Each image will start with one basic question: What do you notice? Students studying new communities can try to make inferences about life in different places through the images presented. They can ask questions or leave comments contrasting life in new places with their own lives. Then, classes from the studied communities can respond to comments, better explaining their lives, customs and traditions.
You can participate in Welcome to Our World in two ways: By leaving recorded or written comments or by uploading your own set of images for other communities to study—or, better yet, both! You can begin commenting immediately. If you’re a teacher and you’d like to get your class involved in uploading images, contact Bill Ferriter at firstname.lastname@example.org (or Skype him at wferriter). He’ll add you as a user that can edit and add images.”
You can go to his blog that tells about this project too:
I just think this is a great way to show our students the world around us. Many of my students had never been outside their own towns. Once I took my students on a hiking trip to Carl Sandburg’s home in Flat Rock, NC. When we got out of the city of Greenville and headed up the highway right outside of Traveler’s Rest, the students saw mountains in front of us. In fact, we had to pull over and he took a whole roll of film of just the mountains. Now keep in mind, this stretch of road is probably not even 15 minutes outside the city of Greenville. That is when I realized that I needed to find ways to broaden my students’ horizons. The next year I took them to Charlotte, NC to Discovery Place and they loved it. Since many of my students do not have cars and their parents do not drive, the odds of them leaving their communities is pretty slim. I think it is important as teachers for us to show them how to look for what is out there in the world. Something like this project would be perfect to show students the world around them. I feel this will help them be more successful in life. I hope you check out this project and consider collaborating on it.
Photo Credit: Earth by JayLopez (stock.xchng)