Thursday, May 27, 2010

Exigeons Dignité! Un projet à suivre!

Dans le cadre de l'Année Européenne de Lutte contre la  Lauvreté et l'Exclusion Social Amnesty International dans sa nouvelle campagne Exigeons Dignité  a demandé à 5 photographes de réaliser un reportage, chacun dans un pays différent: au Nigéria, en Inde, en Egypte, au Mexique et en Macédonie. 

Un projet photographique pour illustrer le role central des droits humains dans la lutte contre la pauvreté.

Philippe Brault, Guillaume Herbaut, Jean-François Joly, Johann Rousselot et Michael Zumstein du collectif de photographes l’Œil Public, constitué en agence indépendante jusqu’en janvier dernier, montre 105 photos (couleur et noir et blanc) pour redonner un visage et une dignité à tous ceux et celles qui sont invisibles.

À découvrir sur le parvis de l’Hôtel de Ville à Paris (France), l'Exposition « Dignité Droits humains et Pauvreté », jusqu’au 3 juillet 2010. Après, itinérance de l'Expositon en France et à l'International

Sortie en livre, en avril, "Dignité, droits humains et pauvreté", auteurs Amnesty International / Oeil Public, préface Esther Duflo, éditeur co-édition Amnesty International / Textuel.

Suggestion pédagogique: des documents authentiques touchants que les professeurs pourront introduire dans un cours d' Instruction Civique pour faire travailler les Droits de L'Homme.

Un peu partout dans le monde, des femmes et des hommes sont privés de leurs droits fondamentaux. Il existe un lien étroit entre la violation de ces droits humains: la propeté, l’identité, le logement, la santé, l' éducation, la sécurité et la pauvreté. 


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* Ressources: Amnesty International (France)
Mairie de Paris

Monday, May 24, 2010

iPods and Mp3 Players in Adult Education

iPod shuffle

Yes, indeed! Ipods and Mp3 players can be used in Adult Education. 

"Online tool and application resources are provided for completing adult education and training programs using internet-based audio and video technology."

David R. Wetzel

In his article "12 Creative Ways to Use Ipods and Mp3 Players in Adult Education", he continues :

Today there are new creative ways to use an iPod and similar Mp3 players to support learning in adult education programs. These handhelds or portable digital devices were originally developed as a convenient way to listen to music. Now their uses have evolved beyond just music, their new expanded role is providing both audio and video learning applications for education.[...]



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Thursday, May 13, 2010

8th Wonderland, a virtual world for Citizenship?

What happens when virtual worlds as an educational tool becomes a 'virtual world' movie official selectioned at different International Festival Films? Take a look!

We've seen the power of Facebook and Twitter to rally people for a cause. 

Imagine if all the people on social networks shared a common view and declared themselves a virtual country. 

This is the concept behind 8th Wonderland a French film by Jean Mach and Nicolas Alberny.


«Scattered all over the world, everyday people, sick and tired of political systems and being controled by the media, decide to create a virtual state and instore their democracy.» 

A fantastic fiction-political thriller easy to screen worldwide!  
It takes us from Russia to the United States, from South America to Japan passing through Europe and the Middle East.
8th Wonderland had the "Mention Spéciale du Jury" award of the "International Fantasy Festival Film of Brussels 2009"  and some others.

You can join this virtual world on the website 8th Wonderland... but don't forget! It's only a game!! But an interesting idea to play with.


Perhaps too radical for Civics curriculum in Junior High School or Further Education? But why not try? 

Starting with a pedagogical introduction, watching the movie and a critical debate, students could learn to deal with the right side and the wrong side and become engaged citizens.



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Saturday, May 8, 2010

The Spoilt Generation


In the space of a few decades the way we parent has changed dramatically. Something we once did intuitively has become the subject of political fashion, guided by experts. 
As parents we are older and more time-poor than ever before, with the highest proportion of single-parent households in history. 
Our children are now spoiled in ways that go far beyond materialism. But they are suffering to a degree we never anticipated: we now have the highest rates of child depression, underage pregnancy and violent and anti-social behaviour since records began. 
Yet adults, at every level, have retreated from authority and in doing so have robbed our children of their basic supporting structures. 
In this book, Dr Sigman takes issues by the scruff of the neck, among them children's sense of entitlement, the effects of TV and computers, single-parent homes and 'blended' families, parental guilt and the compensation culture. He offers a clear practical message to us all - parents, grandparents, teachers and policy-makers alike - as to how we can redress the status quo, redefine our roles and together cultivate happier and better-behaved children.

The review of the press:

An explosive new book… Sigman specialises in uncomfortable truths...

The Sunday Times

Children of the spoilt generation are used to having their demands met by their parents and others in authority, and that in turn makes them unprepared for the realities of adult life.

Daily Mail Online
Children no longer have boundaries. It's bad for children and it's bad for parents. Some parents, due to a lack of time, pressures at work and so forth, are trying to buy their children's love, which is toxic.

Michele Elliott

in the moment of unbelievable but true stories in the schools throughout the world, perhaps an interesting book to read.

Polemic and practical, it offers ideas, answers, and directions for all those involved in bringing up the next generation.

G-Souto 07.05.2010
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