signs up his/her students for the Student Forums is responsible for monitoring the content of the messages and discussions.  You can receive copies of all student messages that are posted by going to the forum and clicking on “My Group Settings.”  After this click on “Receive forum posts via email and enable topic creation via email.”

1. If you would like to have your students participate in the Learning Circle Student Forums please complete the following steps.  First, register your students in the Member Dashboard of the iEARN Collaboration Centre,and send Barry an email along with the following information to:learningcircles@gmail.com

 

Your Full Name:

Your Email Address:

Your Learning Circle Name:

Age Level of Your Students (High, Middle, or Elementary):

 

Shortly after Barry receives your email, he will add you and your students to the forum.  He will notify you when this has occurred.  After this the forums are open to both you and your students.

 

2.  Please remember that each teacher who signs up his/her students for the Student Forums is responsible for monitoring the content of the messages and discussions.  You can receive copies of all student messages that are posted by going to the forum and clicking on “My Group Settings.”  After this click on “Receive forum posts via email and enable topic creation via email.”

 

3. iEARN-Brazil is hosting the 2015 iEARN International Conference and Youth Summit: http://iearn2015.org/.  It will take place on July 26 – 31 in Brasilia, Brazil.  Details are on the conference Website.  It will be an amazing experience and I encourage everyone to start planning now to attend the conference in July.  Some participants from Learning Circles will be there.

Remember to not let your circle partners down. They are counting on you.

Please let me know if you need anything or have any questions.

Let’s make good progress through March!

 

Please contact me if you have any questions or conerns, I am here to help make this a great experience for you and your students.

 

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Learning circles

www.myhero.com

www.myhero.com/learningcircles

wendy@myheroproject.org

 

March 1 Update – MY HERO Learning Circles

MHE MHM MHH Call to Action

Hello Everyone

THIS week it is time complete these tasks if you have not already done so:  Send TEACHER Hello messages, Complete the Class Survey and post it in your forums to share with your students, decide on Welcome packages to share and have your students participate in the STUDENT FORUMS to share their ideas about heroes.

 

Welcome Packs

Students are excited about the prospect of working with students in other locations, but they find it difficult to conceptualize the similarities and differences. An effective way to help students learn more about their partners is to exchange "Welcome Packs." A Welcome Pack is a small set of materials that describe you and your students, school and community. Welcome Packs are sent via postal mail and should be limited to the size of a large envelope.

An alternative to a welcome pack might be an Internet home page with information about the students, school and community. The construction of either of these can be a very productive learning experience.

While welcome packs serve as another way to introduce students, please do not wait until your Welcome Pack arrives to continue your work in planning Learning Circle projects. Teachers and students are often very creative withideas of what to send. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you help your students create their Welcome Packs.

1) Welcome Packs are fun to create, but they should not be so time-consuming that you and your students fail to participate in the Learning Circle dialog. You will need to have them ready in as soon as possible. Please check the time line for the date for mailing out Welcome Packs.

2) Once a class mails its Welcome Packs, the students are eager to receive the ones from the other classrooms. Welcome Packs are sent out by the end of the second week so that everyone will receive them about the same time.

3) Heavy packages cost more to send, especially overseas. You might want to keep cost in mind as you and your students make your choices.

Welcome Packs should be mailed (or posted online) by the end of Week 2. You can find the postal addresses of Learning Circle partners in the first "Circle News" message sent to your Learning Circle.

 

For the next 2 weeks you and your students should be discussing HEROES and deciding on which hero to share with the world. There are 4 ways to share their heroes ( Stories, Art, Audio or Short Film) and the templates for each will be on their MEDIA page that they get by registering as a student at www.myhero.com/start

Encourage them to explore the MY HERO website for inspiration: www.myhero.com

 

One more note:

 

If you would like to have your students participate in the Learning Circle Student Forums please complete the following steps.  First, register your students in the Member Dashboard of the iEARN Collaboration Centre, next  send Barry an email along with the following information to: learningcircles@gmail.com

 

Your Full Name:

Your Email Address:

Your Learning Circle Name:

Age Level of Your Students (High, Middle, or Elementary or Call to Action)

 

Shortly after he receives your email, he will add you and your students to the forum.  We will notify you when this has occurred.  After this the forums are open to both you and your students.

 

Keep your Circle moving forward,

Wendy

Wendy Jewell Facilitator MY HERO Learning Circles

wendy@myheroproject.org

www.myhero.com/learningcircles

www.myhero.com/start

February 18, 2015 UPDATE MY HERO Learning Circles

Hi All MY HERO Learning Circle Participants; MHE, MHM, MHH and Call to Action

EACH TEACHER should have registered for their educator account at www.myhero.com/start AS A TEACHER>

EACH OF YOUR STUDENTS should have registered for their media page at www.myhero.com/start AS A STUDENT>

Just a reminder: Your Class Survey should be posted by the end of the week (February 22).  If you have not finished it, please try to send it as soon as possible.  If you are still working on your survey, it would be helpful if you would send a message to your group to let them know when you will be sending it.

There are many different ways to send your Class Survey.  The purpose of this task is to share some information about your students, school, and community.  You can send your information in any cross platform form that you wish.

Please remember, that the Class Survey template is a starting point for you to share some cultural information about your students, school, and community.  You are free to add to it and be as creative as you wish.  In the past, some teachers have added additional information, included pictures, created PowerPoints, produced movies, and even recorded podcasts!  The limit is your time and creativity.

If you have already sent your Class Survey, please share the other surveys with your students.  You are welcome and encouraged to respond to the surveys.  Let your students investigate and ask questions of your Circle partners.  Also, you may send supplementary information if your want to share more of your local culture and country.  This cultural exchange of information is very exciting for students.  Please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.

Below are some creative examples that have already been posted by participants in MHM and other circles:

Rodica Ocheseanu from Egypt:  http://padlet.com/rodica_ochesean/pgnnw3hvxfjm

Nataliya Byzova from the Ukriane: http://www.slideshare.net/BsByzova/the-classroom-survey-2015

Helen Yevtushenko from Belarus: https://prezi.com/frfjov746bsl/novopolotsk/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy

This is also a good time to begin thinking about HEROES… who inspires you and who inspires your students.

A Few Notes:

1. Barry at IEARN is planning to open the student forums as soon as we finish the Class Surveys.  This week would be a good time to register all the students you want to participate in the student forums.  You will need to do this through your iEARN account.  To register students go to your Member Dashboard and choose Student Management.  On the left hand side you will see a link that reads Manually Register Students.  You will need to register each student one at a time.

It is very important that students are registered before Barry opens the forums.  The task is more difficult for him after the forums have been opened.  He will be sending around a message early next week with special instructions on the procedure for registering your students for the Student Forums.

2..  Please stay in touch with your Circle Members on a regular basis. Send an email periodically, even if it is to only to say, “Hi.”  It is also polite to respond to messages.  Nothing is more discouraging than sharing information with a group and then having absolutely no response.

I am looking forward to reading your Class Surveys,

Wendy Jewell Facilitator MY HERO Learning Circles

Forum Email Addresses:

============================================

*My Hero Elementary School: lc2015s1-mhe1@collaborate.iearn.org

*My Hero Middle School: lc2015s1-mhm1@collaborate.iearn.org

*My Hero High School: lc2015s1-mhh1@collaborate.iearn.org

*My Hero Call To Action Multimedia: lc2015s1-mhca1@collaborate.iearn.org

Learning Circles Update: February 10

Hello All Learning Circle Participants; MHE, MHM, MHH and CALL TO ACTION

What a great opening! Most teachers have already met their Circle partners and have posted a Teacher Hello Message. If you have not done so, please post a message in your Learning Circle group forum and join in the introduction discussion. IT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP UP WITH EACH WEEKS TASK.

 PLEASE MAKE USE OF THIS URL:  www.myhero.com/learningcircles

TO the left of the page you will see updates and can scroll down for any you missed. TO THE RIGHT of the page you can download the TIMELINE (NOTE CALL TO ACTION DOES NOT USE THIS TIMELINE – yours will be emailed to you weekly.), Each IEARN Forum is accessible by clicking your appropriate button (MHE, MHM, MHH or Call to  Action), also an essay “How to Choose a Hero”, what teachers are saying and previous circle final projects in ORGANIZER form.

Now it is time for you and your students to put together your MY HERO Class Surveys.  There are many different ways to send your Class Survey.  The purpose of this task is for your students to share some information about themselves, their school, and their community.  Please remember that the survey is all about your students.  Please allow them to fill it out – it is not about what teachers think – it’s about your students.  You can send your information in any cross platform presentation that you wish.

Please remember, that this template is a starting point for your students to share cultural information.  You are free to add to it and be as creative as you wish.  In the past, some schools have added additional information, included pictures, created PowerPoints, produced movies, and even recorded podcasts!  The limit is your time and creativity.

All Class Surveys and attachments of any type can be found in your Learning Circle group in the iEARN Collaboration Centre.  You can quickly find them in the Recent Media section.

You can send your Class Survey as an attachment to any message posted to your Circle.  Attachments that are around 2 MB or less will be automatically distributed with your email notifications.  Larger files will be posted in your Circle Media Center.  You should receive a link message to download the attachment.

Shaista Khurshid, the group facilitator for the Global Issues: Environment Middle/High School Circle, posted a really creative Classroom Survey.  Please take a look at it at: http://www.bookemon.com/book_read_flip.php?book_id=422231&size=1.4&style=simple

BUT YOU CAN ALSO DO THE MY HERO CLASS SURVEY IN A WORD DOCUMENT, please do NOT feel you have to do anything fancy. The information exchange is the thing!

 A Few Notes:

1.  Please remember there are three different ways to post messages.  You can post a message in your discussion forum, you can send a message directly to your group email address, or you can reply to a message that you have received:

*My Hero Elementary School: lc2015s1-mhe1@collaborate.iearn.org

*My Hero Middle School: lc2015s1-mhm1@collaborate.iearn.org

*My Hero High School: lc2015s1-mhh1@collaborate.iearn.org

*My Hero Call To Action Multimedia: lc2015s1-mhca1@collaborate.iearn.org

 2. In the iEARN Collaboration Centre, we cannot change the email address where your messages are sent, but you can change your iEARN email address at any time.  In order to do this, go to your Member Dashboard and choose My Account.  The place where you change your email address is near the top.

3 We are hoping to open the student forums as soon as we finish the Class Surveys.  This week would be a good time to register all the students you want to participate in the student forums.  You will need to do this through your iEARN account.  To register students go to your Member Dashboard and choose Student Management.  On the left hand side you will see a link that reads Manually Register Students.  You will need to register each student one at a time.

It is very important that students are registered before we open the forums.  The task is more difficult for Barry after the forums have been opened.  I will be sending around a message with special instructions for the Student Forums when they are ready to be opened.

4.  Please stay in touch with your Circle Members on a regular basis. Send an email periodically, even if it is to only to say, “Hi.”  It is also polite to respond to messages.  Nothing is more discouraging than sharing information with a group and then having absolutely no response.

We are off to an excellent start!

Keep the momentum going,

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Learning Circles

www.myhero.com

www.myhero.com/learningcircles

www.myhero.com/start

wendy@myheroproject.org

 

 WELCOME to all new and returning TEACHERS in the

MY HERO Global Learning Circles - January to May 2015

We have 4 circles this session:

MHE Elementary: 7 classes from the USA and Canada

MHM Middle School: 6 classes from Romania, Belarus, USA and Egypt

MHH HIgh School: 9 classes from Moldova

Call To Action: 6 classes from Egypt, USA, Sweden and Taiwan

This first week is the time to send HELLO messages between teachers, sharing some things about you, your class and school and country and what you expect to get out of this MY HERO Learning Circle.

My name is Wendy Jewell and I am here to facilitate and help you have a great experience learning about each other and who inspires each of us and our students. Who is YOUR HERO? To the right of this page you can click on TIMELINE which will help you keep up with weekly tasks as well as HOW TO share your hero with the world through stories, art, audio and or short films. You can click on your FORUM, How to Choose a Hero, What teachers are saying and take a look at the final Organizer pages of other circles.

Welcome. Please feel free to email me with any thoughts or concerns.

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

wendy@myheroproject.org

Facilitator

MY HERO Global Learning Circles

www.myhero.com

www.myhero.com/start

http://myhero.com/teachersroom/community_learningcircles.asp

January 7, 2015

CALLING ALL TEACHERS!

PLEASE JOIN US For a Special:

CALL TO ACTION MY HERO Learning Circle beginning the end of January.  Contact Wendy Jewell, Facilitator, for more info or to register asap. wendy@myheroproject.org

Bring the world into your classroom and your classroom into the world.

Classes choose a hero or a heroic organization in your community and show them your support in whatever way you see fit. Our team will mentor you and your students in the process of documenting their activism with Skype sessions, blogs, diaries, art and or short films. We will provide you with an activist tool kit from a well known global organization.This media can be shared with classes taking part in the circle.

MY HERO International Film Festival Director Wendy Milette will mentor those interested in making films. Victoria Murphy, Director of the MY HERO Gallery will curate an online Gallery of Heroic Art work shared in the circle. Students can also write songs, or essays and share their media online.

Working together we can further promote the positive work of your students and the local organizations they support. MY HERO Learning Circle Facilitator Wendy Jewell and IEARN Global LC Coordinator Barry Kramer will support teachers taking part in this learning circle.

Looking forward to hearing from you and working with you and your students in mn 0this very special circle.

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Global Learning Circles

http://myhero.com/teachersroom/community_learningcircles.asp

The MY HERO Global Learning Circle is a joint venture between iEARN.org and The MY HERO Project.  Elementary, Middle and High School classes from around the world collaborate in projects that celebrate heroes through writing, art, music and short films.

 

January 5 update for MY HERO Global Learning Circles

Happy New Years Greetings To All MY HERO Global Learning Circle Participants;  MHE, MHM and MHH

The session of MY HERO Learning Circles is winding down.

Please do not wait any longer to have your students complete their MY HERO Project… They should all be registered at www.myhero.com/start as STUDENTS.

And as most are doing stories, essays with pictures, remember to save their story and cut and paste into the add paragraphs template.

This is the current timeline for finishing this session of Learning Circles.

January 5 to 15, 2015

COMPLETE each students HERO story and submit at their media page, www.myhero.com/start

Click on Stories.

Cut and paste their original story into the template provided, add/edit paragraphs.

Upload images, properly credited to the add/edit image template.

SUBMIT their story. Completely.

TEACHERS complete their ORGANIZER page.

www.myhero.com/start

click ORGANIZER and follow instructions.

Add images of your students, school, community.

Add website of school if you have one.

Add a paragraph about your experience with the LEARNING CIRCLES.

Gather and add your students stories to you organizer page.

When you have them all SUBMIT and email me wendy@myheroproject.org

Closing the Circle (Goodbye Messages)

January 15, 2015

Registration deadline for the January to May 2014 session of Learning Circles

January 22, 2015

All access to the forums will end but you can still complete the MY HERO Project

and email me your organizer and I will get it to the other members of your circle as well as post it in the IEARN final project page.

January 30, 2015 - The new session of Learning Circles will begin with new groupings.

Items to remember :

IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO COMPLETE THE MY HERO PREOJCT… I am here to work with you. Contact me with any questions.

1. If you have finished a project and would like it featured on the Finished Project Page I would appreciate it very much if you would send me a copy of your ORGANIZER url. Also, please send me the:

Your full name:

Name of your group (mhe, mhm or mhh

Title of your project:

Name of your school:

Class that worked on the project:

City, state/region, and country:

Projects and URL addresses can be sent wendy@myheroproject.org and to  bskramer@ftschool.org orbskramer48@hotmail.com.

2.  The Web address for the Finished Project page for the September 2014 to January 2015 session of Learning Circles will:

http://www.iearn.org/circles/2014session2/index.htm

This page will be active in a few days.

3.  Please remember to send a Goodbye Message to your Learning Circles group after you have completed ORGANIZER page.

4.  The next session of Learning Circles will begin in January of 2015. If you are interested, you may register at the Learning Circles Space in the iEARN Collaboration Centre.

http://collaborate.iearn.org/space-24

For the next session we are offering a CALL TO ACTION circle in addition to our Elementary (E), Middle (M), and High School (H))

5. The CALL TO ACTION CIRCLE  

Join the "CALL TO ACTION CIRCLE."  Classes can choose a hero or a heroic organization in your community and show them your support in whatever way you see fit. Our team will mentor you and your students in the process of documenting their activism with Skype sessions, blogs, diaries, art and or short films. This media can be shared with classes taking part in the circle. MY HERO International Film Festival Director Wendy Milette will mentor those interested in making films. Victoria Murphy, Director of the MY HERO Gallery will curate an online Gallery of Heroic Art work shared in the circle. Students can also write songs, or essays and share their media online.  Working together we can further promote the positive work of your students and the local organizations they support. MY HERO Learning Circle Facilitator Wendy Jewell and IEARN Global LC Coordinator Barry Kramer will support teachers taking part in this learning circle.

6. If you would like an iEARN Learning Circles teacher participant certificate please let me know. In order to qualify you would need to have: (1) been an active teacher/leader, (2) Completed your ORGANIZER page and submitted it. (3)Certificates can only be sent as pdf files. I will also need the following information:

Your full name:

Name of your group (mhe, mhm or mhh

Name of your school:

City, state/region, and country:

Name of your project:

7.  iEARN-Brazil has posted the Website for the 2015 iEARN International Conference and Youth Summit: http://iearn2015.org/.  It will take place onJuly 26 – 31 in Brasilia, Brazil.  Details are being updated on the conference Website.  It will be an amazing experience and I encourage everyone to start planning now to attend the conference in July.  I will be there along with many other representatives of Learning Circles.  Please consider attending this year’s conference.  It is an incredible educational and cultural experience.

8. Khuzama AlMomani, the Facilitator of the Middle School Computer Chronicles Circle, has created a new Facebook Group for iEARN Teachers.  The group is open to any iEARN Member who would like to post greetings, pictures, discussions, or share any kind of information.  Please take a look at the group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/756249277789509/

If you have any questions or need more information about any of this please contact me at wendy@myheroproject.org  

It is time to say goodbye and submit your ORGANIZER page.

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Global Learning Circles

www.myhero.com

www.myhero.com/start

http://myhero.com/teachersroom/community_learningcircles.asp

 DECEMBER 22 UPDATE

Seasons Greetings All MY HERO Learning Circle Participants;

We are on break this week from Learning Circles.  Almost all schools are on holiday.  Learning Circles will resume again on January 3, 2015, with a quick two-week finish. I will be checking my emails periodically so if you need specific help please LET ME KNOW. wendy@myheroproject.org The Saying Goodbye phase will take place from January 6 through the 15th. Your Learning Circles forum will remain open until January 22nd.

Your Learning Circle forum will remain open this week if you wish to post messages or catch up. I am here to help. Remember it is NEVER TO LATE TO COMPLETE THE MY HERO Project and post you ORGANIZER page. The great thing about digital formats and downloadable pages is that we can make the information easily accessible to everyone.

SO complete your ORGANIZER page with all your students works and if you have not started, there is still time to complete. We can adjust your circle to extend if you need more time. PLEASE LET ME KNOW. wendy@myheroproject.org

Two notes:

Khuzama AlMomani, the Facilitator of the Middle School Computer Chronicles Circle, has created a new Facebook Group for iEARN Teachers.  The group is open to any iEARN Member who would like to post greetings, pictures, discussions, or share any kind of information.   Please take a look at the group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/756249277789509/

The next session of MY HERO Learning Circles will begin in January of 2015. If you are interested, you may register at the Learning Circles Space in the iEARN Collaboration Centre.

http://collaborate.iearn.org/space-24

For the next session we are offering a special CALL TO ACTION CIRCLE that will include multi media training sessions online with our head of MEDIA and the MY HERO International Film Festival, Wendy Milette. The goal of this MY HERO CALL TO ACTION learning circle is to choose a hero or heroic organization to support in whatever way you and your students see fit and to document those actions with skype sessions, blogs, diaries, art and or short films and thereby encouraging others to take action. We will walk you through and give you weekly tasks.

PLEASE COMPLETE and share your heroes with your circle partners and the world.

Happy Holidays.

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Global Learning circles

www.myhero.com

www.myhero.com/start

http://myhero.com/teachersroom/community_learningcircles.asp

DECEMBER 15, 2014 MY HERO Global Learning Circles UPDATE & Next Steps

Hello to all the circles, MHE, MHM and MHH

TIME TO COMPLETE THE MY HERO PROJECT AND EMAIL YOUR CIRCLE PARTNERS WITH YOUR STATUS UPDATE!

COMPLETION STEPS:

1. Each student participating in the Student Forums should have posted once and replied to several postings from other students and countries.

2. Each student should be registered at www.myhero.com/start AS A STUDENT for their free media page that comes with tutorials for each section. STORIES. ART. AUDIO. SHORT FILMS.

3. Each student chooses a hero to share with the group by creating a web page at the MY HERO PROJECT.

There are four ways for students to share their hero stories: written story, art or a short film. Tutorials are provided for each. The following information will help you get started:

1. Written Story (Participate>Create a Page)

In the writer’s Create Program, students are invited to build a Web page about their heroes using text, images and links. Remember to write and save your story in a word document and then cut and paste into the CREATE template.

http://myhero.com/create

2. Art: Visualize Heroism (Participate>Share Your Art)

In the Gallery, students are invited to upload original artworks about their heroes, or the concept of heroism, including a short paragraph on how their hero inspires them.

http://myhero.com/gallery

3. Short Films (Participate>Submit a Film)

Students are invited to view and submit documentary, experimental, animated or narrative short films, 10 minutes and under, about those making a positive difference in our world. http://myhero.com/films

4. Audio (Participate>Create a song, podcast or spoken word)

Students are invited to submit their original audio files for exhibition on the MY HERO Audio Archive. We are seeking any sound that you have created by yourself using any media that portrays heroes, heroism, or heroic deeds.

http://myhero.com/audio/myaudio2.asp

*Important rules for stories:

1. No hatred, violence or prejudice – we are looking for heroes who inspire us with the best in humanity.

2. No plagiarism or copying – work must be written in the student’s own words, not copied or copy/pasted.

(Try Googling a sentence or two, if you want to check!)  Artwork should be original.

