Updated: May 29, 2020
In our May Newsletter, we feature two amazing educators and their take on distance learning while still incorporating the UN Global Goals! Along with their interviews, you will also find updates to look forward to within Virescent Inspiration and useful resources that are well worth your time to explore!
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What does Virescent mean?
By: Amanda Kramer
There is a long story behind Virescent Inspiration, and is one I look forward to sharing with the world bit-by-bit! So to start, you may be wondering why I called the organization Virescent Inspiration. Virescent means "becoming green" or "greenish". It is the perfect word to represent someone's transition into the world of sustainability. Our name speaks for itself, we want to inspire and support educators and parents to explore the world of sustainability education, and we incorporate the UN Global Goals in the process. I look forward to being your guide
through this journey and to continuing focusing on the tools you need to feel inspired and have fun in the process!
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Enjoy scientific explorations while staying safe indoors!
An Interview with Beth Heidemann
Beth is a recipient of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science. She is also the co-founder of Go2Science where real-life scientific explorations are shared to primary teachers around the world!
Can you give an example of how you have incorporated the SDGs into distance learning?
Our current research mission is happening in the rainforests of Borneo where we are investigating the impact of large trees on biodiversity. One action that students can take is to plant a tree and take part in the global #PlantED project. Each research mission has an overarching higher purpose and lessons that supports the SDGs so classrooms can act in ways that work for their particular situation.
How can Go2Science support teachers during this time of distance learning?
As soon as I learned that the shut down would be impacting the classrooms I work with, I reached out to teachers with additional supports. Go2Science uses technology to connect classrooms to the wider world while maintaining an appropriate balance of screen time to hands-on interaction. In addition to the field mission videos and live stream opportunities available through our website, I knew teachers would need support in engaging parents of young children and simple ways to share our content that required minimal effort of busy parents. So, we are providing safe links for teachers to share so children see only the focused content they need. Additionally, we are providing support sessions coaching teachers about how to adapt lessons for at home, hands-on learning with materials that are
probably already on hand. We’ve also opened up our platform free of charge for new teachers or parents so that more families can access to high quality content during this time of widespread distance learning.
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Artful Expression for Impact!
An Interview with Olusegun Adeniyi
Olusegun is making waves in education with his efforts in Nigeria. He has been recently awarded the 2019 President's Teacher Excellence award, 2019 Inspirational Teacher Award, and more!
Can you give an example of how you have incorporated the SDGs into distance learning? I wanted my students to feel like champions for good health during this pandemic (SDG 3), so I asked them to create a piece of art that illustrates one or more actions that could be taken towards keeping safe and protecting families against the COVID- 19 PANDEMIC. They were to take a picture of their artwork and upload it to a virtual collaborative presentation on Wakelet. Secondly, they were to make a video expressing the
developmental stage of their finished artwork and a brief explanation of their concept on FlipGrid.
Why are the SDGs important to you as an educator? I want my students to explore the holistic and intercultural integration of global citizenship into art education that enables students to solve their community issues. I want my students to participate in and contribute to contemporary global issues at local, national and global levels as informed, engaged, responsible and responsive global citizens. More so, I believe engaging my students in SDGs will develop their core competencies which allow them to actively engage with the world, and help to make it a more just and sustainable place.
What advice do you have for educators who are struggling with the switch to distance learning? One of quality the quality of a good teacher is the ability to learn and relearn. In this 21st century, it is very important for teachers to learn new technology that will enhance teaching and learning. Teachers should not be afraid to also learn new tools in this age of virtual learning.
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What does May look like?
Upcoming Adventures With the current pandemic situation that is affecting so many educators like yourself, Virescent Inspiration will continue to create resources for sustainability education that is "distance friendly". I look forward to building relationships around the Global Goals and hear first hand from educators like yourself of what kinds of resources you would find helpful! Don't hesitate to email requests to email@example.com.
In May, I will share the story of the development of the amazing sustainability board game, Save Terra! It has been a rollercoaster of
development and the plan is to have pre-sales open up by the end of the month. Follow on Instagram to stay instantly up-to-date @virescent.inspiration