I was wondering what you all thought of learning designs pertaining to English language teaching? What are the ways in which you design your lessons to achieve better learning in your students?Continue
I have been mulling over an idea in my head for a couple of months now. The above video inspired me to disclose it today. Above is the video log from the Uncultured Project. Uncultured was started by a college student from the US that was so moved by a speaker at his school talking about practical solutions to the issues that aggravate world poverty. Shortly after he moved to Bangladesh and begun finding way s to help people. The result is video documentation of effective poverty relief work at the ground level. A more important result is the grass roots participation that has surrounded the project.
The internet is changing the face of Non-profit work. Kiva.org is a perfect example of this. A group of strangers or friends can come together to pool their money to make micro-loans to borrowers that have their own profiles detailing their location and business plan. When the loan is paid back lenders are offered the opportunity to withdrawal the money, or roll it over into a new loan.
You can also go to companies like Vestergaard-Frandsen and individually donate life-saving products like high tech mosquito netting or water purifiers. I am getting a kick out of this company. They are providing low-tech, practical, and effect solutions for world poverty.
Here is my proposal. I want bloggers, teachers, nerdfighters, MySpace and Facebook thugs to agree to pool $25 each month. I want people to propose NGO's, websites, projects, and individuals to receive a pool of money funded by participants. Each member would be responsible for sending their donations directly to the selected recipient groups, projects, and individuals would voted on by the group each month. Nominees should exemplify the new generation of Aid Organisations, have verifiable and clear results and goals, and generally constructed to genuinely reduce world suck.
This hardly has to be at a grand scale. I estimate a close knit group of about 12 people would be a manageable and effective. I am uncertain as what a proper venue would be for such a project as I would be drawing on people from Myspace, facebook, Nerdfights.ning.com, EFLclassroom.ning.com, LiveJournal, and whoever those reading this care to pass the word on too. I think if enough people could be convinced to open a Ning.com account I am sure that would be a great venue for such a project.
Any thoughts or suggestions? If you are interested be sure to message me or comment as I am not a mind reader.