3. Credit all sources and include URL’s - do not use generic credits like “Google images” or “Yahoo” as these are search engines. Quoted text from published sources should appear with quotation marks and include a reference link to the original source.

4. Each TEACHER should be registered at www.myhero.com/start as a TEACHER and have started your ORGANIZER PAGE…

WHERE THEY WILL ADD A PARAGRAPH ABOUT PARTICIPATING IN THIS GLOBAL PROJECT, ANY PICTURES OF THEIR CLASS, SCHOOL, COMMUNITY, COUNTRY, LINKS TO SCHOOL WEBSITES, ETC. THEN WHEN EACH STUDENT HAS SUBMITTED THEIR HERO TO WWW.MYHERO.COM THEY WILL GATHER ALL THEIR WORKS ONTO ONE FINAL PAGE.

EXAMPLES OF ORGANIZER PAGES ARE HERE:

These are examples of Organizer pages from previous circles.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (MHE)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view.asp?pageid=550

MIDDLE SCHOOL (MHM)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1703

HIGH SCHOOL (MHH)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view.asp?pageid=998

Remember other schools are depending on your to keep to the schedule! Following schedules is an important workplace skill.  Please keep your partners informed of your progress. Your Circle is free to adjust the deadlines according to the needs of your Circle members.

 

When you have finished your final presentation ORGANIZER page of the MY HERO project please send it to the members of your Circle. If you would like it featured on the Finished Project Page, then send Barry and me the url of your ORGANIZER. Also, please send us the:

TEACHER NAME

Name of your group (MHE, MHM or MHH)

Name of your school,

Class that worked on the project, and the

City, state, and country your school is located.

 

Projects and URL addresses can be sent to learningcircles@gmail.com or bskramer48@hotmail.com AND wendy@myheroproject.org

 

If you have any questions or need more information about any of this please contact me at wendy@myheroproject.org.

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Global Learning Circles

www.myhero.com

www.myhero.com/start

wendy@myheroproject.org

http://myhero.com/teachersroom/community_learningcircles.asp

December 8, 2014 MY HERO Global Learning Circles UPDATE and NEXT STEPS

Hello everyone in the MHE, MHM and MHH circles.

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Time is flying by, publishing deadlines coming

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TIME FLIES.....you should be completing your HERO story in one of four ways that was published in the last UPDATE. Please scroll down this page to see.  Remember other schools are depending on your to keep to the schedule!  

http://myhero.com/teachersroom/community_learningcircles.asp

Following schedules is an important workplace skill.  

Your Circles will remain open with the current participants through January 15, 2015. Your Circle is free to adjust the deadlines according to the needs of your Circle members.

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TELLING THE WORLD ABOUT YOUR HERO!

December 8, 2014 to January 6, 2015

**********  R E M E M B E R  **********

Please send any inquiries, questions or concerns you may have regarding your Classroom Connections experience to wendy@myheroproject.org or post on your IEARN FORUM.

You are not alone - we are here ready and willing to help!

The next session of Learning Circles will begin in January of 2015. If you are interested, you may register at the Learning Circles Space in the iEARN Collaboration Centre.

http://collaborate.iearn.org/space-24

 REMEMBER THIS IS WHEN WE WILL BE HOSTING THE SPECIAL CALL TO ACTION CIRCLE WITH MULTI MEDIA TRAINING SESSIONS FOR TEACHERS.

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Global Learning Circles

www.myhero.com

www.myhero.com/start

http://myhero.com/teachersroom/community_learningcircles.asp

iEARN-Brazil has posted the Website for the 2015 iEARN International Conference and Youth Summit:http://iearn2015.org/.  It will take place on July 26 – 31 in Brasilia, Brazil.  Details are being updated on the conference Website.  It will be an amazing experience and I encourage everyone to start planning now to attend the conference in July.

Nov 25 UPDATE and NEXT steps for MY HERO LEARNING CIRCLES:

MHE1 MHM1 MHH1

Hello everyone

NOW IS THE TIME TO CHOOSE YOUR HEROES AND HOW YOU WILL SHARE THEM ON THE MY HERO PROJECT WEBSITE:

Now is the time for the students to fully participate in their Student Forums and to choose their heroes and for teachers to be working on their ORGANIZER pages. Then when all their students works have been submitted to the MY HERO PROJECT website, www.myhero.com and approved, they can add them to their ORGANIZER page. I am here to help every step of the way.

NEXT STEPS:

1. Each student participating in the Student Forums should have posted once and replied to several postings from other students and countries.

2. Each student should be registered at www.myhero.com/start AS A STUDENT for their free media page that comes with tutorials for each section. STORIES. ART. AUDIO. SHORT FILMS.

3. Each student chooses a hero to share with the group by creating a web page at the MY HERO PROJECT.

There are four ways for students to share their hero stories: written story, art or a short film. Tutorials are provided for each. The following information will help you get started:

1. Written Story (Participate>Create a Page)

In the writer’s Create Program, students are invited to build a Web page about their heroes using text, images and links. Remember to write and save your story in a word document and then cut and paste into the CREATE template.

http://myhero.com/create

2. Art: Visualize Heroism (Participate>Share Your Art)

In the Gallery, students are invited to upload original artworks about their heroes, or the concept of heroism, including a short paragraph on how their hero inspires them.

http://myhero.com/gallery

3. Short Films (Participate>Submit a Film)

Students are invited to view and submit documentary, experimental, animated or narrative short films, 10 minutes and under, about those making a positive difference in our world. http://myhero.com/films

4. Audio (Participate>Create a song, podcast or spoken word)

Students are invited to submit their original audio files for exhibition on the MY HERO Audio Archive. We are seeking any sound that you have created by yourself using any media that portrays heroes, heroism, or heroic deeds.

http://myhero.com/audio/myaudio2.asp

*Important rules for stories:

1. No hatred, violence or prejudice – we are looking for heroes who inspire us with the best in humanity.

2. No plagiarism or copying – work must be written in the student’s own words, not copied or copy/pasted.

(Try Googling a sentence or two, if you want to check!)  Artwork should be original.

3. Credit all sources and include URL’s - do not use generic credits like “Google images” or “Yahoo” as these are search engines. Quoted text from published sources should appear with quotation marks and include a reference link to the original source.

4. Each TEACHER should be registered at www.myhero.com/start as a TEACHER and have started your ORGANIZER PAGE…

WHERE THEY WILL ADD A PARAGRAPH ABOUT PARTICIPATING IN THIS GLOBAL PROJECT, ANY PICTURES OF THEIR CLASS, SCHOOL, COMMUNITY, COUNTRY, LINKS TO SCHOOL WEBSITES, ETC. THEN WHEN EACH STUDENT HAS SUBMITTED THEIR HERO TO WWW.MYHERO.COM YOU the teacher,  WILL GATHER ALL THEIR WORKS ONTO ONE FINAL PAGE.

EXAMPLES OF ORGANIZER PAGES ARE HERE:

These are examples of Organizer pages from previous circles.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (MHE)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view.asp?pageid=550

MIDDLE SCHOOL (MHM)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1703

HIGH SCHOOL (MHH)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view.asp?pageid=998

Remember other schools are depending on your to keep to the schedule! Following schedules is an important workplace skill.  Please keep your partners informed of your progress. Your Circle is free to adjust the deadlines according to the needs of your Circle members.

 Happy Thanksgiving to all AMERICAN CLASSES!

Remember I am here to help so PLEASE let me know if you are unclear about anything or need help of any kind! SO looking forward to learning about your heroes.

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

NOVEMBER 17, 2014 UPDATE and Next Steps:

First I would like to thank all the teachers from around the world who attended our Presentation today on the GLOBAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE! If you missed it please read on and you will find the link of the recording.

Hello

I hope this posting finds you all well.

 

Here is a two minute video walking you through the MY HERO Project. I highly recommend that you watch it with your students.

http://myhero.com/films/view.asp?film=themyheroproject

 

And for those of you who were not able to make our presentation online at the GLOBAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE, here is a link to it, if you are interested. It takes you through an in depth one hour of what my hero is, all we have to offer for free and new technology and the call to action circle coming up in January.

 

Below is the recording, scroll down to Wendy Milette, MY HERO Presents New Media Technology for Local and Global Activism

 

http://www.globaleducationconference.com/page/2014-conference-recordings

 

Many teachers are making use of the Learning Circle Student Forums.  If you would like your students to learn how to post messages in the iEARNCollaboration Centre and to exchange messages, please complete the following steps.  First, register your students in the Member Dashboard of theiEARN Collaboration Centre.  Tutorials on how to do this are available on the iEARN Website: http://tutorials.iearn.org/.  Next, me send an email along with the following information to: learningcircles@gmail.com

Your Full Name:

Your Email Address:

Your Learning Circle Name:

Age Level of Your Students (High, Middle, or Elementary):

Shortly after I receive your email, I will add you and your students to the forum.  I will notify you when this has occurred.  After this the forums are open to both you and your students.

 

NOW IS THE TIME FOR YOUR STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE STUDENT FORUMS AND DISCUSS WHO OR WHAT INSPIRES THEM AND IS A HERO. Then they will need to DECIDE on who their hero is and how they would like to share their story. Through STORIES< ART> AUDIO OR A SHORT FILM. I will send clear step by step instructions in the next posting.

Please remember that each teacher who signs up his/her students for the Student Forums is responsible for monitoring the content of the messages and discussions.  You can receive copies of all student messages that are posted by going to the forum and clicking on “My Group Settings.”  After this click on “Receive forum posts via email and enable topic creation via email.”

You should inform your Circle participants and facilitators regarding your schedule.  Your group can adjust the exchange schedule, but it is important that every member of your group is informed and is in agreement with the changes.  It is a good idea to post a short message to your Circle every week to let everyone know what you are doing.

 

Remember to not let your circle partners down. They are counting on you.

Please let me know if you need anything or have any questions.

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Global Learning circles

www.myhero.com

www.myhero.com/start

http://www.myhero.com/teachersroom/community_learningcircles.asp

UPDATE November 10th, 2014

Brrr… it is getting cold where I am in Canada!

Please join me for the MY HERO Presentation at the Global Ed Conference taking place online next week, November 17th. Below is the information. It should be a very exciting presentation and you will be able to ask questions. See you then.

Link to our session

http://www.globaleducationconference.com/forum/topics/my-hero-presents-new-media-technology-for-global-and-local

Here is where we find our session link (once conference starts)

http://www.globaleducationconference.com/page/globaledcon-schedule-gmt-8

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Global Learning Circles

www.myhero.com

www.myhero.com/start

wendy@myheroproject.org

EXCITING FILM JUDGING OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU AND YOUR STUDENTS! Deadline Nov 11


You are invited to help us decide on a very important award in the 2014 MY HERO International Film Festival, our People's Choice Award. Based on your votes, one of these films will be chosen as a winner to be screened at our Awards Ceremony. Just watch the short films below and choose the one that you think best celebrates heroism!

DEADLINE TO VOTE IS NOVEMBER 11th....

http://www.myhero.com/films/publicvote.asp

This opportunity is for you and your students!

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Global Learning Circles

wendy@myheroproject.org

http://www.myhero.com

http://www.myhero.com/films/publicvote.asp

MY HERO Global Learning Circles Update: October 27 and next steps

 

Hello to All MY HERO Global Learning Circle Participants: MHE1, MHM1, MHH1

 

WE NEED TO KEEP THE CIRCLES MOVING doing weekly tasks as they are assigned. This is a general TIMELINE that you should print or save on your computer:

http://myhero.com/images/admin/Learning%20Cirlces%20Flyer%202013_R3.pdf

 

Please enjoy the Helloes, Class Surveys and Welcome Packs, but now it is time to let them COMPLETE them and then let them pass away and focus on the reason we are together. The purpose of Learning Circles is to work together on online projects. This phase of Learning Circles is critically important for the future of your Circle.  

 

THIS LINK IS YOUR FRIEND… please USE IT and you can click on your IEARN forum button to access the forums from this link as well.

http://myhero.com/teachersroom/community_learningcircles.asp

 

Share your thoughts about heroes and heroism, generate ideas, and be creative!  

 

The commitment is for every school to create either a story, art, audio or short film about your chosen hero. To get your FREE MEDIA PAGES at the MY HERO Project:

 

EACH TEACHER SHOULD REGISTER IMMEDIATELY AT www.myhero.com/start AS A TEACHER.

 

EACH STUDENT SHOULD REGISTER IMMEDIATELY AT www.myhero.com/start AS A STUDENT.

 

Students can choose their own or work in groups. The management of your student team is up to you. It should be student inspired, student created, and student managed as much as possible. Above all, it should be fun for them.

 

If you would like to have your students participate in the Learning Circle Student Forums please complete the following steps.  First, register your students in the Member Dashboard of the iEARN Collaboration Centre, next  send BARRY an email along with the following information to: learningcircles@gmail.com

 

Your Full Name:

Your Email Address:

Your Learning Circle Name:

Age Level of Your Students (High, Middle, or Elementary):

 

Shortly after Barry receives your email, he will add you and your students to the forum.  He will notify you when this has occurred.  After this the forums are open to both you and your students.

 

Keep your Circle moving forward,

 

The most important thing is to engage in discussion with your other Circle members. Let them know where you are with the STEPS and ASSIGNMENTS.

 

These are some examples of FINAL PROJECT MY HERO ORGANIZER pages so you know what your end project should look like.  

These are examples of Organizer pages from previous circles.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (MHE)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view.asp?pageid=550

MIDDLE SCHOOL (MHM)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1703

HIGH SCHOOL (MHH)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view.asp?pageid=998

 

Keep your Circle moving forward,

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

wendy@myheroproject.org

Facilitator

MY HERO Global Learning Circles

www.myhero.com

www.myhero.com/start

http://myhero.com/teachersroom/community_learningcircles.asp

MY HERO UPDATE AND NEXT STEPS October 20, 2014

Hello all participants in MHE1, MHM1 and MHH1

Please click on the TIMELINE to the right of this paragraph and download it to see where we are headed in this circle.

THIS week it is time complete these tasks if you have not already done so:  Send TEACHER Hello messages, Complete the Class Survey and post it in your forums to share with your students, decide on Welcome packages to share:

Welcome Packs

Students are excited about the prospect of working with students in other locations, but they find it difficult to conceptualize the similarities and differences. An effective way to help students learn more about their partners is to exchange "Welcome Packs." A Welcome Pack is a small set of materials that describe you and your students, school and community. Welcome Packs are sent via postal mail and should be limited to the size of a large envelope.

An alternative to a welcome pack might be an Internet home page with information about the students, school and community. The construction of either of these can be a very productive learning experience.

While welcome packs serve as another way to introduce students, please do not wait until your Welcome Pack arrives to continue your work in planning Learning Circle projects. Teachers and students are often very creative with ideas of what to send. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you help your students create their Welcome Packs.

1) Welcome Packs are fun to create, but they should not be so time-consuming that you and your students fail to participate in the Learning Circle dialog. You will need to have them ready in as soon as possible. Please check the time line for the date for mailing out Welcome Packs.

2) Once a class mails its Welcome Packs, the students are eager to receive the ones from the other classrooms. Welcome Packs are sent out by the end of the second week so that everyone will receive them about the same time.

3) Heavy packages cost more to send, especially overseas. You might want to keep cost in mind as you and your students make your choices.

Welcome Packs should be mailed (or posted online) by the end of Week 2. You can find the postal addresses of Learning Circle partners in the first "Circle News" message sent to your Learning Circle.

CLASS SURVEYS:

Put together your MY HERO Class Surveys and share with your group. There are many different ways to send your Class Survey.  The purpose of this task is for your students to share some information about themselves, their school, and their community.  You can send your information in any cross platform presentation that you wish.

Please remember, that this template is a starting point for your students to share cultural information.  You are free to add to it and be as creative as you wish.  In the past, some schools have added additional information, included pictures, created PowerPoints, produced movies, and even recorded podcasts!  The limit is your time and creativity.

At this time our goal is to continue to exchange cultural information, learn about each other, and share our daily lives.

All Class Surveys and attachments of any type can be found in your Learning Circle group in the iEARN Collaboration Centre.  You can quickly find them in the Recent Media section.  

You can send your Class Survey as an attachment to any message posted to your Circle.  Attachments that are around 2 MB or less will be automatically distributed with your email notifications.  Larger files will be posted in your Circle Media Center.  You should receive a link message to download the attachment.

A Few Notes:

1.  Please remember there are three different ways to post messages.  You can post a message in your discussion forum, you can send a message directly to your group email address, or you can reply to a message that you have received:

My Hero Elementary: lc2014s1-mhe1@collaborate.iearn.org

My Hero Middle: lc2014s2-mhm1@collaborate.iearn.org

My Hero High School: lc2014s2-mhh1@collaborate.iearn.org

2. In the new Collaboration Centre, Barry cannot change the email address where your messages are sent, but you can change your iEARN email address at any time.  In order to do this, go to your Member Dashboard and choose My Account.  The place where you change your email address is near the top.

3. We are hoping to open the student forums as soon as we finish the Class Surveys.  This week would be a good time to register all the students you want to participate in the student forums.  You will need to do this through your iEARN account.  To register students go to your Member Dashboard and choose Student Management.  On the left hand side you will see a link that reads Manually Register Students.  You will need to register each student one at a time.

It is very important that students are registered before we open the forums.  The task is more difficult after the forums have been opened.  We will be sending around a message with special instructions for the Student Forums when they are ready to be opened.

4.  Please stay in touch with your Circle Members on a regular basis. Send an email periodically, even if it is to only to say, “Hi.”  It is also polite to respond to messages.  Nothing is more discouraging than sharing information with a group and then having absolutely no response.

We are off to an excellent start!  

Keep the momentum going,

Cheers

Wendy and Barry

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Global Learning Circles

www.myhero.com

wendy@myheroproject.org

The below url is your friend. It has updates to the left. To the right you can click on TIMELINE to see where we are going and also you can find the MY HERO Class Survey. Also shortly you will be able to access your IEARN TEACHER FORUMS, as well as checking out final project ORGANIZER pages of past cirles, etc.

http://myhero.com/teachersroom/community_learningcircles.asp

Hello Everyone October 13, 2014

This week it is time to fill out the MY HERO CLASS Survey with your students and post to your group forum.

I have attached it in the IEARN forums… click on your forum to the right of this page to find it.

Today is Canadian Thanksgiving! So we are off for a feast with friends.

Cheers

Wendy Jewell Facilitator MY HERO Global Learning Circles. I will answer all posts tomorrow.

MY HERO Global Learning Circles - WELCOME

Hello to all the new teachers and classes of the current MY HERO LEARNING CIRCLES.

 

My name is Wendy Jewell and I have been facilitating the My Hero Learning Circles for 10 years. I am a producer, writer and educator at the My Hero Project and have taken part in the project since it began 19 years ago. As a parent and educator, I love the MY HERO Global Learning Circles because they bring your class into the world and the world into your classroom. It is also inspiring to learn about so many kids heroes, especially the ones from their own countries that many of us may not have heard of before. It is nice to see some familiar names in these circle, excellent teachers who have done this project before and will be great examples to those of you who are jumping in for the first time.

 

It is always so exciting to start a new session of My Hero Learning Circles. This time we have 3 groups: 6 classes in elementary (MHE1), 6 classes in middle school, (MHM1) and 11 classes in high school (MHH1).  I will be following this HELLO email with the posting of the MY HERO CLASS SURVEY.

 

Please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns or thoughts as we go along this journey together.  I am here to help, along with a great team at the My Hero Project.  CHEERS.

 

Wendy Jewell Facilitator MY HERO Global Learning Circles

wendy@myheroproject.org

www.myhero.com/start

THE LINK BELOW IS A CRITICAL LINK TO HAVE AS I WILL BE POSTING WEEKLY AND ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE PAGE YOU CAN PULL UP A GENERAL TIMELINE and we will also be posting your IEARN FORUM links, What Teachers and Students are Saying, How to Choose A Hero and more.

http://myhero.com/teachersroom/community_learningcircles.asp

 

 

My Hero Learning Circles Sept 2014 - Jan 2015

WELCOME BACK TO THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR!

We are happy to say that REGISTRATION is now OPEN for the next sessions of MY HERO LEARNING CIRCLES and our special CALL TO ACTION circle.

REGISTER now for the September 2014 - January 2015 MY HERO LEARNING CIRCLES Sessions. Looking for a way to connect your students with global peers about what inspires them? Want to get your own FREE Online Media Portal with tutorials on how to create your own webpage showcasing your STORY, ART, SHORT FILM or AUDIO about your hero? What makes a hero? Who is your hero and why? Do different countries have different criteria for choosing heroes? Can anyone be a hero?

Sign up by clicking on the link below by September 15th for the upcoming session of MY HERO Learning Circles which run from September 30, 2014 to January 15, 2015.

http://collaborate.iearn.org/space-21

 

Full description:

MY HERO Global Learning Circles is a joint venture between IEARN  and The MY HERO Project (www.myhero.com). This Circle brings together students and teachers who are interested in collaborating with other schools from around the world on the topic of MY HERO through writing, digital arts, audio presentations and/or short films. Each student and teacher will register at www.myhero.com/start for their own free media page, complete with tutorials. Classes will be put into age appropriate Elementary, Middle or High School circles.

