Monday, April 14, 2008

[TIPS] Pangea Day Reminder

On May 10th, something very unique will happen. I do hope that you'll investigate it and plan to build a lesson around it.

I just received an email from the Ted mailinglist, and in it were three links to YouTube movies showing people singing National Anthems of various countries. But, it was the French singing our National Anthem, and Kenyans singing the National Anthem of India, etc. There's the music teacher's lesson. Perhaps your lesson would be something of a reverse of this day's activities where you have your students script out a video NOT of what it's like to be an American teenage, but what they perceive it's like to be an Iraqi teenager, or an Indian teenager, etc. They don't have to do the movie, but I'll just bet it'll raise some interesting sterotypes.

I do hope that you'll consider planning something for this day. Think about this... certainly ten years ago this would not have been possible, at least to the extent that it's going to happen today. Even 5 years ago it would have been held differently. But this year they've got a Facebook page, movies all over YouTube, and more. They're using the internet to allow and encourage people to host events for the day. You may want to investigate that and host an event at your school. Go to the website to learn more about it. Think about it.. what if your school held a Pangea Day event, and connected with another school in your state - or better yet, somewhere else in the world - to discuss the films. Maybe it's not synchronously. Maybe it's via a wiki page. But, wouldn't that be powerful learning?

A reminder.. here is what the site says about itself:

"Pangea Day taps the power of film to strengthen tolerance and compassion while uniting millions of people to build a better future.

In a world where people are often divided by borders, difference, and conflict, it's easy to lose sight of what we all have in common. Pangea Day seeks to overcome that - to help people see themselves in others - through the power of film.

On May 10, 2008 — Pangea Day — sites in Cairo, Kigali, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai and Rio de Janeiro will be linked live to produce a program of powerful films, visionary speakers, and uplifting music.

The program will be broadcast live to the world through the Internet, television, digital cinemas, and mobile phones.

Of course, movies alone can't change the world. But the people who watch them can. So following May 10, 2008, Pangea Day organizers will facilitate community-building activities around the world by connecting inspired viewers with numerous organizations which are already doing groundbreaking work."

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