Back by popular demand: Announcing a CALL TO ACTION MY HERO Learning Circle in Session 1. The goal of this Circle is for students and teachers to create and document an action plan to support the work of an identified Hero(es) or create a local initiative to continue or support the actions of an existing organization. There will be online Training Sessions with our head of MEDIA and LC Facilitator for Teachers on HOW TO use our multi-media resources. Join us! Circles are 15 weeks in duration. Two sessions. Session 1: September - January. Session 2: January - May.

 

Age/level of project participation:

K – 12

And email me directly if you have any questions. Looking forward to seeing returning and new teachers in the MY HERO LEARNING CIRCLES this session!

Cheers and SEE YOU SOON!

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Learning Circles

wendy@myheroproject .org

Barry S. Kramer, Ph.D.

iEARN Global Learning Circles Coordinator

http://www.iearn.org/circles

bskramer48@hotmail.com

learningcircles@gmail.com

MY HERO Global Learning Circles Update: May 31

Hello to all participating teachers and students in MHM1 and MHM2 circles.

MY HERO Global Learning Circles has been extended until June 23 in order for everyone to catch up with whatever still needs to be done to submit students works and teachers ORGANIZER pages. This is the tutorial for ORGANIZER pages: http://myhero.com/teachersroom/pdf/myhero%20Organizer%20Flyer.pdf

 

Here are the three that have completed to date:

 

MHM2

Egypt Amal Fahim-ElQersh

http://www.myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1918

USA Madeline Gillum

http://www.myhero.com/go/organizer/view.asp?pageid=1942

 

MHM1

USA – Laura Nietzer

http://www.myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1928

Please finish up, send your ORGANIZER pages to your circle, and say your goodbyes. There is still time to complete and if you have any questions please email me, wendy@myheroproject.org or reply to this post.

Also please send me the following identification information:

Teacher’s full name:

Name of your group (MHM1 or MHM2):

Title of your project: MY HERO Global Learning Circles

Class that worked on the project:

Name of your school:

City, state, and country your school is located:

Please check the Finished Project Page:

http://www.iearn.org/circles/2014session1/index.htm

to see if your finished project is there.  Also please check to make sure your information is correct.  If your project is not there please send it to Barry. Send your ORGANIZER url from MyHero.com to: bskramer48@hotmail.com or bkramer@ftschool.org.

This is the current timeline for finishing this session of MY HERO Global Learning Circles.

June 2014

Completing your ORGANIZER which is your final project

Sharing your Organizer with your circle partners

Closing the Circle (Goodbye Messages)

June 16

All current Circles will be closing.

June 23, 2014

All access to the forums will end

September 30, 2014 - The new session of Learning Circles will begin with new groupings.

A few items to remember:

1. Final projects/presentations must be your ORGANIZER page. The great thing about digital formats and downloadable pages is that we can make the information easily accessible to everyone.

2.  The Web address for the Finished Project page for the January to May 2014 session is:

http://www.iearn.org/circles/2014session1/index.htm

The page is up and active.  After you send me work, I will post it and then send you a message so that you can check your information, document, and links.

3.  Please remember to send a Goodbye Message to your Learning Circles group after you have completed your final project/presentation and have sent it to Barry Kramer. learningcircles@gmail.com

4.  If you would like an iEARN Learning Circles teacher participant certificate please let me know. In order to qualify you would need to have: (1) been an active teacher/leader, (2) submitted your final ORGANIZER page from myhero.com and (3) Certificates can only be sent as pdf files. I will also need the following information:

Your full name:

Name of your group (MHM1 or MHM2)

Name of your school:

City, state/region, and country:

Name of your project:

If you have any questions or need more information about any of this please contact me at wendy@myheroproject.org or bskramer48@hotmail.com or learningcircles@gmail.com.

It is time to say goodbye and submit your final ORGANIZER page. Please let me know if any of you are attending the IEARN – Argentina conference so I can put you in touch with Daniel Chavez, who will be giving workshops for MY HERO.

Cheers

Wendy and Barry

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Global Learning Circles

www.myhero.com

www.myhero.com/start

http://myhero.com/teachersroom/community_learningcircles.asp

 

Barry S. Kramer, Ph.D.

iEARN Global Learning Circles Coordinator

http://www.iearn.org/circles

bskramer48@hotmail.com

learningcircles@gmail.com

UPDATE AND NEXT STEPS TO WRAP UP THE MY HERO Global Learning Circles: May 21, 2014

Hello to all participants of the MHM1 and MHM2 circles.

THANK YOU ALL for your patience during this trying technical time while you and your students are trying to complete your hero stories, art, audio and/or short films and ORGANIZER pages.

Please know that you can email me directly wendy@myheroproject.org

We are so sorry for any inconvenience caused by our server outages. We are moving the site to a more robust web server host this summer. We believe the site should be working now and will be improved over the summer.

Your feedback is greatly appreciated. We would like to send you a MY HERO thank you package with a book and some movies. Please email me your mailing addresses if you would like to receive this package.

Again… thank you for your understanding.

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Global Learning Circles

www.myhero.com

www.myhero.com/start

wendy@myheroproject.org

UPDATE: May 14, 2014

Please email me directly with any problems you may be experiencing due to technical difficulties with our website.

wendy@myheroproject.org

If need be you can email me your students works…. matching their written hero stories with any jpeg or gif images (properly credited) they want to use, as well as any links to pertinent webpages that would enhance their stories.

Also if they are visualizing heroism and have made some kind of art work celebrating their heroes…. you can also attach the image for that, along with a short paragraph about their hero and the art…

The same goes for Audio and Short Films…

We are here to work with you to complete your MY HERO Project.

Thanks for your patience and your amazing participation during this circle!!!

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Global Learning Circles

www.myhero.com

www.myhero.com/start

wendy@myheroproject.org

UPDATE and next steps for MY HERO Global Learning Circles: May 5, 2014

Thank you for your patience during our technical difficulties! Things seem to be working well now… Also please email me with any concerns or questions. wendy@myheroproject.org

There has been such great participation with all the groups taking part in these learning circles. Congratulations!

It is good to see the Student Forums so active, as well as the teachers forums.

 

Now is the time for the students to fully participate in their Student Forums and to choose their heroes and for teachers to be working on their ORGANIZER pages. Then when all their students works have been submitted to the MY HERO PROJECT website, www.myhero.com and approved, they can add them to their ORGANIZER page. I am here to help every step of the way.

 

 

COMPLETION STEPS:

1. Each student participating in the Student Forums should have posted once and replied to several postings from other students and countries.

2. Each student should be registered at www.myhero.com/start AS A STUDENT for their free media page that comes with tutorials for each section. STORIES. ART. AUDIO. SHORT FILMS.

3. Each student chooses a hero to share with the group by creating a web page at the MY HERO PROJECT.

There are four ways for students to share their hero stories: written story, art or a short film. Tutorials are provided for each. The following information will help you get started:

1. Written Story (Participate>Create a Page)

In the writer’s Create Program, students are invited to build a Web page about their heroes using text, images and links. Remember to write and save your story in a word document and then cut and paste into the CREATE template.

http://myhero.com/create

2. Art: Visualize Heroism (Participate>Share Your Art)

In the Gallery, students are invited to upload original artworks about their heroes, or the concept of heroism, including a short paragraph on how their hero inspires them.

http://myhero.com/gallery

3. Short Films (Participate>Submit a Film)

Students are invited to view and submit documentary, experimental, animated or narrative short films, 10 minutes and under, about those making a positive difference in our world. http://myhero.com/films

4. Audio (Participate>Create a song, podcast or spoken word)

Students are invited to submit their original audio files for exhibition on the MY HERO Audio Archive. We are seeking any sound that you have created by yourself using any media that portrays heroes, heroism, or heroic deeds.

http://myhero.com/audio/myaudio2.asp

*Important rules for stories:

1. No hatred, violence or prejudice – we are looking for heroes who inspire us with the best in humanity.

2. No plagiarism or copying – work must be written in the student’s own words, not copied or copy/pasted.

(Try Googling a sentence or two, if you want to check!)  Artwork should be original.

3. Credit all sources and include URL’s - do not use generic credits like “Google images” or “Yahoo” as these are search engines. Quoted text from published sources should appear with quotation marks and include a reference link to the original source.

4. Each TEACHER should be registered at www.myhero.com/start as a TEACHER and have started your ORGANIZER PAGE…

WHERE THEY WILL ADD A PARAGRAPH ABOUT PARTICIPATING IN THIS GLOBAL PROJECT, ANY PICTURES OF THEIR CLASS, SCHOOL, COMMUNITY, COUNTRY, LINKS TO SCHOOL WEBSITES, ETC. THEN WHEN EACH STUDENT HAS SUBMITTED THEIR HERO TO WWW.MYHERO.COM THEY WILL GATHER ALL THEIR WORKS ONTO ONE FINAL PAGE.

EXAMPLES OF ORGANIZER PAGES ARE HERE:

These are examples of Organizer pages from previous circles.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (MHE)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view.asp?pageid=550

MIDDLE SCHOOL (MHM)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1703

HIGH SCHOOL (MHH)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view.asp?pageid=998

Remember other schools are depending on your to keep to the schedule! Following schedules is an important workplace skill.  Please keep your partners informed of your progress. Your Circle is free to adjust the deadlines according to the needs of your Circle members.

 

When you have finished your final presentation ORGANIZER page of the MY HERO project please send it to the members of your Circle. If you would like it featured on the Finished Project Page, then send Barry and me the url of your ORGANIZER. Also, please send us the:

TEACHER NAME

Name of your group (MHM1 or MHM2)

Name of your school,

Class that worked on the project, and the

City, state, and country your school is located.

 

Projects and URL addresses can be sent to learningcircles@gmail.com or bskramer48@hotmail.com AND wendy@myheroproject.org

 

 

Lastly, Fundación Evolución, the NGO which supports the TELAR-iEARN network in Argentina, will host the iEARN Conference and Youth Summit in 2014 from June 29-July 5, 2014 in Puerto Madryn, in the province of Chubut, Argentina.

http://www.iearn.org/event/iearn-argentina-telar-argentina-host-2014-iearn-conference-and-youth-summit-0

 

Details will be available soon.  Barry will be there along with many other representatives of Learning Circles.  Please consider attending this year’s conference.  It is an incredible educational and cultural experience.

 

If you have any questions or need more information about any of this please contact me at wendy@myheroproject.org.

HAPPY SPRING!!!

 

Wendy and Barry

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Global Learning Circles

www.myhero.com

www.myhero.com/start

wendy@myheroproject.org

http://myhero.com/teachersroom/community_learningcircles.asp

 

Barry S. Kramer, Ph.D.

iEARN Global Learning Circles Coordinator

http://www.iearn.org/circles

learningcircles@gmail.com

bskramer48@hotmail.com

UPDATE and NEXT STEPS for MY HERO Global Learning Circles April 28, 2014

Thanks for your patience regarding the site technical difficulties… we are back online!!!

 

There has been such great participation with all the groups taking part in these learning circles. Congratulations!

 

Now is the time for the students to fully participate in their Student Forums and to choose their heroes and for teachers to be working on their ORGANIZER pages. Then when all their students works have been submitted to the MY HERO PROJECT website, www.myhero.com and approved, they can add them to their ORGANIZER page. I am here to help every step of the way.

 

 

COMPLETION STEPS:

1. Each student participating in the Student Forums should have posted once and replied to several postings from other students and countries.

2. Each student should be registered at www.myhero.com/start AS A STUDENT for their free media page that comes with tutorials for each section. STORIES. ART. AUDIO. SHORT FILMS.

3. Each student chooses a hero to share with the group by creating a web page at the MY HERO PROJECT.

There are four ways for students to share their hero stories: written story, art or a short film. Tutorials are provided for each. The following information will help you get started:

1. Written Story (Participate>Create a Page)

In the writer’s Create Program, students are invited to build a Web page about their heroes using text, images and links. Remember to write and save your story in a word document and then cut and paste into the CREATE template.

http://myhero.com/create

2. Art: Visualize Heroism (Participate>Share Your Art)

In the Gallery, students are invited to upload original artworks about their heroes, or the concept of heroism, including a short paragraph on how their hero inspires them.

http://myhero.com/gallery

3. Short Films (Participate>Submit a Film)

Students are invited to view and submit documentary, experimental, animated or narrative short films, 10 minutes and under, about those making a positive difference in our world. http://myhero.com/films

4. Audio (Participate>Create a song, podcast or spoken word)

Students are invited to submit their original audio files for exhibition on the MY HERO Audio Archive. We are seeking any sound that you have created by yourself using any media that portrays heroes, heroism, or heroic deeds.

http://myhero.com/audio/myaudio2.asp

*Important rules for stories:

1. No hatred, violence or prejudice – we are looking for heroes who inspire us with the best in humanity.

2. No plagiarism or copying – work must be written in the student’s own words, not copied or copy/pasted.

(Try Googling a sentence or two, if you want to check!)  Artwork should be original.

3. Credit all sources and include URL’s - do not use generic credits like “Google images” or “Yahoo” as these are search engines. Quoted text from published sources should appear with quotation marks and include a reference link to the original source.

4. Each TEACHER should be registered at www.myhero.com/start as a TEACHER and have started your ORGANIZER PAGE…

WHERE THEY WILL ADD A PARAGRAPH ABOUT PARTICIPATING IN THIS GLOBAL PROJECT, ANY PICTURES OF THEIR CLASS, SCHOOL, COMMUNITY, COUNTRY, LINKS TO SCHOOL WEBSITES, ETC. THEN WHEN EACH STUDENT HAS SUBMITTED THEIR HERO TO WWW.MYHERO.COM THEY WILL GATHER ALL THEIR WORKS ONTO ONE FINAL PAGE.

EXAMPLES OF ORGANIZER PAGES ARE HERE:

These are examples of Organizer pages from previous circles.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (MHE)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view.asp?pageid=550

MIDDLE SCHOOL (MHM)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1703

HIGH SCHOOL (MHH)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view.asp?pageid=998

Remember other schools are depending on your to keep to the schedule! Following schedules is an important workplace skill.  Please keep your partners informed of your progress. Your Circle is free to adjust the deadlines according to the needs of your Circle members.

 

When you have finished your final presentation ORGANIZER page of the MY HERO project please send it to the members of your Circle. If you would like it featured on the Finished Project Page, then send Barry and me the url of your ORGANIZER. Also, please send us the:

TEACHER NAME

Name of your group (MHM1 or MHM2)

Name of your school,

Class that worked on the project, and the

City, state, and country your school is located.

 

Projects and URL addresses can be sent to learningcircles@gmail.com or bskramer48@hotmail.com AND wendy@myheroproject.org

 

 

Lastly, Fundación Evolución, the NGO which supports the TELAR-iEARN network in Argentina, will host the iEARN Conference and Youth Summit in 2014 from June 29-July 5, 2014 in Puerto Madryn, in the province of Chubut, Argentina.

http://www.iearn.org/event/iearn-argentina-telar-argentina-host-2014-iearn-conference-and-youth-summit-0

 

Details will be available soon.  Barry will be there along with many other representatives of Learning Circles.  Please consider attending this year’s conference.  It is an incredible educational and cultural experience.

 

If you have any questions or need more information about any of this please contact me at wendy@myheroproject.org.

HAPPY SPRING!!!

 

Wendy and Barry

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Global Learning Circles

www.myhero.com

www.myhero.com/start

wendy@myheroproject.org

http://myhero.com/teachersroom/community_learningcircles.asp

 

Barry S. Kramer, Ph.D.

iEARN Global Learning Circles Coordinator

http://www.iearn.org/circles

learningcircles@gmail.com

bskramer48@hotmail.com

 

 

Today is our GO TO TRAINING for MULTI MEDIA with the

MY HERO GLOBAL Learning Circles:

For all participants in the MHM1 and MHM2 circles.

Led by our head of Media and Director of the MY HERO International Film Festival Wendy Milette and Wendy Jewell, Facilitator, MY HERO Global Learning Circles.

Please register for Call to Action Learning Circles on Monday, April 14, 2014 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDT at:

https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/6775303158145998337

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.

Please send us any follow up questions you have. wendy@myheroproject.org or media@myheroproject.org

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

www.myhero.com

www.myhero.com/start

wendy@myheroproject.org

http://myhero.com/teachersroom/community_learningcircles.asp

NEXT STEPS MY HERO GLOBAL Learning Circles March 2014

The participation in the My Hero Learning Circles is running at a very high level. Let’s make sure we keep it going!

By now all teachers have said hello, sent Barry their student names so they can interact on the student forums, completed class surveys and shared other class surveys with your students, created and mailed welcome packages, if you choose to and are able to do so.

If you would like to have your students participate in the Learning Circle Student Forums please complete the following steps.  First, register your students in the Member Dashboard of the iEARN Collaboration Centre, next send Barry an email along with the following information to:learningcircles@gmail.com

Your Full Name:

Your Email Address:

Your Learning Circle Name:

Age Level of Your Students (High, Middle, or Elementary):

Shortly after he receives your email, he will add you and your students to the forum.  He will notify you when this has occurred.  After this the forums are open to both you and your students.

3.  Please remember that each teacher who signs up his/her students for the Student Forums is responsible for monitoring the content of the messages and discussions.  You can receive copies of all student messages that are posted by going to the forum and clicking on “My Group Settings.”  After this click on “Receive forum posts via email and enable topic creation via email.”

NEXT STEPS

If you have not already done so it is time for each TEACHER to register at the My Hero Project website here: www.myhero.com/start AS A TEACHER

Please remember to check Learning Circle and write down your username and password. This is what you will see.

Each student needs to register AS A STUDENT here: www.myhero.com/start

AS A STUDENT

Please remember to have them check learning circle and write down their username and password. This is what they will see:

You will notice that as a teacher you have two more clickable buttons, Teacher’s Room and Organizer. It is VERY IMPORTANT that students register as STUDENTS. And teachers register as teachers!

Everyone should be exploring the My Hero Project website in class or on their own.www.myhero.com

Click around the different categories to be inspired and get ideas of the kinds of heroes that are on our planet. Then you can figure out how to share the story of YOUR HERO.

In Stories, Art, Films or Audio. Remember, each category has tutorials to walk you through how to upload onto the website when you are completely done. And I am here to help, every step of the way.

To the right of this page you can click on Past Learning Circles to see final projects of classes from Elementary, Middle and High School circles. Click on any Organizer to see what others have done before you.

Also you can click on How to Choose a Hero.

And please click on TIMELINE, also to the right of this page, and print it or save it to refer to it as we go along.

IT IS ALSO GOOD FOR EVERYONE TO CHECK IN at least once a week with their circle and let us know how you are doing.

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

My Hero Learning Circles

NEXT STEPS: MY HERO Global Learning Circles March 2, 2014

The introductions, friendly letters and mailing of Welcome Packages need to give way to discussion about HEROES and choosing a hero to share using your media page on the MY HERO website. (more on this later in update) If you have found new friends, and we hope you have, please send friendly messages to their school e-mail directly and save the circle space for work on completing the MY HERO Project

Please remember that the goal of Learning Circles is for classes to communicate and learn about each other’s schools, communities and cultures and then to create and share a story, art, audio or short film about the hero they choose.

Each teacher should have registered for their TEACHER media page at www.myhero.com/start

And each student should register for their STUDENT media page at www.myhero.com/start

Make this link your friend

http://myhero.com/teachersroom/community_learningcircles.asp

As it gives you updates on the left and you can print or download the TIMELINE that is on the right side of the page, as well as see past circle results, access a how to choose a hero essay, as well as access you teacher forum at IEARN…. MHM1 or MHM2

Over the next 6 weeks your goal is to have your students participate on the Student Forums at IEARN (see below for instructions if you have not already registered your class with Barry Kramer )

THEN each student and teacher as well, if you are so inclined, chooses a hero to share with their partners and the world.

Teachers can then gather all their students posted works at the MY HERO website into an ORGANIZER page for their final presentation.

These are examples of Organizer pages from previous circles.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (MHE)  http://myhero.com/organizer/view.asp?pageid=550

MIDDLE SCHOOL (MHM)  http://myhero.com/go/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1703

HIGH SCHOOL (MHH)  http://myhero.com/go/organizer/view.asp?pageid=998

You should inform your Circle participants and facilitators regarding your schedule.  IT IS CRITICAL TO KEEP ON TRACK AND ON SCHEDULE so that classes will have time to view each other’s works and make comments. Student forums are opportunities for students to shares ideas, research, resources, opinions, and beliefs.  Please remember that teachers should also monitor student forums and keep them on track.

Three notes:

1.  If you are going to be away for a week or two please let you facilitator know that you will not be posting messages.  Communication is the key to a successful Learning Circle.  It is a really good idea to check in at least once a week to give your group facilitator and group members a status update on your progress.  This is also a good time to ask questions and to share what your students are doing at school.  Everyone appreciates these updates and loves to see what is going on at other schools around the world.

2.  If you would like to have your students participate in the Learning Circle Student Forums please complete the following steps.  

First, register your students in the Member Dashboard of the iEARN Collaboration Centre,

Next send Barry an email along with the following information to: learningcircles@gmail.comYour Full Name:

Your Email Address:

Your Learning Circle Name: MHM1 or MHM2

Age Level of Your Students (High, Middle, or Elementary):

Shortly after he receives your email, he will add you and your students to the forum.  He will notify you when this has occurred.  After this the forums are open to both you and your students.

3.  Please remember that each teacher who signs up his/her students for the Student Forums is responsible for monitoring the content of the messages and discussions.  You can receive copies of all student messages that are posted by going to the forum and clicking on “My Group Settings.”  After this click on “Receive forum posts via email and enable topic creation via email.”

 

Please make sure to check out the TIMELINE with a handy checklist of steps found to the right of this URL http://myhero.com/teachersroom/community_learningcircles.asp

 

ENJOY-- !!!

 

You are not alone - we are here ready and willing to help!

 

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Faciliator

MY HERO Global Learning Circles

www.myhero.com

www.myhero.com/start

http://myhero.com//teachersroom/community_learningcircles.asp

 

 

 

MY HERO Global Learning Circle NEXT STEPS February 25, 2014

 

I hope all of you are enjoying getting acquainted this session. We are very close to seeing full participation in every MY HERO Global Learning Circle.

 

Please make sure to use this very useful link in the Teachers Room at www.myhero.com It was created so you could go to one URL and find everything you need for participating in the circles.

On the left you will see the updates and can scroll down for previous postings and anything you may have missed. To the right you can click on TIMELINE that gives a blueprint of where we have been and where we are going. Also you can click on your teacher forum (MHM1 MHM2) and go into the IEARN site. You can also click on Past Learning Circles to see completed circles ORGANIZER pages, Read How To Choose A Hero and find out what other teachers are saying about participating in the MY HERO circles.

http://myhero.com/teachersroom/community_learningcircles.asp

 

NEXT STEPS.

Last Call for Teacher Hello Messages, Class Surveys, and Welcome Packs

 

I will post a list of addresses in the TEACHER forums for MHM1 and MHM2. Please add your school mailing address if it is not already there and check it for accuracy if it is already in the list.

Welcome Packs

Students are excited about the prospect of working with students in other locations, but they find it difficult to conceptualize the similarities and differences. An effective way to help students learn more about their partners is to exchange "Welcome Packs." A Welcome Pack is a small set of materials that describe you and your students, school and community. Welcome Packs are sent via postal mail and should be limited to the size of a large envelope.

An alternative to a welcome pack might be an Internet home page with information about the students, school and community. The construction of either of these can be a very productive learning experience.

While welcome packs serve as another way to introduce students, please do not wait until your Welcome Pack arrives to continue your work in planning Learning Circle projects. Teachers and students are often very creative with ideas of what to send. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you help your students create their Welcome Packs.

1) Welcome Packs are fun to create, but they should not be so time-consuming that you and your students fail to participate in the Learning Circle dialog. You will need to have them ready in as soon as possible. Please check the time line for the date for mailing out Welcome Packs.

2) Once a class mails its Welcome Packs, the students are eager to receive the ones from the other classrooms. Welcome Packs are sent out by the end of the second week so that everyone will receive them about the same time.

3) Heavy packages cost more to send, especially overseas. You might want to keep cost in mind as you and your students make your choices.

Welcome Packs should be mailed (or posted online) by the end of Week 2. You can find the postal addresses of Learning Circle partners in the first "Circle News" message sent to your Learning Circle.

 

Give your students the website www.myhero.com so they can explore on their own as well as asking them to register for their free media page.

Register AS A STUDENT at www.myhero.com/start

 

For those teachers who have not registered AS A TEACHER at www.myhero.com/start for your free media page, please do so now.

 

Feel free to email me directly with any questions. wendy@myheroproject.org

 

Thanks for your high level of participation!

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Global Learning Circles

www.myhero.com

wendy@myheroproject.org

www.myhero.com/start

http://myhero.com/teachersroom/community_learningcircles.asp

MY HERO Global Learning Circles Update: February 17

Hello All MY HERO Global Learning Circle Participants;

Just a reminder: Your Class Survey should be posted by the end of the week (February 23).  If you have not finished it, please try to send it as soon as possible.  If you are still working on your survey, it would be helpful if you would send a message to your group to let them know when you will be sending it.

There are many different ways to send your Class Survey.  The purpose of this task is to share some information about your students, school, and community.  You can send your information in any cross platform form that you wish.

Please remember, that the Class Survey template is a starting point for you to share some cultural information about your students, school, and community.  You are free to add to it and be as creative as you wish.  In the past, some teachers have added additional information, included pictures, created PowerPoints, produced movies, and even recorded podcasts!  The limit is your time and creativity.

If you have already sent your Class Survey, please share the other surveys with your students.  You are welcome and encouraged to respond to the surveys.  Let your students investigate and ask questions of your Circle partners.  Also, you may send supplementary information if your want to share more of your local culture and country.  This cultural exchange of information is very exciting for students.  Please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.

This is also a good time for each TEACHER to register as a TEACHER at www.myhero.com/start to get your free media page.

 

Also please have each student register AS A STUDENT at www.myhero.com/start to get THEIR free media page. Then they can start exploring the MY HERO Project website on their own… stories, art, short films and audio. It will introduce them to others heroes and inspire them to choose their own.

 

A Few Notes:

1. Barry Kramer is planning to open the student forums as soon as we finish the Class Surveys.  This week would be a good time to register all the students you want to participate in the student forums.  You will need to do this through your iEARN account.  To register students go to your Member Dashboard and choose Student Management.  On the left hand side you will see a link that reads Manually Register Students.  You will need to register each student one at a time.

It is very important that students are registered before Barry opens the forums.  The task is more difficult for him after the forums have been opened. We will be sending around a message early next week with special instructions on the procedure for registering your students for the Student Forums.

2.  Please stay in touch with your Circle Members on a regular basis. Send an email periodically, even if it is to only to say, “Hi.”  It is also polite to respond to messages.  Nothing is more discouraging than sharing information with a group and then having absolutely no response.

Looking forward to reading your class surveys!

Cheers

Wendy and Barry

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Global Learning Circles

www.myhero.com

wendy@myheroproject.org

http://myhero.com/teachersroom/community_learningcircles.asp

 

FORUM email addresses:

My Hero Elementary/Middle School: lc2014s1-mhm1@collaborate.iearn.org 

My Hero Middle/High School: lc2014s1-mhm2@collaborate.iearn.org

Barry S. Kramer, Ph.D.

iEARN Global Learning Circles Coordinator

http://www.iearn.org/circles

bskramer48@hotmail.com

learningcircles@gmail.com

 

MY HERO Global Learning Circles Update: February 9

Hello All Participants of MHM1 and MHM2 Circles:

What a great opening! The number of messages exchanged over the past two weeks has been impressive.  Almost every teacher has posted a Teacher Hello Message. If you have not done so, please post a message in your Learning Circle group forum and join in the introduction discussion.

Now it is time for you and your students to put together your MY HERO Class Surveys. (you will find it attached) There are many different ways to send your Class Survey.  The purpose of this task is for your students to share some information about themselves, their school, and their community.  You can send your information in any cross platform presentation that you wish.

Please remember, that this template is a starting point for your students to share cultural information.  You are free to add to it and be as creative as you wish.  In the past, some schools have added additional information, included pictures, created PowerPoints, produced movies, and even recorded podcasts!  The limit is your time and creativity.

At this time our goal is to continue to exchange cultural information, learn about each other, and share our daily lives.

All Class Surveys and attachments of any type can be found in your Learning Circle group in the iEARN Collaboration Centre.  You can quickly find them in the Recent Media section.  

You can send your Class Survey as an attachment to any message posted to your Circle.  Attachments that are around 2 MB or less will be automatically distributed with your email notifications.  Larger files will be posted in your Circle Media Center.  You should receive a link message to download the attachment.

A Few Notes:

1.  Please remember there are three different ways to post messages.  You can post a message in your discussion forum, you can send a message directly to your group email address, or you can reply to a message that you have received:

My Hero Elementary/Middle School: lc2014s1-mhm1@collaborate.iearn.org 

My Hero Middle/High School: lc2014s1-mhm2@collaborate.iearn.org 

2. In the new Collaboration Centre, Barry cannot change the email address where your messages are sent, but you can change your iEARN email address at any time.  In order to do this, go to your Member Dashboard and choose My Account.  The place where you change your email address is near the top.

3. We are hoping to open the student forums as soon as we finish the Class Surveys.  This week would be a good time to register all the students you want to participate in the student forums.  You will need to do this through your iEARN account.  To register students go to your Member Dashboard and choose Student Management.  On the left hand side you will see a link that reads Manually Register Students.  You will need to register each student one at a time.

It is very important that students are registered before we open the forums.  The task is more difficult after the forums have been opened.  We will be sending around a message with special instructions for the Student Forums when they are ready to be opened.

4.  Please stay in touch with your Circle Members on a regular basis. Send an email periodically, even if it is to only to say, “Hi.”  It is also polite to respond to messages.  Nothing is more discouraging than sharing information with a group and then having absolutely no response.

We are off to an excellent start!  

Keep the momentum going,

Cheers

Wendy and Barry

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Global Learning Circles

www.myhero.com

wendy@myheroproject.org

The below url is your friend. It has updates to the left. To the right you can click on TIMELINE to see where we are going and also you can find the MY HERO Class Survey. Also shortly you will be able to access your IEARN TEACHER FORUMS, as well as checking out final project ORGANIZER pages of past cirles, etc.

http://myhero.com/teachersroom/community_learningcircles.asp

Barry S. Kramer, Ph.D.

iEARN Global Learning Circles Coordinator

http://www.iearn.org/circles

learningcircles@gmail.com

bskramer48@hotmail.com

MY HERO Global LEARNING CIRCLES - WELCOME - February 2014

Hello to all the new teachers and classes of the current MY HERO Global Learning Circles.

My name is Wendy Jewell and I have been facilitating the My Hero Learning Circles for 8 years. I am a producer, writer and educator at the My Hero Project and have taken part in the project since it began 17 years ago. As a parent and educator, I love the MY HERO  Learning Circles because they bring your class into the world and the world into your classroom. It is also inspiring to learn about so many kids heroes, especially the ones from their own countries that many of us may not have heard of before. It is nice to see some familiar names in this circle, excellent teachers who have done this project before and will be great examples to those of you who are jumping in for the first time.

It is always so exciting to start a new session of My Hero Learning Circles. This time we have a really diverse set of circles with classes from Canada, USA, Taiwan, Pakistan, Indonesia, Belarus, Morocco and Egypt.  I will be following this HELLO message with a short list of critical tips to make these circles the best experience they can be for everyone.

Please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns or thoughts as we go along this journey together.  I am here to help, along with a great team at the My Hero Project.  CHEERS.

Wendy Jewell Facilitator MY HERO Learning Circles

wendy@myheroproject.org

www.myhero.com/start

http://myhero.com/teachersroom/community_learningcircles.asp

MY HERO Global Learning Circles – A Last Word to All Participants - January 21, 2014

 

TIME TO SAY GOODBYE and POST YOUR ORGANIZER PAGES

MHE, MHM1 and MHH CIRCLES

 

It is always sad to close a session of Learning Circles, but bringing the project to a close is an important part of the process.

 

At the same time, I am excited about the quality of the submitted final projects.  Many of you have achieved great success.

 

Even though Learning Circles is closing, I will still continue to accept your ORGANIZER PAGES/Finished Projects.  There is no deadline for submitting a project.  You may send it any time it is finished.  I will add it to your CIRCLE ORGANIZER that I am compiling now and Barry will be happy to feature your project on the Finished Project Page.

 

Barry will also be happy to issue a Certificate of Participation to any teacher who has successfully completed a MY HERO ORGANIZER page with your students.

 

Please take the time to look over and share the finished projects from other schools with your students.  Many excellent ORGANIZER pages with inspiring stories, art and short films about their heroes have been completed and shared.

 

Here are the current completed ORGANIZER pages from each circle. They eagerly await all of your Organizers as well to share with their students. Congratulations to all of you for your dedication to global experiential learning.

My Hero: Elementary School

Loredana Popa

Grade 4

School Nr. 17

Botosani, Romania

Topic - My Hero

Level - Elementary School

Project Web site - http://www.myhero.com/go/organizer/view.asp?pageid=1833

Luminita Agiurgioaiei

Students Age 6

School Grigore Moisil

Navodari, Constanta, Romania

Topic - My Hero

Level - Elementary School

Project Web site - http://www.myhero.com/go/organizer/view.asp?pageid=1857

 

My Hero: Middle School

Vera Stoilov Spasova

Class 8

OS Naklo

Naklo, Slovenia

Topic - My Hero

Level - Middle School

Project Web site - http://www.myhero.com/go/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1829

Irina Sakhatskaya

8th - A  Grade

Educational Centre No. 1497

Moscow, Russia

Topic - My Hero

Level - Middle School

Project Web site - http://myhero.com/go/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1854

Nadezhda Ivanova

Secondary School # 5

Krasnoyarsk, Russia

Topic - My Hero

Level - Middle School

Project Web site - http://myhero.com/go/organizer/edit.asp?pageid=1832

http://myhero.com/go/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1854

Larisa Moroz

Grade 6

Educational Centre No. 1497

Moscow, Russia

Topic - My Hero

Level - Middle School

Project Web site - http://myhero.com/go/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1861

My Hero: High School

 

Margarita Astakhova

Secondary School #7

Korolyov, Moscow Region, Russia

Topic - My Hero

Level - High School

Project Web site - http://www.myhero.com/go/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1822

 

 This is the timeline for Learning Circles looking forward. Even if you have not completed your ORGANIZER yet please say goodbye to your partners and let them know when they can expect to see your completed work.

 

January 22, 2014

All access to the Teacher Forums will end

 

January 30, 2014 - The new session of Learning Circles will begin with new groupings.

 A few items to review:

 

If you would like an iEARN Learning Circles teacher participant certificate please let us know.  In order to qualify you would need to have: (1) been an active teacher/leader, (2) Completed your ORGANIZER page at www.myhero.com Certificates can only be sent as pdf files.  We will also need the following information:

 

Your full name:

Name of your group (MHE, or MHM1 or MHH)

Name of your school:

City, state/region, and country:

 Name of your project: The MY HERO Project

 

The next session of Learning Circles will begin at the end of this month. If you are interested, you may register at the Learning Circles Space in the iEARN Collaboration Centre. http://collaborate.iearn.org/space-17

 

MY HERO Global Learning Circles will be offering a special CALL TO ACTION circle in the January to May 2014 session .

-My Hero Multimedia: An advanced level multi-media project for teachers and students who are interested in putting the principles of the My Hero project into action. Students and teachers will explore the use of the My Hero multi-media page.  Several training sessions about making a short film will be offered.

 

As well as the regular MY HERO Global Learning Circles for Elementary, Middle and High School circles.

Fundación Evolución, the NGO which supports the TELAR-iEARN network in Argentina, will host the iEARN Conference and Youth Summit in 2014 from June 29-July 5, 2014 in Puerto Madryn, in the province of Chubut, Argentina.

 

Registration details are now online:  http://iearn2014.org/eng

 

Please consider attending this year’s conference.  It is an incredible educational and cultural experience.

 

If you have any questions or need more information about any of this please contact me Wendy@myheroproject.org and/or bskramer@ftschool.org or bskramer48@hotmail.com.

 

Thank you for your participation and dedication,  

Wendy and Barry

 Wendy Jewell

Facilitator – MY HERO Global Learning Circles

www.myhero.com

wendy@myheroproject.org

http://myhero.com/teachersroom/community_learningcircles.asp

www.myhero.com/start

 

Barry S. Kramer, Ph.D.

 iEARN Global Learning Circles Coordinator

 http://www.iearn.org/circles

learningcircles@gmail.com

bskramer48@hotmail.com

 

MY HERO Global Learning Circles UPDATE January 12, 2014

HELLO to all participants in MHE, MHM1 and MHH

It is time to complete the MY HERO Project part of your CIRCLE work!

 

These are the Classes who have completed their ORGANIZER pages. Congratulations! There are a lot of other classes that are very close to completing as well!!! Looking forward to seeing all of their heroes!

 

MHE:

Loredana Popa

School nr. 17

Botosani, Romania

http://www.myhero.com/go/organizer/view.asp?pageid=1833

 

Luminita Agiurgioaiei

School Grigore Moisil

Navodari, Constanta, Romania

http://www.myhero.com/go/organizer/view.asp?pageid=1857

 

MHM1:

Vera Stoilov Spasova

OS Naklo, Slovenia

http://www.myhero.com/go/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1829

 

MHH:

Margarita Astakhova

Secondary School #7

Korolyov,Moscow Region, Russia

http://www.myhero.com/go/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1822

 

The Web address for the Finished Project page for the September 2013 to January 2014 session of Learning Circles is:

http://www.iearn.org/circles/2013session2/index.htm

This is the current timeline for finishing this session of Learning Circles.

January 12 to 20, 2014

COMPLETE your ORGANIZER pages with all your students works

Share your organizer page with your circle partners

Share OTHER organizer pages of your partners with your students

Closing the Circle (Goodbye Messages)

Teachers and Students say goodbye on their respective forums

January 22, 2014

All access to the forums will end

January 30, 2014 - The new session of Learning Circles will begin with new groupings.

The next session of Learning Circles will begin in January of 2014. If you are interested, you may register at the Learning Circles Space in the iEARN Collaboration Centre.

http://collaborate.iearn.org/space-17

The MY HERO Project is offering a special CIRCLE in the upcoming session:

-CALL TO ACTION - My Hero Multimedia: An advanced level multimedia project for teachers and students who are interested in putting the principles of the My Hero project into action. Students and teachers will explore the use of the My Hero multi-media page.  Several training sessions about making a short film will be offered.

The traditional My Hero Circles will also be offered for all age levels (elementary, middle, and high school).

Fundación Evolución, the NGO which supports the TELAR-iEARN network in Argentina, will host the iEARN Conference and Youth Summit in 2014 fromJune 29-July 5, 2014 in Puerto Madryn, in the province of Chubut, Argentina.

Registration details are now online:  http://iearn2014.org/eng 

I hope to be there along with Barry Kramer and many other representatives of Learning Circles.  Please consider attending this year’s conference.  It is an incredible educational and cultural experience.

If you have any questions or need more information about any of this please contact me wendy@myheroproject.org and/or bskramer48@hotmail.com or learningcirlces@gmail.com.

I will be sending out an FINAL ORGANIZER page of each Circle, MHE, MHM1 and MHH when all the ORGANIZERS are in.

 

Please let me know if there is any way I can help you complete the MY HERO Project.

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Global Learning Circles

www.myhero.com

wendy@myheroproject.org

MY HERO Global Learning Circles Update: January 1, 2014

New Year Greetings To All MY HERO Global Learning Circle Participants;

NOW IS THE TIME TO COMPLETE YOUR ORGANIZER pages! Then share the link with your circle partners.

If you have not already done so REGISTER AS A TEACHER at www.myhero.com/start and get your free media page and click ORGANIZER. You can then gather your students submitted and approved works about their heroes.

If students have not registered, do so AS A STUDENT at www.myhero.com/start

 

Please email me if you need any help completing the MY HERO project phase of your Learning circle.

 

The Saying Goodbye phase will take place from January 6 through the 15th. Your Learning Circles forum will remain open until January 22nd. It is never too late to complete your ORGANIZER pages or for your students to complete and share their hero story. Email me for help. Wendy@myheroproject.org

When you have finished your final presentation/project (ORGANIZER PAGE) please send it to the members of your Circle. If you would like it featured on the Finished Project Page, then send Barry Kramer a copy of your completed project as a Website URL address.

Also, please send me the:

Name of your group (mhe, mhm1 or mhh)

Teacher Name;

Name of your project,

Name of your school,

Class which worked on the project, and the

City, state, and country your school is located.

Projects and URL addresses can be sent to learningcircles@gmail.com or bskramer48@hotmail.com wendy@myheroproject.org

The next session of Learning Circles will begin end of January of 2014. If you are interested, you may register at the Learning Circles Space in the iEARN Collaboration Centre.

http://collaborate.iearn.org/space-17

The MY HERO Project is offering an extra Circle, CALL TO ACTION circle focusing on Multi-Media. An advanced level mulitmedia project for teachers and students who are interested in putting the principles of the My Hero project into action. Students and teachers will explore the use of the My Hero multi-media page.  Several training sessions about making a short film will be offered. Call to action circle is about students and teachers interacting together learning with and from one another as they take actions in their own communities and beyond to co-create a better world.  

Lastly, Fundación Evolución, the NGO which supports the TELAR-iEARN network in Argentina, will host the iEARN Conference and Youth Summit in 2014 from June 29-July 5, 2014 in Puerto Madryn, in the province of Chubut, Argentina.

http://www.iearn.org/event/iearn-argentina-telar-argentina-host-2014-iearn-conference-and-youth-summit-0

Details will be available soon.  I hope to be there along with Barry Kramer and many other representatives of Learning Circles.  Please consider attending this year’s conference.  It is an incredible educational and cultural experience.

If you have any questions or need more information about any of this please contact me wendy@myheroproject.org or learningcircles@gmail.com or bskramer48@hotmail.com.

Happy New Year to everyone!

Wendy and Barry

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Global Learning Circles

www.myhero.com

http://myhero.com/teachersroom/community_learningcircles.asp

www.myhero.com/start

Barry S. Kramer, Ph.D.

iEARN Global Learning Circles Coordinator

http://www.iearn.org/circles

learningcircles@gmail.com 

bskramer48@hotmail.com

MY HERO Global Learning Circles update: December 22, 2013

Seasons Greetings All Learning Circle Participants! MHE, MHM1 and MHH

Almost all schools are on holiday this week but feel free to post and keep going on your Organizer pages and helping your students. Learning Circles will be exchanging completed ORGANIZER pages and commenting on each others heroes through January 15th. The Saying Goodbye phase will take place from January 6 through the 15th. Your Learning Circles forum will remain open until January 22nd. Remember, it is never too late to complete the MY HERO Project portion of this circle. Let me know if you need help.

Your Learning Circle forum will remain open this week if you wish to post messages or catch up.

The great thing about digital formats and downloadable pages is that we can make the information easily accessible to everyone and they can be shared with your class, your Learning Circle, your school, friends and family.

 

Please use the following check list to work towards completing the MY HERO PROJECT portion of the Learning Circles.

 

COMPLETION STEPS:

1. Each student participating in the Student Forums should have posted once and replied to several postings from other students and countries.

 

2. Each student should be registered at www.myhero.com/start AS A STUDENT for their free media page that comes with tutorials for each section. STORIES. ART. AUDIO. SHORT FILMS.

 

3. Each student chooses a hero to share with the group by creating a web page at the MY HERO PROJECT.

 

There are four ways for students to share their hero stories: written story, art or a short film. Tutorials are provided for each. The following information will help you get started:

1. Written Story (Participate>Create a Page)

In the writer’s Create Program, students are invited to build a Web page about their heroes using text, images and links. Remember to write and save your story in a word document and then cut and paste into the CREATE template.

http://myhero.com/create

2. Art: Visualize Heroism (Participate>Share Your Art)

In the Gallery, students are invited to upload original artworks about their heroes, or the concept of heroism, including a short paragraph on how their hero inspires them.

http://myhero.com/gallery

3. Short Films (Participate>Submit a Film)

Students are invited to view and submit documentary, experimental, animated or narrative short films, 10 minutes and under, about those making a positive difference in our world. http://myhero.com/films

4. Audio (Participate>Create a song, podcast or spoken word)

Students are invited to submit their original audio files for exhibition on the MY HERO Audio Archive. We are seeking any sound that you have created by yourself using any media that portrays heroes, heroism, or heroic deeds.

http://myhero.com/audio/myaudio2.asp

*Important rules for stories:

1. No hatred, violence or prejudice – we are looking for heroes who inspire us with the best in humanity.

2. No plagiarism or copying – work must be written in the student’s own words, not copied or copy/pasted.

(Try Googling a sentence or two, if you want to check!)  Artwork should be original.

3. Credit all sources and include URL’s - do not use generic credits like “Google images” or “Yahoo” as these are search engines. Quoted text from published sources should appear with quotation marks and include a reference link to the original source.

 

4. Each TEACHER should be registered at www.myhero.com/start as a TEACHER and have started your ORGANIZER PAGE…

WHERE THEY WILL ADD A PARAGRAPH ABOUT PARTICIPATING IN THIS GLOBAL PROJECT, ANY PICTURES OF THEIR CLASS, SCHOOL, COMMUNITY, COUNTRY, LINKS TO SCHOOL WEBSITES, ETC. THEN WHEN EACH STUDENT HAS SUBMITTED THEIR HERO TO WWW.MYHERO.COM THEY WILL GATHER ALL THEIR WORKS ONTO ONE FINAL PAGE.

EXAMPLES OF ORGANIZER PAGES ARE HERE:

These are examples of Organizer pages from previous circles.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (MHE)  http://myhero.com/go/organizer/view.asp?pageid=550

MIDDLE SCHOOL (MHM)  http://myhero.com/go/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1703

HIGH SCHOOL (MHH)  http://myhero.com/go/organizer/view.asp?pageid=998

 

 

Remember other schools are depending on your to keep to the schedule! Following schedules is an important workplace skill.  Please keep your partners informed of your progress. Your Circle is free to adjust the deadlines according to the needs of your Circle members.

When you have finished your final presentation ORGANIZER page of the MY HERO project please send it to the members of your Circle. If you would like it featured on the Finished Project Page, then send Barry and me the url of your ORGANIZER. Also, please send us the:

TEACHER NAME

Name of your group (MHE or MHM1 or MHH)

Name of your school,

Class which worked on the project, and the

City, state, and country your school is located.

Projects and URL addresses can be sent to learningcircles@gmail.com or bskramer48@hotmail.com AND wendy@myheroproject.org

The next session of Learning Circles will begin in January of 2014. If you are interested, you may register at the Learning Circles Space in the iEARN Collaboration Centre.

http://collaborate.iearn.org/space-17

For the next session The MY HERO Project is offering all three circles for Elementary, (MHE), Middle School (MHM1) and High School (MHH) as well as a SPECIAL CALL TO ACTION CIRCLE that will offer multi media instruction with a focus on making a short film a

Lastly, Fundación Evolución, the NGO which supports the TELAR-iEARN network in Argentina, will host the iEARN Conference and Youth Summit in 2014 from June 29-July 5, 2014 in Puerto Madryn, in the province of Chubut, Argentina.

http://www.iearn.org/event/iearn-argentina-telar-argentina-host-2014-iearn-conference-and-youth-summit-0

Details will be available soon.  Barry will be there along with many other representatives of Learning Circles.  Please consider attending this year’s conference.  It is an incredible educational and cultural experience. I am hoping to attend.

If you have any questions or need more information about any of this please contact me at wendy@myheroproject.org.

Happy Holidays to everyone!

Wendy and Barry

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Global Learning Circles

www.myhero.com

www.myhero.com/start

wendy@myheroproject.org

http://myhero.com/teachersroom/community_learningcircles.asp

Barry S. Kramer, Ph.D.

iEARN Global Learning Circles Coordinator

http://www.iearn.org/circles

learningcircles@gmail.com 

bskramer48@hotmail.com

MY HERO GLOBAL LEARNING CIRCLE UPDATE: December 12, 2013

MHE, MHM1 and MHH circles

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Time is flying by! Time to complete the MY HERO PROJECT part of the Learning Circles.

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Please use the following check list to work towards completing the MY HERO PROJECT portion of the Learning Circles.

 

COMPLETION STEPS:

1. Each student participating in the Student Forums should have posted once and replied to several postings from other students and countries.

 

2. Each student should be registered at www.myhero.com/start AS A STUDENT for their free media page that comes with tutorials for each section. STORIES. ART. AUDIO. SHORT FILMS.

 

3. Each student chooses a hero to share with the group by creating a web page at the MY HERO PROJECT.

 

There are four ways for students to share their hero stories: written story, art or a short film. Tutorials are provided for each. The following information will help you get started:

1. Written Story (Participate>Create a Page)

In the writer’s Create Program, students are invited to build a Web page about their heroes using text, images and links. Remember to write and save your story in a word document and then cut and paste into the CREATE template.

http://myhero.com/create

2. Art: Visualize Heroism (Participate>Share Your Art)

In the Gallery, students are invited to upload original artworks about their heroes, or the concept of heroism, including a short paragraph on how their hero inspires them.

http://myhero.com/gallery

3. Short Films (Participate>Submit a Film)

Students are invited to view and submit documentary, experimental, animated or narrative short films, 10 minutes and under, about those making a positive difference in our world. http://myhero.com/films

4. Audio (Participate>Create a song, podcast or spoken word)

Students are invited to submit their original audio files for exhibition on the MY HERO Audio Archive. We are seeking any sound that you have created by yourself using any media that portrays heroes, heroism, or heroic deeds.

http://myhero.com/audio/myaudio2.asp

*Important rules for stories:

1. No hatred, violence or prejudice – we are looking for heroes who inspire us with the best in humanity.

2. No plagiarism or copying – work must be written in the student’s own words, not copied or copy/pasted.

(Try Googling a sentence or two, if you want to check!)  Artwork should be original.

3. Credit all sources and include URL’s - do not use generic credits like “Google images” or “Yahoo” as these are search engines. Quoted text from published sources should appear with quotation marks and include a reference link to the original source.

 

4. Each TEACHER should be registered at www.myhero.com/start as a TEACHER and have started your ORGANIZER PAGE…

WHERE THEY WILL ADD A PARAGRAPH ABOUT PARTICIPATING IN THIS GLOBAL PROJECT, ANY PICTURES OF THEIR CLASS, SCHOOL, COMMUNITY, COUNTRY, LINKS TO SCHOOL WEBSITES, ETC. THEN WHEN EACH STUDENT HAS SUBMITTED THEIR HERO TO WWW.MYHERO.COM THEY WILL GATHER ALL THEIR WORKS ONTO ONE FINAL PAGE.

EXAMPLES OF ORGANIZER PAGES ARE HERE:

These are examples of Organizer pages from previous circles.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (MHE)  http://myhero.com/go/organizer/view.asp?pageid=550

MIDDLE SCHOOL (MHM)  http://myhero.com/go/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1703

HIGH SCHOOL (MHH)  http://myhero.com/go/organizer/view.asp?pageid=998

 

 

Remember other schools are depending on your to keep to the schedule! Following schedules is an important workplace skill.  Please keep your partners informed of your progress. Your Circle is free to adjust the deadlines according to the needs of your Circle members.

Your Circles will remain open with the current participants through January 15, 2014.

You are not alone - we are here ready and willing to help!

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Global Learning Circles

wendy@myheroproject.org

www.myhero.com

http://myhero.com/teachersroom/community_learningcircles.asp

www.myhero.com/start

MY HERO Learning Circle UPDATE:

Completing the MY HERO Project part of the MY HERO Learning Circles MHE, MHM1, MHH

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

December 4, 2013

IT IS TIME FOR ALL STUDENTS TO CHOOSE THEIR HERO AND SHARE THAT STORY IN ONE OF THE WAYS LISTED BELOW.

EACH TEACHER SHOULD HAVE REGISTERED AS A TEACHER AT WWW.MYHERO.COM/START

AND TO HAVE BEGUN THEIR ORGANIZER PAGE WHERE THEY WILL ADD A PARAGRAPH ABOUT PARTICIPATING IN THIS GLOBAL PROJECT, ANY PICTURES OF THEIR CLASS, SCHOOL, COMMUNITY, COUNTRY, LINKS TO SCHOOL WEBSITES, ETC. THEN WHEN EACH STUDENT HAS SUBMITTED THEIR HERO TO WWW.MYHERO.COM THEY WILL GATHER ALL THEIR WORKS ONTO ONE FINAL PAGE.

EXAMPLES OF ORGANIZER PAGES ARE HERE:

These are examples of Organizer pages from previous circles.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (MHE)  http://myhero.com/go/organizer/view.asp?pageid=550

MIDDLE SCHOOL (MHM)  http://myhero.com/go/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1703

HIGH SCHOOL (MHH)  http://myhero.com/go/organizer/view.asp?pageid=998

NEXT STEPS:

Students can register for their own accounts here:

http://myhero.com/START

Please advise them to register as students and not as educators in the Teacher's Room.

Please let your students know that we accept only stories that are written in the students' own words. Our editors regularly "googles" sentences of public heroes to see if they come up online. If they have been plagiarized, they will return the story with a letter of explanation. This may slow down their ability to get your stories published as quickly as possible so we hope your students will keep this in mind.

There are four ways for students to share their hero stories: written story, art or a short film. Tutorials are provided for each. The following information will help you get started:

1. Written Story (Participate>Create a Page)

In the writer’s Create Program, students are invited to build a Web page about their heroes using text, images and links.

http://myhero.com/create

2. Art: Visualize Heroism (Participate>Share Your Art)

In the Gallery, students are invited to upload original artworks about their heroes, or the concept of heroism, including a short paragraph on how their hero inspires them.

http://myhero.com/gallery

3. Short Films (Participate>Submit a Film)

Students are invited to view and submit documentary, experimental, animated or narrative short films, 10 minutes and under, about those making a positive difference in our world. http://myhero.com/films

4. Audio (Participate>Create a song, podcast or spoken word)

Students are invited to submit their original audio files for exhibition on the MY HERO Audio Archive. We are seeking any sound that you have created by yourself using any media that portrays heroes, heroism, or heroic deeds.

http://myhero.com/audio/myaudio2.asp

*Important rules for stories:

1. No hatred, violence or prejudice – we are looking for heroes who inspire us with the best in humanity.

2. No plagiarism or copying – work must be written in the student’s own words, not copied or copy/pasted.

(Try Googling a sentence or two, if you want to check!)  Artwork should be original.

3. Credit all sources and include URL’s - do not use generic credits like “Google images” or “Yahoo” as these are search engines. Quoted text from published sources should appear with quotation marks and include a reference link to the original source.

4. RELATED LINKS - please include all online educational resources used to research the essay, artwork or short film. We will not accept YouTube and blogs with comments.

5. Public heroes - check for factual accuracy.

6. Personal stories - avoid private information that might embarrass your hero or others n the story. When in doubt, provide anonymity. Since this is a public site, we ask that private information (birthdates, etc) be left out.  We are looking for the spirit of the hero, not their resume.

MY HERO will not accept stories on individuals who promote hatred, intolerance or violence. The stories, films and other resources are a great place to research to get started....

http://myhero.com/Directory

http://myhero.com/Winners

http://myhero.com/Audio

http://myhero.com/Gallery

Frequently asked questions by teachers:

http://myhero.com/teachersroom/faqs.asp

Please try to complete student work over the next two weeks.  The most important thing to do is to communicate with your Circle members and let them know when your students will be finished and you will be finished your organizer page to share with all participant partners.

Please send any inquiries, questions or concerns you may have regarding your experience to your: Me wendy@myheroproject.org or to me Barry Kramer (bskramer48@hotmail.com)

You are not alone - we are here ready and willing to help!  (Please include the name of your circle! MHE, MHM1 or MHH)

Look for the next Circle update around December 12th

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Cheers Wendy Jewell Facilitator MY HERO Global Learning Circles

www.myhero.com

www.myhero.com/start

wendy@myheroproject.org

MY HERO Learning Circles Update: November 26

MHE MHM1 and MHH Circles

Late November Greetings To All MY HERO Learning Circle Participants;

At this time of the year many schools are returning from break, getting ready to celebrate a holiday, or going through exam periods.  Very few messages have been exchanged during the week.  Hopefully, most of you will be back to your normal schedules soon and will be able to resume your commitment to MY HERO Learning Circles.

Please stay in touch with your MY HERO Learning Circle group members and give them an update on your progress.

The work on choosing a hero and creating a web page about them at www.myhero.com/start either as a story, art, audio or short film will continue through mid December. At that time teachers will begin to gather their students works into their ORGANIZER page, that they will create through their own media page that you should all have after registering at www.myhero.com/start as a TEACHER. Then the exchange of HEROES between partners will begin and continue through early January.

Please remember that the commitment is for every school to complete the MY HERO Project and as their final project page, each teacher will have an ORGANIZER page to share with their partners and to also be able to post in their schools website and send home to parents.

 This collaborative phase of Learning Circles is your opportunity to allow your students to creatively engage in project work.  It should be student inspired, student created, and student managed as much as possible.  Above all it should be fun for them.  Projects are opportunities for students to shares ideas, research, resources, opinions, and beliefs.  Please remember that your own school should also contribute to your own project.

Please make every effort to complete the MY HERO Project by mid December.  Please check in with your group this week and update them on your progress.  Communication is very important at this point in the process. Also, remember I am here to help so please feel free to email me directly or through the forums.

 Wishing all those in the US a very Happy Thanksgiving and also to everyone celebrating, a Happy Chanukah!

Looking forward to seeing your progress,

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Learning Circles

wendy@myheroproject.org

www.myhero.com

www.myhero.com/start

http://myhero.com/teachersroom/community_learningcircles.asp

MY HERO LEARNING CIRCLES UPDATE: November 17

Greetings To All MY HERO Learning Circle Participants; (MHE, MHM1, MHH)

Many teachers are making use of the Student Forums.  If you would like your students to learn how to post messages in the iEARN Collaboration Centre and to exchange messages, please complete the following steps.  First, register your students in the Member Dashboard of the iEARN Collaboration Centre, next send Barry Kramer an email along with the following information to: learningcircles@gmail.com

Your Full Name:

Your Email Address:

Your Learning Circle Name: MHE or MHM1 or MHH

Age Level of Your Students (High, Middle, or Elementary):

Shortly after he gets your email, he will add you and your students to the forum.  He will notify you when this has occurred.  After this the forums are open to both you and your students.

IT IS NOW TIME TO HAVE YOUR STUDENTS CHOOSE A HERO and share that story in one of the FOUR WAYS on the MY HERO website.  STORIES ART AUDIO and/or SHORT FILMS

 Please remember that all works MUST BE ORIGINAL and created by the students, not cut and paste from another website. When adding pictures, please make sure to credit the source.

 FIRST each student must REGISTER AS A STUDENT here: www.myhero.com/start to receive their media page.

EACH TEACHER must REGISTER as a TEACHER here: www.myhero.com/start to receive their media page… many teachers have already done this so this reminder is for those who still need to do this.

 Teachers can then gather all their students posted works at the MY HERO website into an ORGANIZER page for their final presentation.

These are examples of Organizer pages from previous circles.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (MHE)  http://myhero.com/go/organizer/view.asp?pageid=550

MIDDLE SCHOOL (MHM)  http://myhero.com/go/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1703

HIGH SCHOOL (MHH)  http://myhero.com/go/organizer/view.asp?pageid=998

 MAKE THIS LINK YOUR FRIEND: http://myhero.com/go/teachersroom/community_learningcircles.asp

 It is a good idea to post a short message to your Circle every week to let everyone know what you are doing.  Please stay in touch even if it is only to say hi to everyone in your group. Please remember that the commitment is for every student to choose and share stories of their heroes and for every teacher to create an ORGANIZER page that gathers all of their students stories, art, audio and/or short films into one final link.

Enjoy this productive phase of Student and Teacher forums and having your students work on CREATING HEROES until Mid December.

THEN ALL TEACHERS SHOULD FINALIZE AND SUBMIT THEIR ORGANIZER PAGES so that you can share all your partner classrooms HEROES and make comments and give your thoughts about what other students have shared.

One last note: 1. Please remember that each teacher who signs up his/her students for the Student Forums is responsible for monitoring the content of the messages and discussions.  You can receive copies of all student messages that are posted by going to the forum and clicking on “My Group Settings.”  After this click on “Receive forum posts via email and enable topic creation via email.”

 Enjoy your welcome packages!!!! THANK YOU TO VERA  and to your students from class 8 in OS Naklo, Slovenia for my AWESOME welcome package. LOVE the tshirt!!!

 Keep up the good work everyone. And please email me with any questions or concerns… it is never too late to catch up… I am here to help.

Cheers

wendy jewell facilitator my hero learning circles

www.myhero.com

wendy@myheroproject.org

MY HERO Global Learning Circles update: Nov 10, 2013

MHE, MHM1, MHH circles

The introductions and friendly letters need to give way to discussion about HEROES and choosing a hero to share using your media page on the MY HERO website. (more on this later in update) If you have found new friends, and we hope you have, please send friendly messages to their school e-mail directly and save the circle space for work on completing the MY HERO Project.

Please remember that the goal of Learning Circles is for classes to communicate and learn about each other’s schools, communities and cultures and then to create and share a story, art, audio or short film about the hero they choose. Each teacher should register for their TEACHER media page at www.myhero.com/start

And each student should register for their STUDENT media page at www.myhero.com/start

Make this link your friend

http://myhero.com/go/teachersroom/community_learningcircles.asp

…as it gives you updates on the left and you can print or download the TIMELINE that is on the right side of the page, as well as see past circle results, access a how to choose a hero essay, as well as access you teacher forum at IEARN…. MHE, MHM or MHH.

 Over the next 6 weeks your goal is to have your students participate on the Student Forums at IEARN (see below for instructions if you have not already registered your class with Barry Kramer )

THEN each student and teacher as well, if you are so inclined, chooses a hero to share with their partners and the world.

 Teachers can then gather all their students posted works at the MY HERO website into an ORGANIZER page for their final presentation.

These are examples of Organizer pages from previous circles.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (MHE)  http://myhero.com/go/organizer/view.asp?pageid=550

MIDDLE SCHOOL (MHM)  http://myhero.com/go/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1703

HIGH SCHOOL (MHH)  http://myhero.com/go/organizer/view.asp?pageid=998

 You should inform your Circle participants and facilitators regarding your schedule.  IT IS CRITICAL TO KEEP ON TRACK AND ON SCHEDULE so that classes will have time to view each other’s works and make comments.

Student forums are opportunities for students to shares ideas, research, resources, opinions, and beliefs.  Please remember that teachers should also monitor student forums and keep them on track.

Three notes:

1.  If you are going to be away for a week or two please let you facilitator know that you will not be posting messages.  Communication is the key to a successful Learning Circle.  It is a really good idea to check in at least once a week to give your group facilitator and group members a status update on your progress.  This is also a good time to ask questions and to share what your students are doing at school.  Everyone appreciates these updates and loves to see what is going on at other schools around the world.

2.  If you would like to have your students participate in the Learning Circle Student Forums please complete the following steps.  First, register your students in the Member Dashboard of the iEARN Collaboration Centre, next me send an email along with the following information to: learningcircles@gmail.com

Your Full Name:

Your Email Address:

Your Learning Circle Name:

Age Level of Your Students (High, Middle, or Elementary):

Shortly after I receive your email, I will add you and your students to the forum.  I will notify you when this has occurred.  After this the forums are open to both you and your students.

3.  Please remember that each teacher who signs up his/her students for the Student Forums is responsible for monitoring the content of the messages and discussions.  You can receive copies of all student messages that are posted by going to the forum and clicking on “My Group Settings.”  After this click on “Receive forum posts via email and enable topic creation via email.”

Please your Circle moving forward,

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Learning Circles

wendy@myheroproject.org

www.myhero.com

www.myhero.com/start

http://myhero.com/teachersroom/community_learningcircles.asp

UPDATE MY HERO Global Learning Circles:

NEXT STEPS for MHE, MHM1 and MHH circles OCTOBER 28

Finishing up old business and moving into Student Forums, registering at MY HERO  and Choosing a Hero

FINISHING UP OLD BUSINESS

Your goal this week is to finish up your opening activities such as Teacher Hello Messages, Class Surveys, and Welcome Packs.

PLEASE NOTE: Please post all messages in your iEARN Discussion Forum. If a teacher joins late, they will still be able to read the earlier messages.

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 One more note:

If you would like to have your students participate in the MY HERO Learning Circle Student Forums please complete the following steps.  First, register your students in the Member Dashboard of the iEARN Collaboration Centre, next send Barry an email along with the following information to: learningcircles@gmail.com

Your Full Name:

Your Email Address:

Your Learning Circle Name:

Age Level of Your Students (High, Middle, or Elementary):

Shortly after I receive your email, I will add you and your students to the forum.  I will notify you when this has occurred.  After this the forums are open to both you and your students.

Keep your Circle moving forward,

Wendy and Barry

WENDY JEWELL

Facilitator

MY HERO Global Learning Circles

www.myhero.com

http://myhero.com/teachersroom/community_learningcircles.asp

www.myhero.com/start

MY HERO Learning Circles Update: October 20

Hi All MY HERO Learning Circle Participants;

Just a reminder: Your Class Survey should be posted by the end of the weekend.  If you have not finished it, please try to send it as soon as possible.  If you are still working on it, it would be helpful if you would send a message to your group to let them know when you will be sending it.

There are many different ways to send your MY HERO Class Survey.  The purpose of this task is to share some information about your students, school, and community.  You can send your information in any cross platform form that you wish.

Please remember, that the MY HERO Class Survey template is a starting point for you to share some cultural information about your students, school, and community.  You are free to add to it and be as creative as you wish.  In the past, some teachers have added additional information, included pictures, created PowerPoints, produced movies, and even recorded podcasts!  The limit is your time and creativity.

This is also a good time to register at the MY HERO PROJECT.

Teachers register as a TEACHER here: www.myhero.com/start

Each Student registers as a STUDENT (NOT as a teacher, this is important) here: www.myhero.com/start

A Few Notes:

1. Barry Kramer is planning to open the student forums as soon as we finish the MY HERO Class Surveys.  Now would be a good time to register all the students you want to participate in the student forums.  You will need to do this through your iEARN account.  To register students go to your Member Dashboard and choose Student Management.  On the left hand side you will see a link that reads Manually Register Students.  You will need to register each student one at a time.

It is very important that students are registered before he opens the forums.  The task is more difficult for Barry after the forums have been opened.  Barry and I will be sending around a message early next week with special instructions on the procedure for registering your students for the Student Forums.

2.  Please stay in touch with your Circle Members on a regular basis. Send an email periodically, even if it is to only to say, “Hi.”  It is also polite to respond to messages.  Nothing is more discouraging than sharing information with a group and then having absolutely no response.

I am looking forward to reading your MY HERO Class Surveys,

Cheers

Wendy

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Global Learning Circles

www.myhero.com

http://myhero.com/teachersroom/community_learningcircles.asp

www.myhero.com/start

Teacher Forum Email Addresses:

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My Hero Elementary School: lc2013s2-mhe1@collaborate.iearn.org 

My Hero Middle School: lc2013s2-mhm1@collaborate.iearn.org 

My Hero High School: lc2013s2-mhh1@collaborate.iearn.org

MY HERO Learning Circles Update: October 14

Hello all teachers and students in MHE, MHM1 and MHH Circles.

What a great opening! The number of messages exchanged over the past two week has been impressive.  Even more amazing is that, almost every teacher has posted a Teacher Hello Message. If you have not done so, please post a message in your Learning Circle group forum and join in the introduction discussion.

Now it is time to put together your MY HERO Class Surveys.  There are many different ways to send your Class Survey.  The purpose of this task is to share some information about your students, school, and community.  You can send your information in any cross platform presentation that you wish.

Please remember, that this template is a starting point for you to share some cultural information about your students, school, and community.  You are free to add to it and be as creative as you wish.  In the past, some teachers have added additional information, included pictures, created PowerPoints, produced movies, and even recorded podcasts!  The limit is your time and creativity.

You can send your Class Survey as an attachment to any message posted to your Circle.  Attachments that are around 2 MB or less will be automatically distributed with your email notifications.  Larger files will be posted in your Circle Media Center.  You should receive a link message to download the attachment.

A Few Notes:

1.  When Barry sent Circle News 2, he included email addresses for you’re my HERO Learning Circle group that were not correct.  He forgot to include the .org at the end of the address.  The correct email addresses are:

My Hero Elementary School: lc2013s2-mhe1@collaborate.iearn.org 

My Hero Middle School: lc2013s2-mhm1@collaborate.iearn.org 

My Hero High School: lc2013s2-mhh1@collaborate.iearn.org

2. In the new Collaboration Centre, we cannot change the email address where your messages are sent, but you can change your iEARN email address at any time.  In order to do this, go to your Member Dashboard and choose My Account.  The place where you change your email address is near the top.

3. We are hoping to open the student forums as soon as we finish the MY HERO Class Surveys.  This week would be a good time to register all the students you want to participate in the student forums.  You will need to do this through your iEARN account.  To register students go to your Member Dashboard and choose Student Management.  On the left hand side you will see a link that reads Manually Register Students.  You will need to register each student one at a time.

It is very important that students are registered before I open the forums.  The task is more difficult for me after the forums have been opened.  I will be sending around a message with special instructions for the Student Forums when they are ready to be opened.

4.  Please stay in touch with your Circle Members on a regular basis. Send an email periodically, even if it is to only to say, “Hi.”  It is also polite to respond to messages.  Nothing is more discouraging than sharing information with a group and then having absolutely no response.

 Those of you wanting to do a WELCOME PACKAGE EXCHANGE, please start an ADDRESS CHAIN OF THE BEST MAILING ADDRESS FOR YOU AND YOUR CLASS. Please double check to make sure it is the CORRECT.  The Middle School group has started this and already has 4 teachers participating. THE TIME IS NOW TO DO THIS.

We are off to an excellent start!  

Keep the momentum going,

Wendy

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Learning Circles

www.myhero.com

wendy@myheroproject.org

www.myhero.com/start

WEEK TWO – MY HERO LEARNING CIRCLES – UPDATE – October 9, 2013

Hello to all the teachers in MHE, MHM1 and MHH Circles

By now everyone should have sent Teacher HELLO messages and made sure you are in the correct circle!

This week is time to find out some more about each other’s classes and to register for an Educator Account at the MY HERO Project.

For clarification. There are two websites. IEARN and MY HERO. But to make it easy for you, you can go to this url at the MY HERO Project and find everything you need.

 http://myhero.com/teachersroom/community_learningcircles.asp

 At the above URL link you will see:

On the left side of the opening page: * Updates

To the right side of the page you will see clickable buttons for:

*  TIMELINE pdf to print and follow step by step

*  Your IEARN TEACHER FORUM (MHE, MHM1 or MHH)

* Past Learning Circles (to see the finished projects of classes around the world)

* An essay on How to Choose a Hero and

* What Teachers/Students say about this experience.

 

THIS WEEK:

1. Complete the MY HERO CLASS SURVEY (attached) and share your results by posting in your TEACHER FORUM. After this is done, Barry Kramer will open the Student Forums and we will send step by step information of how you add your students. Be as creative as you would like to be sharing this information. Some people do power points or make short videos or podcasts or whatever you like. But filling out the survey and sending in AS IS is also great. The main thing is to do it.

 

2. Sign up for your TEACHER educator account HERE: www.myhero.com/start  You will receive your free MEDIA PAGE and make sure you register AS A TEACHER (please check it out in the image attached)

 

NOTE: When you sign up as a teacher you have two more clickable buttons than your students. ORGANIZER PAGE (for your completed works.. don’t worry about this now) and TEACHER’S ROOM. But otherwise you will have the same as your students.

 

3. If you like at this time you can have your student also sign up for their free MEDIA PAGE at the MY HERO PROJECT by registering AS A STUDENT  here:

www.myhero.com/start

 

 

4. Start creating a WELCOME PACKAGE to email or mail… here is some information on that: Welcome Packs

Students are excited about the prospect of working with students in other locations, but they find it difficult to conceptualize the similarities and differences. An effective way to help students learn more about their partners is to exchange "Welcome Packs." A Welcome Pack is a small set of materials that describe you and your students, school and community. Welcome Packs are sent via postal mail and should be limited to the size of a large envelope.

An alternative to a welcome pack might be an Internet home page with information about the students, school and community. The construction of either of these can be a very productive learning experience.

While welcome packs serve as another way to introduce students, please do not wait until your Welcome Pack arrives to continue your work in planning Learning Circle projects. Teachers and students are often very creative with ideas of what to send. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you help your students create their Welcome Packs.

1) Welcome Packs are fun to create, but they should not be so time-consuming that you and your students fail to participate in the Learning Circle dialog. You will need to have them ready in as soon as possible. Please check the time line for the date for mailing out Welcome Packs.

2) Once a class mails its Welcome Packs, the students are eager to receive the ones from the other classrooms. Welcome Packs are sent out by the end of the second week so that everyone will receive them about the same time.

3) Heavy packages cost more to send, especially overseas. You might want to keep cost in mind as you and your students make your choices.

Welcome Packs should be mailed (or posted online) by the end of Week 2. You can find the postal addresses of Learning Circle partners in the first "Circle News" message sent to your Learning Circle.

 

Please email me with any questions.

Enjoy this cultural exchange.

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Learning Circles

www.myhero.com

wendy@myheroproject.org

 

MY HERO LEARNING CIRCLES - WELCOME - October 2013

Hello to all the new teachers and classes of the current MY HERO LEARNING CIRCLES.

My name is Wendy Jewell and I have been facilitating the My Hero Learning Circles for 8 years. I am a producer, writer and educator at the My Hero Project and have taken part in the project since it began 17 years ago. As a parent and educator, I love the MY HERO  Learning Circles because they bring your class into the world and the world into your classroom. It is also inspiring to learn about so many kids heroes, especially the ones from their own countries that many of us may not have heard of before. It is nice to see some familiar names in this circle, excellent teachers who have done this project before and will be great examples to those of you who are jumping in for the first time.

It is always so exciting to start a new session of My Hero Learning Circles. This time we have 3 groups. 8 classes in elementary (MHE1), 12 classes in middle school, (MHM1) and 7 classes in high school (MHH).  I will be following this HELLO email with a short list of critical tips to make these circles the best experience they can be for everyone.

Please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns or thoughts as we go along this journey together.  I am here to help, along with a great team at the My Hero Project.  CHEERS.

Wendy Jewell Facilitator MY HERO Learning Circles

wendy@myheroproject.org

www.myhero.com/start

http://myhero.com/teachersroom/community_learningcircles.asp

WELCOME BACK TO THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR!

We are happy to say that REGISTRATION is now OPEN for the next sessions of MY HERO LEARNING CIRCLES and our special CALL TO ACTION circle.

REGISTER now for the September 2013 - January 2014 MY HERO LEARNING CIRCLES Sessions. Looking for a way to connect your students with global peers about what inspires them? Want to get your own FREE Online Media Portal with tutorials on how to create your own webpage showcasing your STORY, ART, SHORT FILM or AUDIO about your hero? What makes a hero? Who is your hero and why? Do different countries have different criteria for choosing heroes? Can anyone be a hero?

Sign up by clicking on the link below by September 15th for the upcoming session of MY HERO Learning Circles which run from September 30, 2013 to January 15, 2014.

http://collaborate.iearn.org/news/entry/register-now-for-the-sept-2013-jan-2014-iearn-learning-circles-session

And email me directly if you have any questions. Looking forward to seeing returning and new teachers in the MY HERO LEARNING CIRCLES this session!

Cheers and SEE YOU SOON!

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

MY HERO Learning Circles

wendy@myheroproject.org

PS scroll down this page to learn more about the MY HERO Learning Circles and see some RESULTS of students and teachers from around the world!

Learning Circles Weekly Update SUmmer 2013


Hi everyone, Wendy Jewell, moderator of the Learning Circles iEARN/MY HERO Project here. Our next Learning Circle will be starting in September 2013! The MY HERO Project, in partnership with iEARN's Learning Circles, brings together students and teachers from diverse parts of the world to collaborate on the topic of heroism through writing, digital art and/or short films.

There are two sessions per school year, each lasting 4 months. These interactive sessions allow kids to discover not only who or what inspires them, but also who or what is a hero to someone halfway around the world. Over the 16-week session, circles, made up of between 6-9 classes from around the world, exchange class surveys, welcome packets and ideas about heroism over the Internet and through the mail. There are weekly missives from the MY HERO Learning Circle facilitator to keep everyone on track and working towards completion of their own hero stories, art, audio or short films. When finished, everyone has a chance to share each other's work and share their thoughts about each other's heroes.

A common reaction from teachers taking part in this project is, "everyone learned so much about each other's heroes, cultures, beliefs, food, music, lifestyles and countries."

To sign up for a My Hero Learning Circle, Registration link can be found on the Learning Circles webpage www.iearn.org/circles. Request MY HERO LEARNING CIRCLE as your first choice or CALL TO ACTION My Hero Learning Circle or write to Barry Kramer at bskramer48@hotmail.com and Wendy Jewell at wendy@myheroproject.org before September 22!

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Congratulations to all the teachers and students who completed the January to May 2013 sessions of the MY HERO LEARNING CIRCLES. Here are your completed works!!! Hope to see you all again. Cheers from your facilitator, Wendy Jewell and the whole MY HERO TEAM.

 Final Project Page on IEARN website

http://www.iearn.org/circles/2013session1/index.htm

 

MHE Elementary

http://www.myhero.com/go/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1702

 

Guillermo Ojeda Lajud, Mexico

Crafts English Workshops

http://www.myhero.com/go/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1673

 

Susan Maeda, Iolani School, Hawaii

http://www.myhero.com/go/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1674

3rd grade

 

Hunter Education Heroes, Kara Matheson Teacher

Homeschoolers

Australia

http://www.myhero.com/go/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1709

 

 

Middle School MHM http://www.myhero.com/go/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1703

 

http://www.myhero.com/go/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1672

R. A. Naumov Secondary School No. 13, Town Bui, Kostroma Region, Russia

Galina Smirnova – Teacher

Grades 5 – 8

 

http://www.myhero.com/go/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1669

Deb Baker – Teacher

Saint Louis Heroes,

Wydown Middle School, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA

Grade 8

 

http://www.myhero.com/go/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1676

Loredana Popa

Grade 6 A,

School nr. 17,

Botosani, Romania

 

http://www.myhero.com/go/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1673

Guillermo Ojeda Lajud, Mexico

Crafts English Workshops

 

Middle School 2 MHM2 http://www.myhero.com/go/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1722

http://www.myhero.com/go/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1654

Laura Nietzer

Saddle River Day School

Grade 6

New Jersey, USA

 

http://myhero.com/go/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1652

Lyceum of IT,

Knepropetrovsk, Ukraine

Grade 9 A

Mrs. Gilyova

 

http://www.myhero.com/go/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1695

Sultana School

Ontario, California, USA

Madeline Gillum – Teacher

 

MHM High School

http://www.myhero.com/go/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1704

 

Fatemeh Nikui Nezhad

Farzanegan High School

Kashan, Iran

http://www.myhero.com/go/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1636

Classes 101, 102, 103 and 1st Graders

 

Nelly Platon

Grade 11 A and B

Alexandru Papiu Ilarian High School

Dej, Romania

http://www.myhero.com/go/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1555

 

Ikram Eseghir

Mohamed V High School

Kenitra, Morocco

http://www.myhero.com/go/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1680

 

Guillermo Ojeda Lajud

Crafts English Workshops

Xalapa, Vercruz, Mexico

http://www.myhero.com/go/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1673

 

Mohamed Bakkas

Ibn Soulaiman Roudani High School

Taroudant, Souss Massa Draa

Morocco

http://www.myhero.com/go/organizer/view3.asp?pageid=1731

 

MY HERO Learning Circles Update: June 2

A Last Word To All MY HERO Learning Circle Participants;

It is always sad to close a session of MY HERO Learning Circles, but bringing the project to a close is an important part of the process. At the same time, I am excited about the tremendous number of submitted final projects/ORGANIZERS.

Even though MY HERO Learning Circles is closing, I will still continue to accept Finished ORGANIZER pages to be posted to the Final Projects page on the IEARN website.  There is no deadline for submitting a project.  You may send it any time it is finished.  Barry will be happy to feature your project on the Finished Project Page.

Remember, I am here to help you and your students complete the MY HERO PROJECT and we can share with your circle partners by individual email if the forums have closed.

Please take the time to look over and share the finished projects from other schools with your students.  Many excellent projects have been created during this session of MY HERO Learning Circles.

This is the timeline for Learning Circles looking forward.

June 7, 2013

All Circles will be closing.

Facilitators will continue to monitor the forums for the next week.

June 15, 2013

Access to the forums will end.

July 1- 6, 2013

IEARN International Conference in Doha, Qatar

August 1, 2013

Registration begins for the September 2013 to January 2014 session of Learning Circles

September 15, 2013 - Registration ends for the next session of Learning Circles.

September 30, 2013 - The new session of Learning Circles will begin with new groupings.

A few items to remember:

1.  Final Publications will be as MY HERO ORGANIZER pages.The great thing about digital formats and downloadable pages is that we can make the information easily accessible to everyone.

2.  If you have finished a project and would like it featured on the Finished Project Page we would appreciate it very much if you would send us a copy of your ORGANIZER link. Also, please send:

Your full name:

Name of your group (MHE, MHM1, MHM2 or MHH)

Class that worked on the project:

Name of your school:

City, state, and country your school is located:

Title of your project:

ORGANIZERS URL addresses can be sent to bkramer@ftschool.org or bskramer48@hotmail.com wendy@myheroproject.org

3. The Web address for the Finished Project page for the January to May 2013 session of Learning Circles is

http://www.iearn.org/circles/2013session1/index.htm

After you send us your work, Barry will post it and then send you a message so that you can check your information, document, and links.

4.  Please remember to send a Goodbye Message to your MY HERO Learning Circles group after you have completed your ORGANIZER and have sent it to us.

5. The next session of MY HERO Learning Circles will begin on September 30, 2011. Look for registration information on the iEARN NewsFlash and athttp://www.iearn.org/circles/

6.  If you would like an iEARN Learning Circles teacher participant certificate please let Barry  know.  In order to qualify you would need to have: (1) been an active teacher/leader, (2) submitted your ORGANIZER page for the MY HERO PROJECT (3) Said goodbye to your circle. Certificates can only be sent as pdf files.  I will also need the following information:

Your full name:

Name of your group (MHE, MHM1, MHM2, MHH

Name of your school:

City, state/region, and country:

Name of your project:

If you have any questions or need more information about any of this please contact me at bkramer@ftschool.org or bskramer48@hotmail.com.

It is time to finish and say goodbye,

Wendy and Barry

 

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator MY HERO LEARNING CIRCLES

www.myhero.com

wendy@myheroproject.org

wendyjewell@gmail.com

Barry S. Kramer, Ph.D.

iEARN Global Learning Circles Coordinator

http://www.iearn.org/circles

bskramer48@hotmail.com

bkramer@ftschool.org

 

May 28, 2013

TIME TO COMPLETE THE MY HERO LEARNING CIRCLES

 

We are quickly coming to the finish of the current MY HERO LEARNING CIRCLES. Teachers are working to COMPLETE their ORGANIZER pages with all their student’s stories or art or short films about their HEROES. Remember each teacher and student must register at www.myhero.com/start as a TEACHER OR a Student to access their MEDIA PAGE.

 

Once the students have uploaded and submitted their ORIGINAL Stories, Art, Audio or Short Films, teachers will be able to gather them onto their ORGANIZER page. Teachers will add a few pictures or their students, school, community and/or country, as well as a paragraph telling about their experience participating in this global online experience. They can also add their School’s website as a link.

 

This is a step by step pdf of instructions for the ORGANIZER page.

http://myhero.com/teachersroom/pdf/MYHERO%20Organizer%20Tutorial%20Flyer.pdf

 

Please email me if you need ANY help to complete. There is still time to do so.

 

Also, if your students have not participated in their STUDENT FORUM, please have them do so now. They can answer at least one posting and check around some of the discussion threads. Please have them do this at least ONCE… it is exciting to talk to one’s peers around the world. These are the STUDENT FORUMS for your groups:

Student Forum Elementary MHE

http://collaborate.iearn.org/space-11/group-236

 

STUDENT FORUM MHM1

http://collaborate.iearn.org/space-11/group-245

 

Student Forum MHM2

http://collaborate.iearn.org/space-11/group-243

 

 Student Forum MHH

http://collaborate.iearn.org/space-11/group-239

This is the current timeline for finishing this session of Learning Circles.

May 7 to 30, 2013

Completing the MY HERO PROJECT and sharing TEACHER ORGANIZER pages

with your circle partners for comments.

Closing the Circle (goodbye messages)

May 31, 2013

All current Circles will be closing.

June 10, 2013

All access to the forums will end

September 30, 2013 - The new session of Learning Circles will begin with new groupings.

A few items to remember:

1. Final projects will be shared using the link to your ORGANIZER page. The great thing about digital formats and downloadable pages is that we can make the information easily accessible to everyone.

2.  If you would like your ORGANIZER to be shared on the Finished Project Page I would appreciate it very much if you would send Barry a copy of your ORGANIZER URL address. Also, please send:

Your full name:

Name of your group (MHE, MHM1, MHM2, MHH)

Name of your school:

Class that worked on the project:

City, state/region, and country:

Projects and URL addresses can be sent to bskramer@ftschool.org or bskramer48@hotmail.com wendy@myheroproject.org

3.  The Web address for the Finished Project page for the January to May 2013 session is now active:

http://www.iearn.org/circles/2013session1/index.htm

After you send me work, Barry will post it and then send you a message so that you can check your information, document, and links.

4.  Please remember to send a Goodbye Message to your Learning Circles group after you have completed your final project/ORGANIZER and have sent it to me and to Barry.

5.  If you would like an iEARN/MY HERO Learning Circles teacher participant certificate please let me know. In order to qualify you would need to have: (1) been an active teacher/leader, (2 gathered your student work and (3) submitted the final project/organizer page of your students. Certificates can only be sent as pdf files. I will also need the following information:

Your full name:

Name of your group (MHE, MHM1, MHM2, MHH

Name of your school:

City, state/region, and country:

Name of your project: My Hero Learning Circles

It is time to complete THE MY HERO PROJECT. Please email me with any questions. I am here to help.

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

My Hero Learning Circles

wendy@myheroproject.org

 

 

May 14, 2013 TIME TO COMPLETE THE MY HERO LEARNING CIRCLES

 

We are quickly coming to the finish of the current MY HERO LEARNING CIRCLES. Teachers are working to COMPLETE their ORGANIZER pages with all their student’s stories or art or short films about their HEROES. Remember each teacher and student must register at www.myhero.com/start as a TEACHER OR a Student to access their MEDIA PAGE.

 

Once the students have uploaded and submitted their ORIGINAL Stories, Art, Audio or Short Films, teachers will be able to gather them onto their ORGANIZER page. Teachers will add a few pictures or their students, school, community and/or country, as well as a paragraph telling about their experience participating in this global online experience. They can also add their School’s website as a link.

 

This is a step by step pdf of instructions for the ORGANIZER page.

http://myhero.com/teachersroom/pdf/MYHERO%20Organizer%20Tutorial%20Flyer.pdf

 

Please email me if you need ANY help to complete. There is still time to do so.

 

Also, if your students have not participated in their STUDENT FORUM, please have them do so now. They can answer at least one posting and check around some of the discussion threads. Please have them do this at least ONCE… it is exciting to talk to one’s peers around the world. These are the STUDENT FORUMS for your groups:

Student Forum Elementary MHE

http://collaborate.iearn.org/space-11/group-236

 

STUDENT FORUM MHM1

http://collaborate.iearn.org/space-11/group-245

 

Student Forum MHM2

http://collaborate.iearn.org/space-11/group-243

 

 Student Forum MHH

http://collaborate.iearn.org/space-11/group-239

This is the current timeline for finishing this session of Learning Circles.

May 7 to 30, 2013

Completing the MY HERO PROJECT and sharing TEACHER ORGANIZER pages

with your circle partners for comments.

Closing the Circle (goodbye messages)

May 31, 2013

All current Circles will be closing.

June 10, 2013

All access to the forums will end

September 30, 2013 - The new session of Learning Circles will begin with new groupings.

A few items to remember:

1. Final projects will be shared using the link to your ORGANIZER page. The great thing about digital formats and downloadable pages is that we can make the information easily accessible to everyone.

2.  If you would like your ORGANIZER to be shared on the Finished Project Page I would appreciate it very much if you would send Barry a copy of your ORGANIZER URL address. Also, please send:

Your full name:

Name of your group (MHE, MHM1, MHM2, MHH)

Name of your school:

Class that worked on the project:

City, state/region, and country:

Projects and URL addresses can be sent to bskramer@ftschool.org or bskramer48@hotmail.com wendy@myheroproject.org

3.  The Web address for the Finished Project page for the January to May 2013 session is now active:

http://www.iearn.org/circles/2013session1/index.htm

After you send me work, Barry will post it and then send you a message so that you can check your information, document, and links.

4.  Please remember to send a Goodbye Message to your Learning Circles group after you have completed your final project/ORGANIZER and have sent it to me and to Barry.

5.  If you would like an iEARN/MY HERO Learning Circles teacher participant certificate please let me know. In order to qualify you would need to have: (1) been an active teacher/leader, (2 gathered your student work and (3) submitted the final project/organizer page of your students. Certificates can only be sent as pdf files. I will also need the following information:

Your full name:

Name of your group (MHE, MHM1, MHM2, MHH

Name of your school:

City, state/region, and country:

Name of your project: My Hero Learning Circles

It is time to complete THE MY HERO PROJECT. Please email me with any questions. I am here to help.

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

My Hero Learning Circles

wendy@myheroproject.org

 

 

May 7 UPDATE: COMPLETING THE MY HERO PROJECT

TO: all My Hero Learning Circle Participants

MHE, MHM1, MHM2, MHH

Hello Everyone

Time is flying by and we are now in the final stretch of the MY HERO LEARNING CIRCLES.

Time for your students to complete the MY HERO PROJECT and then for teachers to gather their students stories, art, audio and or short films onto their ORGANIZER pages.

A lot of teachers have registered and started their ORGANIZER pages but some have not. I have sent emails to each of you to see where you are within this process of completion.

REMEMBER, each student and teacher registers, as either a student or teacher here:

http://myhero.com/start/

They will then have access to their MEDIA pages.

Students look like this:

Teachers look like this:

I want to give a shout out to an amazing participant in the MY HERO HIGH SCHOOL circle: Fatemeh Nikui Nezhad, has 80 students participating in her school from Kashan, Iran and is almost finished her Organizer page. WHAT AN INSPIRATION! Thanks for all your hard work. We look forward to learning about all of their heroes.

And remember I am here to help, so please email me or post in the IEARN Collaborate space... which you can do by clicking on your forum to the right of this page.

This session of My Hero Learning Circles is winding down and teachers are beginning to COMPLETE their ORGANIZER pages with all their students stories or art or short films about their HEROES.

Please email me if you need ANY help to complete. There is still time to do so.

There were some technical problems accessing the IEARN forums last week which are now fixed.

This is the current timeline for finishing this session of Learning Circles.

May 7 to 30, 2013

Completing the MY HERO PROJECT and sharing TEACHER ORGANIZER pages

With your circle partners for comments.

Closing the Circle (goodbye messages)

May 31, 2013

All current Circles will be closing.

June 10, 2013

All access to the forums will end

September 30, 2013 - The new session of Learning Circles will begin with new groupings.

A few items to remember:

1. Final projects will be shared using the link to your ORGANIZER page. The great thing about digital formats and downloadable pages is that we can make the information easily accessible to everyone.

2.  If you would like your ORGANIZER to be shared on the Finished Project Page I would appreciate it very much if you would send Barry a copy of your ORGANIZER URL address. Also, please send:

Your full name:

Name of your group (MHE, MHM1, MHM2, MHH)

Name of your school:

Class that worked on the project:

City, state/region, and country:

Projects and URL addresses can be sent to bskramer@ftschool.org or bskramer48@hotmail.com wendy@myheroproject.org

3.  The Web address for the Finished Project page for the January to May 2013 session will be:

http://www.iearn.org/circles/2013session1/index.htm

The page should be up within a few days.  After you send me work, Barry will post it and then send you a message so that you can check your information, document, and links.

4.  Please remember to send a Goodbye Message to your Learning Circles group after you have completed your final project/ORGANIZER and have sent it to me and to Barry.

5.  If you would like an iEARN/MY HERO Learning Circles teacher participant certificate please let me know. In order to qualify you would need to have: (1) been an active teacher/leader, (2 gathered your student work and (3) submitted the final project/organizer page of your students. Certificates can only be sent as pdf files. I will also need the following information:

Your full name:

Name of your group (MHE, MHM1, MHM2, MHH

Name of your school:

City, state/region, and country:

Name of your project: My Hero Learning Circles

It is time to complete THE MY HERO PROJECT. Please email me with any questions. I am here to help.

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

My Hero Learning Circles

wendy@myheroproject.org

 

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

My Hero Learning Circles

UPDATE: April 28 To All My Hero Learning Circles

MHE, MHM1, MHM2 and MHH

It is time to complete the MY HERO PROJECT and share your ORGANIZER pages with your circle partners.

Please update your partners with where you are in this process and when you will be finished.

As part of your initial commitment to this project you agreed to finish this global interaction by sharing your HERO stories with each others classes and the world. Your partners are counting on you.

Final projects for My Hero Learning Circles must be in the form of teacher ORGANIZER pages that contain your students works about their heroes that have been uploaded to their media page that was created when they registered here:  http://myhero.com/go/start/

Please email me with ANY questions, it is never too late to complete. The My Hero team is here to help.

wendy@myheroproject.org

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

My Hero Learning Circles

www.myhero.com

Hello All My Hero Learning Circle Participants UPDATE April 16

 

TIME TO complete the MY HERO PROJECT and share your heroes with your circle partners and the world on the My Hero website.

 

Here are the next steps for the MY HERO LEARNING CIRCLES. I have also included important URL’s, that will help you and give step by step information.

 

Important URLS (web addresses) for My Hero Learning Circles 2013

 

My Hero Learning Circles

http://myhero.com/go/teachersroom/community_learningcircles.asp

It has updates, clickable links to TIMELINE/Checklist pdf to print, ALL Teachers Forums, Past Learning Circles Organizer pages (which are the final project page examples by grade levels) How to Choose a Hero essay and more.

 

To complete the MY HERO PROJECT portion of the MY HERO LEARNING CIRCLE each student must share the story of their HERO in one of four ways that are found on the MY HERO website. (Stories, Art, Films or Audio) THERE ARE TUTORIALS FOR EACH SECTION and staff at the MY HERO PROJECT are also available to help, as am I.

 

Most students share their hero by creating a journalistic style piece, with images and links that they will then upload into STORIES.

 

A lot of either younger students or students who are artistic share their heroes story creating ART.

 

Some younger students do audio or students who want to share their HERO in a podcast or are inspired to create music dedicated to their hero.

 

There are usually a few students or classes that will tackle creating a short film about their hero or heroes. And they go into FILMS where there are resources to help you create a short film… step by step tutorials created by Los Angeles Film Professors, professionals and graduate students.

 

Teachers and Students Register as a teacher OR a student here:

http://myhero.com/go/start/

 

Teachers start page looks like this: (teachers have access to the Teacher’s Room and to the teachers ORGANIZER pages, students DO NOT)

 

Students start page looks like this:

 

 

 

Below please find EVERY Student and Teacher FORUM url for the current My Hero Learning Circles:

 

Regarding Student Forums, we had sent out this Student Forum information from Barry Kramer at IEARN, mid February:

 

3. I am hoping to open the student forums as soon as we finish the Class Surveys.  This week would be a good time to register all the students you want to participate in the student forums.  You will need to do this through your iEARN account.  To register students go to your Member Dashboard and choose Student Management.  On the left hand side you will see a link that reads Manually Register Students.  You will need to register each student one at a time.

It is very important that students are registered before I open the forums.  The task is more difficult for me after the forums have been opened.  I will be sending around a message with special instructions for the Student Forums when they are ready to be opened.

 

 

Student Forum Elementary MHE

http://collaborate.iearn.org/space-11/group-236

 

TEACHER forum elementary MHE

http://collaborate.iearn.org/space-11/group-222

 

STUDENT FORUM MHM1

http://collaborate.iearn.org/space-11/group-245

 

Teacher Forum MHM1

http://collaborate.iearn.org/space-11/group-223

 

Student Forum MHM2

http://collaborate.iearn.org/space-11/group-243

 

Teacher Forum MHM2

http://collaborate.iearn.org/space-11/group-234

 

Student Forum MHH

http://collaborate.iearn.org/space-11/group-239

 

Teacher Forum MHH

http://collaborate.iearn.org/space-11/group-224

 

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

My Hero Learning Circles

wendy@myheroproject.org

MY HERO LEARNING CIRCLES UPDATE: April 8, 2013

Hello to all the Participants from MHE, MHM1, MHM2 and MHH

I hope everyone had a good spring/school break and is ready to have your students participate or KEEP participating in their STUDENT FORUMS. Please make sure your students post but also answer other students posts. Keep them short and also this is a time to talk about heroes and different ways of choosing heroes, depending on the country you are from.

The exchanges on student forums, choosing your heroes and sharing them on the MY HERO Project website will continue at least through April 28th.  Some groups may decide to extend that due date.  Then it will be time for TEACHERS to gather all their student’s works into their ORGANIZER page. (Remember you find that by going here: http://myhero.com/start/ logging in and clicking on ORGANIZER.

Then each class will share their Organizer pages and everyone will have a chance to learn about their partner classes heroes and comment on their work.

Please remember that the commitment is for every class to complete the MY HERO Project by sharing the story of their hero in one of four ways:  Stories, Art, Audio or a Short Film. When Students register AS STUDENTS here:http://myhero.com/start/ 

They will see their media center.

Please make sure you check in with your circle partners in the Teachers Forum to let us know what you are doing and where you are at with the My Hero Project and if you need any help.

Have a great day!

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

My Hero Learning Circles

wendy@myheroproject.org

My Hero Learning Circles Update: March 24

Happy Spring to all Participants in MHE, MHM1, MHM2 and MHH!

For most groups, it has been a slow week as many classes are out on breaks. That being said, please Send a short message to say hi, update everyone on your progress, or talk about what is going on in your school and community.  It is important to continue communicating with your partners.

The exchanges on student forums, choosing your heroes and sharing them on the MY HERO Project website will continue at least through April 21st.  Some groups may decide to extend that due date.  Then it will be time for TEACHERS to gather all their student’s works into their ORGANIZER page. (Remember you find that by going here: http://myhero.com/start/ logging in and clicking on ORGANIZER.

Then each class will share their Organizer pages and everyone will have a chance to learn about their partner classes heroes and comment on their work.

Please remember that the commitment is for every class to complete the MY HERO Project by sharing the story of their hero in one of four ways:  Stories, Art, Audio or a Short Film.

 

Two last items:

If you would like your students to participate in the My Hero Learning Circle Student Forums please complete the following steps.  First, register your students in the Member Dashboard of the iEARN Collaboration Centre, next send Barry an email along with the following information to: learningcircles@gmail.com

Your Full Name:

Your Email Address:

Your Learning Circle Name: MHE, MHM1, MHM2 OR MHH

Age Level of Your Students (High, Middle, or Elementary):

Shortly after Barry receives your email, he will add you and your students to the forum.  He will notify you when this has occurred.  After this the forums are open to both you and your students.

Information is available about the 2013 iEARN International Conference and Youth Conference (http://www.iearn2013.org/).  This year the conference will be held in Doha, Qatar, during the first week of July.  This conference is an incredible opportunity to share and interact with the international community of educators.  This is an excellent time to begin to make your plans to attend the conference.  The iEARN Conference is always an incredible experience that will change your life and the way you approach education.

Over the next two weeks, many schools will be celebrating holidays and spring breaks.  Nonetheless, please check in and give a progress update. For those of you in school… If they have not already done so, have your students register, as a student, here:

http://myhero.com/start/

Then it is time to CHOOSE THEIR HERO!

Keep up the great work and stay in touch,

Wendy and Barry

 

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

My Hero Learning Circles

wendy@myheroproject.org  

Barry S. Kramer, Ph.D.

iEARN Global Learning Circles Coordinator

http://www.iearn.org/circles

bskramer48@hotmail.com

learningcircles@gmail.com

 

My Hero Learning Circles Update: March 16

Greetings To All MY HERO Learning Circle Participants;

Time for STUDENT FORUMS and to CHOOSE A HERO.

Hopefully everyone is receiving messages and is able to view messages in the iEARN Collaboration Centre.  If you are having difficulty, please contact Barry Kramer. learningcircles@gmail.com

The Learning Circle Student Forums are a success!

If you would like your students to participate in the Learning Circle Student Forums please complete the following steps.  First, register your students in the Member Dashboard of the iEARN Collaboration Centre, next, send Barry an email along with the following information to: learningcircles@gmail.com

Your Full Name:

Your Email Address:

Your Learning Circle Name: My Hero (MHE, MHM1, MHM2 OR MHH)

Age Level of Your Students (High, Middle, or Elementary):

Shortly after he receives your email, he will add you and your students to the forum.  Barry will notify you when this has occurred.  After this the forums are open to both you and your students.

Most of you are registered and have educator accounts at the MY HERO PROJECT, if you have not done so, please go to the following  url and REGISTER AS A TEACHER:

http://myhero.com/go/start/

 

Each student participating should go to the same url and register AS A STUDENT:

http://myhero.com/start/

 

Now it is time for everyone to think about choosing a hero to share on the My Hero Project website. Once registered, each student and teacher can look at examples of heroes in STORIES, ART, AUDIO and SHORT FILMS and choose how to share YOUR HERO online. There are tutorials for each section and I am here to help, every step of the way.

This phase of Learning Circles should NOT be a time of inactivity and quietness.  Please continue to communicate with each other and send updates as your students discuss about heroes on the Student Forums and then choose their hero to share.

 

Some teachers like to now have a skype session with one of more classes. Time zones play a role in who can do this, but if you are interested, post several times and days in the forum and see if you can make this happen. It is a great exchange for everyone.

Please remember that the commitment is for every student to participate in the MY HERO PROJECT by sharing their hero story through Journalism (STORIES), Art, Audio or a Short Film.

 

Each Teacher will gather their student’s works into their ORGANIZER PAGE, after they are completed and uploaded to www.myhero.com. There are many examples to click through to the right of this digital page. Check them out - Past Learning Circles.

 Lastly, information is available about the 2013 iEARN International Conference and Youth Conference (http://www.iearn2013.org/).  This year the conference will be held in Doha, Qatar, during the first week of July.  This conference is an incredible opportunity to share and interact with the international community of educators.  I hope to be at the conference representing My Hero and the Learning Circles.  This is an excellent time to begin to make your plans to attend the conference.  The iEARN Conference is always an incredible experience that will change your life and the way you approach education.

Keep up the great work,

Wendy and Barry

 

Wendy Jewell

My Hero Learning Circles Facilitator

www.myhero.com

wendy@myheroproject.org

 

Barry S. Kramer, Ph.D.

iEARN Global Learning Circles Coordinator

http://www.iearn.org/circles

bskramer48@hotmail.com

learningcircles@gmail.com

NEXT STEPS March 8, 2013

Hello Everyone

The participation in all four My Hero Learning Circles is running at a very high level. Let’s make sure we keep it going!

By now all teachers have said hello, sent Barry their student names so they can interact on the student forums, completed class surveys and shared other class surveys with your students, created and mailed welcome packages, if you choose to and are able to do so.

NEXT STEPS

The Student Forums are now open in every circle. Only those in the MHM2 student forum have begun to exchange thoughts about heroes. Please make sure that your students make use of this global exchange now as they think about who they will choose share as their hero.  

If you have not already done so it is time for each TEACHER to register at the My Hero Project website here: http://myhero.com/start/educator.asp

Please remember to check Learning Circle and write down your username and password. This is what you will see.

Each student needs to register AS A STUDENT here: http://myhero.com/start/

Please remember to have them check learning circle and write down their username and password. This is what they will see:

You will notice that as a teacher you have two more clickable buttons, Teacher’s Room and Organizer. It is VERY IMPORTANT that Students register as STUDENTS. And Teacher’s register as teachers!

Everyone should be exploring the My Hero Project website in class or on their own. www.myhero.com

Click around the different categories to be inspired and get ideas of the kinds of heroes that are on our planet. Then you can figure out how to share the story of YOUR HERO.

In Stories, Art, Films or Audio. Remember, each category has tutorials to walk you through how to upload onto the website when you are completely done. And I am here to help, every step of the way.

To the right of this page you can click on Past Learning Circles to see final projects of classes from Elementary, Middle and High School circles. Click on any Organizer to see what others have done before you.

Also you can click on How to Choose a Hero.

And please click on TIMELINE, also to the right of this page, and print it or save it to refer to it as we go along.

IT IS ALSO GOOD FOR EVERYONE TO CHECK IN at least once a week with their circle and let us know how you are doing.

It is sunny and snowy where I am in Canada. I wish all of you a great weekend.

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

My Hero Learning Circles

UPDATE February 18, 2013

My Hero Learning Circles - January - May 2013 (MHE, MHM1, MHM2, MHH)

Hello Everyone

We are off to a great start! Almost every single teacher has sent a hello message and many of you have already completed and shared your Class Surveys. If you have not done so, please post a message in your My Hero Learning Circle group forum at collaborate.iearn.org and join in the introduction discussion.

Now it is time to put together your Class Surveys.  There are many different ways to send your Class Survey.  The purpose of this task is to share some information about your students, school, and community.  You can send your information in any cross platform presentation that you wish.

Please remember, that the MY HERO CLASS SURVEY template is a starting point for you to share some cultural information about your students, school, and community.  You are free to add to it and be as creative as you wish.  In the past, some teachers have added additional information, included pictures, created PowerPoints, produced movies, and even recorded podcasts!  The limit is your time and creativity.

At this time our goal is to continue to exchange cultural information, learn about other, and share our daily lives.

Class Surveys and attachments of any type can be found in your Learning Circle group in the iEARN Collaboration Centre.  You can quickly find them in the Recent Media section.  At this time surveys and any other form of media are not distributed through Email Notifications.  You will need to go to your Learning Circle group in the iEARN Collaboration Centre to view and download the files.

A Few Notes:

1. It is taking us some time to learn how to fully use the new iEARNCollaboration Centre.  It is not the same as the old forum system, but it is working, and we are adjusting as we progress.  Please be patient, and if you have any problems, please send Barry a message at:bskramer48@hotmail.com.

2.  In the new Collaboration Centre, Barry cannot change the email address where your messages are sent, but you can change you iEARN email address at any time.  In order to do this, go to your Member Dashboard and choose My Account.  The place where you change your email address is near the top.

3. We are hoping to open the student forums as soon as we finish the Class Surveys.  This week would be a good time to register all the students you want to participate in the student forums.  You will need to do this through your iEARN account.  To register students go to your Member Dashboard and choose Student Management.  On the left hand side you will see a link that reads Manually Register Students.  You will need to register each student one at a time.

It is very important that students are registered before I open the forums.  The task is more difficult for me after the forums have been opened.  I will be sending around a message with special instructions for the Student Forums when they are ready to be opened.

4.  Please stay in touch with your Circle Members on a regular basis. Send an email periodically, even if it is to only to say, “Hi.”  It is also polite to respond to messages.  Nothing is more discouraging than sharing information with a group and then having absolutely no response.

 Thank you for your patience.

We are off to an excellent start!  

Keep the momentum going!

Cheers

Wendy and Barry

My Hero Learning Circles - January - May 2013 (MHE, MHM1, MHM2, MHH)

Hello Everyone and welcome to the My Hero Learning Circles and to the My Hero Project!

It is very exciting to be working with 4 circles and 26 classes from around the world. Thank you Barry Kramer for arranging all the circles.

MHE (USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Bangladesh and Kenya)

MHM1 (Kenya, Romania, USA, Russia, Mexico and Romania)

MHM2 (USA, Ukraine, Georgia, Morocco and Romania)

MHH (Romania, Mexico, Slovenia, Morocco, Moldova and Pakistan)

A lot of teachers like to put a map on the classroom wall and pinpoint the cities and countries of their Circle Partners.

There are two websites, IEARN.org, is our partner and is where we post in teacher and student forums, saying hello, sharing cultural and country and community information, day to day stuff and discussions about heroes. Who is a hero? What qualities does a hero possess? Can anyone be a hero? Are celebrities necessarily heroes? Categories of heroes, like artists, angels, earthkeepers, teachers, science, business, etc.

The My Hero website is where we will explore heroes through stories, art, audio and short films. Teachers can browse the teacher’s room for ideas or themes or lesson plans.

http://myhero.com/teachersroom/

Teachers and students will each register at

www.myhero.com/start

This will give each of you access to their own media arts center where they can share their hero using STORY, ART, AUDIO or SHORT FILM. Each section has it’s own tutorial

Please click on the Timeline/Checklist PDF button located on the right hand side of this page. It gives you an idea of the flow of the circles and will help you keep up with the weekly tasks. It is a good idea to print it out and post it. Always feel free to email me with any questions or thoughts. We are all in this together and the greater the participation the greater the experience!

You can also see the clickable buttons located on the right hand side of this page, that contain the teacher forums for your circle. A Past Learning Circles button that you can click on and take a look at completed projects of previous circles, as well as a basic How to Choose a Hero essay and a What Teachers/Students say about their experiences doing the My Hero Learning Circle.

I will be updating this space frequently and also responding individually to teachers and students in the IEARN space and via email.

Have a great week everyone!

Looking forward to an awesome session of MY HERO LEARNING CIRCLES!

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

January 17

Hello all teachers and students from MHE/MHM and MHM/MHH.

TIME TO COMPLETE.... please email me if you need any help.

wendy@myheroproject.org

Some of you have completed or have almost completed your ORGANIZER pages and they look great. It is awesome that so many students choice heroes from their own countries to share with the world.

Some of you have also received your certificates!!! Nice work.

It’s not too late for me to help you organize your students HEROES and post them onto your ORGANIZER pages. Let me know.

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

My Hero Learning Circles

If you want to do another round of circles and choose heroes in areas of your curriculum and share them in a different way... please

register here: http://collaborate.iearn.org/space-11

Here are three completed Organizer pages... enjoy learning about heroes from Slovenia, Ukraine and Romania!

January 7, 2013 Circles are coming to COMPLETION!

Welcome back to the last few weeks of your My Hero Learning Circle!

It is time to wrap up your My Hero stories, art, audio and/or short films and complete your Organizer pages.

I am here to help with whatever you need.

It is not too late and important for your circle partners that you all complete your Hero works and share them with your circle and the world on the My Hero site.

MY HERO LEARNING CIRCLES ARE A TEAM EFFORT --

YOU ARE A MEMBER OF A TEAM THAT IS DEPENDING ON YOU!!!!!!!

Tasks to Complete:

1) Each student must complete and submit their HERO story, using the templates for STORIES, ART, AUDIO or SHORT FILMS.

2) Each TEACHER must complete their ORGANIZER page, gathering their students works onto it and adding pictures, links and a few paragraphs about their participation in this global experience. Then POST your ORGANIZER url to your partners.

3) Respond to any additional questions or ending activities

4) Say goodbye to your My Hero Learning Circle partners

*****************  R E M E M B E R ***************

YOUR LEARNING CIRCLE WILL FORMALLY CLOSE ON:  Sunday, January 15, 2013

The Circle links will remain in place for a week after the official closing date for those that have slipped a bit behind schedule.

--------  BEFORE YOU GO  ---------

Remember to send a note this week telling others when (date) to expect your ORGANIZER web page. PLEASE NOTE THAT IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO COMPLETE, even if you go past the deadline, I am here to help and we can then send your completed page to individual emails to share with your partners.

All completed projects are being featured on our Finished Projects Page.

http://www.iearn.org/circles/2012session2/index.htm

When you have finished your ORGANIZER page please send it to the members of your Circle and to Barry Kramer so he can feature it on the Finished Project Page.  Also, please send him the following information (it is very important that you send Barry the identification information listed below): (Please also copy me, wendy@myheroproject.org

*Your full name

*Name of your group (mhe/mhm or mhm/mhh)

*Title of your project My Hero Project

*Name of your school

*Class that worked on the project (optional)

*City, state/region, and country

Projects and URL addresses can be sent to bskramer@ftschool.org or bskramer48@hotmail.com.

Some participants have already sent their work.  It is not necessary to send it again.  I will contact you when your work is posted.

AND now, please join with us to thank the staff at MY HERO and iEARN for their help in making these circles possible for teachers and students around the world.

An extra special heartfelt thank you for all the time, energy and care you share with your colleagues.  You make My Hero Learning Circles possible!!!!

The next session of My Hero Learning Circles will begin in January of 2013. If you are interested, you may register now at: http://collaborate.iearn.org/space-11. Please remember that the deadline is January 15th. Access to the circles will continue until Jan. 22.

Some teachers like to do the My Hero Learning circles twice, as they feel that now they understand the “how to” and it will be easier. You can pick a subject from your curriculum and create a different way of completing the project. For example, science heroes... and if you did stories last time... try AUDIO this time.

My Hero: A Call to Action

My Hero

If you would like an iEARN Learning Circles teacher participant certificate please send me an email.  In order to qualify you would need to have: (1) been an active teacher/leader and submitted the final project/presentation of your students in ORGANIZER form. Certificates can only be sent as pdf files.  I will also need the following information:

Your full name:

Name of your group (MHE/MHM OR MHM/MHH):

Name of your school:

City, state/region, and country:

Name of your project: MY HERO LEARNING CIRCLE

Again... HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator - MY HERO LEARNING CIRCLES

AND

Barry Kramer

IEARN Global Learning Circles Co-ordinator

December 31, 2012

Wishing everyone in the My Hero Learning Circles a Very Happy New Year!

Let’s regroup in the New Year and complete our My Hero Projects.

As always, please email me directly if you have any problems.

Wendy@myheroproject.org

See you next year!

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

My Hero Learning Circles

December 20: UPDATE My Hero Learning Circles

MHE/MHM and MHM/MHH

Happy Holidays to Everyone... many will have a two week break but others are on different schedules. Please let your circles partners know WHERE YOU ARE with completing the MY HERO PROJECT.

Many teachers have their educator accounts and their students are registered and uploading their Stories, Art, Audio and Short Films to www.myhero.com/start

Please REMEMBER WHEN SUBMITTING you must click 2 or 3 times until it is COMPLETELY SUBMITTED otherwise it will end up in Unsubmitted files.

Now, it is time to complete the MY HERO PROJECT. And the ORGANIZER PAGE FOR TEACHERS.

The interaction between participants has been fairly good for the past two weeks.  We wish that more participants were active, but I am very thankful for everyone who has remained dedicated and is working diligently to finish every part of the project. I know that a lot of students tried to communicate in the MHM/MHH student forum and don’t know why more interaction did not happen.

 As part of your initial commitment to this project you agreed to share stories about your heroes using the templates at the My Hero website. www.myhero.com/start This final part of the My Hero Learning Circles is a very important element to experiencing the full process.

Please remember that other schools are counting on you. Too many schools have expressed disappointment at the fact that they have not received responses from schools that promised to respond. Please do not disappoint those who have worked so hard with you in this collaborative endeavor.  Please communicate with your team on when you will be completing your work.

Final projects for the My Hero Learning circles are the ORGANIZER page with all the students heroes uploaded through the My Hero website. This is an example of the ORGANIZER page. Mali Bickley’s class did Science Heroes in stories and also in art… your students only need to choose one… Story, Art, Audio or Short Film.

http://www.myhero.com/go/organizer/view.asp?pageid=1218

The great thing about digital formats and downloadable pages is that we can make the information easily accessible to everyone.

You still have time to finish your participation in the My Hero Learning Circles.  We will be taking a week-long break during the last week of December.  Your Circle will resume again for the first two weeks of January 2013. The publication phase of My Hero Learning Circles will continue through January 5th. The Saying Goodbye phase will take place from January 6th through the 15th. Your Learning Circles forum will remain open until January 15th. SO PLEASE COMPLETE your ORGANIZER pages with all your STUDENT WORKS so you will have time to share your class works with your class partners.

Barry is in the process of creating a Finished Project page that will allow anyone to view finished projects from all the active Circles in the September 2012 to January 2013 session. The Web address for this site will be:

http://www.iearn.org/circles/2012session2/index.htm

The page should be up within a few days.

When you have finished your final Organizer PAGE please post it in your Discussion Forum. If you would like it featured on the Finished Project Page, then send me a copy of your completed project as the Website URL address. (Your Organizer page)

Also, please send the:

Name of your group (mhe/mhm OR mhm/mhh

Name of your school,

Class which worked on the project, and the

City, state, and country your school is located.

Projects and URL addresses can be sent to wendy@myherpoproject.org, wendyjewell@gmail.com bskramer@ftschool.org or bskramer48@hotmail.com.

The next session of Learning Circles will begin in January of 2013. If you are interested, you may register at the Learning Circles Space in the iEARN Collaboration Centre.

http://collaborate.iearn.org/space-5

For the next session we are offering a few special Circles in addition to our traditional themes:

My Hero

My Hero: A Call to Action

Computer Chronicles

Places and Perspectives

Mindworks

Global Issues: The Environment (High School only)

The Bat-Chen Diaries (Elementary and Middle School only)

My City and Me

If you have any questions or need more information about any of this please contact me at bskramer@ftschool.org or bskramer48@hotmail.com.

We are looking forward to seeing your projects,

Wendy and Barry

Wendy Jewell/Facilitator/My Hero Learning Circles/ http://myhero.com/teachersroom/community_learningcircles.asp

Barry S. Kramer, Ph.D.

IEARN Global Learning Circles Coordinator

http://www.iearn.org/circles

bskramer48@hotmail.com

bskramer@ftschool.org

December 12: UPDATE for My Hero Learning Circles

It is time for everyone to be doing the MY HERO PROJECT.

Please see below for detailed, step by step instructions for how your students can share the story of their chosen hero.

Please email me if you have any questions.

wendy@myheroproject.org

Cheers

Wendy Jewell/Facilitator/My Hero Learning Circles

November 26: Update for My Hero Learning Circles

Hello To all the Teachers and Students: MHE/MHM MHM/MHH

TIME FOR EACH STUDENT TO CHOOSE A HERO and participate in the MY HERO PROJECT.

 

NEXT STEPS TO TAKE NOW:

1.     EACH TEACHER must have an EDUCATOR ACCOUNT at My Hero. If you still need to register please go here and do so now: http://www.myhero.com/start/educator.asp

 

2.     EACH STUDENT must register here: http://myhero.com/start/

Click STUDENT. Click Create my Account.

Choose One. I am under 13 years old OR I am 13 years or older

Students only need to fill in the information that is starred. And please make sure to check LEARNING CIRCLE.

MAKE SURE YOU WRITE DOWN YOUR USERNAME AND PASSWORD.

 

3.         Each student or group of students chooses a hero and decides how to share the story of their  hero.

Students can explore the MY HERO website, brainstorm as a class, and research online for who might be their hero.

4.         Teachers help students decide the medium with which they want to share their hero with other Learning Circle classes (and the world!). Teachers can show examples of each and students choose.

 

FOUR WAYS TO SHARE YOUR HERO:

         1.      STORIES - Author Web pages about heroes using paragraphs, images, links.

2.         ART - Submit original drawings, paintings, collages, photos, and digital media works illustrating heroes and heroism. Be sure to include a few lines about why this person is your hero.

3.         AUDIO - Artists and students of all ages are invited to share their spoken word, recited compositions or original music on MY HERO Audio to bring hero stories to life.

4.         SHORT FILM - Learn how to tell hero stories with digital media tools. Submit original short films in the form of documentaries, animated works, flash, narrative, and experimental/musical entries, entries due in June.

 

REMEMBER: SUBMITTED STORIES, ART, SHORT FILMS AND AUDIO MUST BE ORIGINAL AND CREATED BY YOUR STUDENTS.

 

5.     Students continue to post and respond to each others posts in the iEARN Student Forums.

 

This phase of Learning Circles should NOT be a time of inactivity and quietness.  Please continue to communicate with each other.

You should inform your Circle partners and facilitators regarding your schedule.  It is a good idea to post a short message to your Circle every week to let everyone know what you are doing.  Please stay in touch even if it is only to say hi to everyone in your group.

This collaborative phase of Learning Circles is your opportunity to allow your students to creatively engage in project work.  It should be student inspired, student created, and student managed as much as possible.  Above all it should be fun for them.  Projects are opportunities for students to shares ideas, research, resources, opinions, and beliefs.

 

After your students have completed their MY HERO PROJECT, TEACHERS will gather their

works into their ORGANIZER page. Which is also seen on your media page along with the other categories for Stories, Art, Audio, etc. in the image above. Go to ORGANIZER in your media and start creating the template now… a short paragraph about participating in this circle, a photo or photos of your class, school, community, etc…. a school website.. whatever you like.

You can see examples of completed organizer pages to the right side of this page:

http://myhero.com/teachersroom/community_learningcircles.asp

Let’s make good progress through the next 4 weeks. If everyone completes on time then all the ORGANIZER pages can be shared with each other.

If anyone in a similar time zone wants to have a SKYPE session, please let me know and I can lead it, or you can just work together.

Hopefully everyone is receiving messages and is able to view messages in the iEARN Collaboration Centre.  If you are having difficulty, please contact me or Barry Kramer.

Keep up the great work,

Wendy and Barry

wendy@myheroproject.org

bskramer48@hotmail.com, learningcircles@gmail.com

November 16: Check out this Opportunity to have your students BE THE JUDGE for the PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD at the MY HERO FILM FESTIVAL.

Hello to all teachers in the MHE/MHM and MHM/MHH MY HERO LEARNING CIRCLES!

We are quickly approaching the MY HERO FILM FESTIVAL which will be held in Los Angeles, California, USA on December 15.

We have launched the PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD VOTING BALLOT and would very much appreciate, if it is possible, for you to show each of the 6 films to your students and have them vote for the short film of their choice. It is a great opportunity for your students to see some inspiring movies and also be a part of the voting team!

Here is the link with the 6 short films:

http://www.myhero.com/films/publicvote.asp

The second paragraph says:

Voting will be open from November 7th - December 3rd. Click here for a printable PDF ballot for use in the classroom.

And now, here are the finalists....

Click on the Click here link above to take you to the printable PDF ballot for use in the classroom. It is also at this link:

http://myhero.com/natework/peopleChoiceAwardForm3.pdf

Remember the deadline for voting is December 3rd. So please take advantage of this fun and inspiring exercise and enjoy the short films.

Have a great weekend.

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator

My Hero Learning Circles

November 13th. Please join Barry Kramer and Wendy ewell giving a MY HERO LEARNING CIRCLES presentation in the IEARN VIRTUAL CONFERENCE today at 4 pm New York Time. Scroll down to that time in this url and join us.

http://www.globaleducationconference.com/page/globaledcon-schedule-gmt-5

Learning Circles Update/Next Steps November 9

Hello everyone. Please check the previous postings and make sure you have completed each step. It has been a lot of fun getting to know each of you and learning about you, your schools, your communities and countries. Now it is time to learn about your HEROES!

There has been a very good level of communication between teachers on the forums... which is a great part of this global experience. Teachers need to make sure their students are participating in the STUDENT FORUMS... see the info in a previous posting for details if you have not brought your students into the forums yet.

It is time to move into PARTICIPATING in the MY HERO PROJECT.

Who is your hero and why? What are the characteristics of a hero? Who inspires you? Are celebrities heroes? Is someone in my family or school or community a hero? Why? There are lesson plans at www.myhero.com/teachersroom as well as an essay on How to Choose a Hero to the right of this page to click on.

Give your students the My Hero website address and ask them to explore and pick a short film, essay, art piece and audio they like. www.myhero.com

Have a great day and remember you can email me directly with any questions or thoughts.

wendy@myheroproject.org Or post it in the forums at IEARN.

Cheers Wendy Jewell/ Facilitator/My Hero Learning Circles

Learning Circles Update October 30

Hello Everyone

Teachers need to register for an EDUCATOR ACCOUNT at MY HERO.

http://myhero.com/start/educator.asp

Please remember to write down your username and password for future reference!

Students need to register for a My Hero Account. Teachers, please make sure to make a list of your students usernames and passwords!!!

http://myhero.com/start/index.asp

Learning Circles Update October 22

Hello everyone! By now everyone has completed:

1. Signed into the new IEARN Collaborate site and set up your email interaction, as well as becoming familiar with the new site.

2. Sent your HELLO messages and read all other participants hello’s.

3. Completed and shared your My Hero Class Survey that was emailed to you.

4. Shared all Class Surveys with your students.

5. Put a map on the wall showing where all your partner classes are located around the world.

6.Decide what kind of WELCOME PACKAGE to send. In the snail mail or online and then SEND IT.

7.Interact in the Teachers Forums and set your Students up to interact with each other in the STUDENT FORUMS

Instructions for Teachers:

The students gain access to the forums through the accounts of their teachers.

When Barry Kramer enrolls teachers in the forum, the students who are listed in their accounts automatically receive access. So if you have not listed students in your accounts, please do so if you want them to be able to access the student forums.

You should make sure that you go in and also activate Receive Email Notifications for the Student Forums.

8. Share the My Hero Website with your students to look around in class and on their own www.myhero.com

Learning Circles Weekly Update - Week 2 - October 8

Welcome to the start of the MY HERO LEARNING CIRCLES!

Thank you Barry Kramer for setting up the circles. And welcome back to our returning teachers as well as to our new teachers discovering the My Hero Project. We are thrilled to have two very diverse circles this fall. There are 10 teachers and 8 schools in the Elementary/Middle School group, known as MHE/MHM, with schools participating from USA, Canada, Belarus, Romania and Russia. And there are 9 schools in the Middle/High School group, MHM/MHH with schools from Pakistan, Taiwan, Ukraine, Canada, Slovenia, Romania and Russia. Very exciting!

A lot of teachers like to put a map on the classroom wall and pinpoint the cities and countries of their Circle Partners.

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to everyone in Canada! This is a big holiday that celebrates the harvest and reminds everyone to remember their blessings as they get together with family and friends. The leaves are turning a riot of colors, red, orange and yellow and we are making use of the wood stove at night. A gorgeous time of year.

Please click on the Timeline/Checklist PDF button located on the right hand side of this page. It gives you an idea of the flow of the circles and will help you keep up with the weekly tasks. It is a good idea to print it out and post it. Always feel free to email me with any questions or thoughts. We are all in this together and the greater the participation the greater the experience!

You can also see the clickable buttons located on the right hand side of this page, that contain the teacher and student forums for your circle. A Past Learning Circles button that you can click on and take a look at completed projects of previous circles, as well as a basic How to Choose a Hero essay and a What Teachers/Students say about their experiences doing the My Hero Learning Circle.

I will be updating this space frequently and also responding individually to teachers and students in the IEARN space.

Here is the MY HERO CLASS SURVEY template... please complete and SUBMIT.

Have a great week everyone!

Looking forward to an awesome session of MY HERO LEARNING CIRCLES!

Cheers

Wendy Jewell

Facilitator


Hi everyone, Wendy Jewell, moderator of the Learning Circles iEARN/MY HERO Project here. Our next Learning Circle will be starting in September 2012! The MY HERO Project, in partnership with iEARN's Learning Circles, brings together students and teachers from diverse parts of the world to collaborate on the topic of heroism through writing, digital art and/or short films.

There are two sessions per school year, each lasting 4 months. These interactive sessions allow kids to discover not only who or what inspires them, but also who or what is a hero to someone halfway around the world. Over the 16-week session, circles, made up of between 6-9 classes from around the world, exchange class surveys, welcome packets and ideas about heroism over the Internet and through the mail. There are weekly missives from the MY HERO Learning Circle facilitator to keep everyone on track and working towards completion of their own hero stories, art or short films. When finished, everyone has a chance to share each other's work and share their thoughts about each other's heroes.

A common reaction from teachers taking part in this project is, "everyone learned so much about each other's heroes, cultures, beliefs, food, music, lifestyles and countries." Be sure to sign up for our September webinar to learn all about it and register! Feel free to check out our resource.