Although this tale has already been documented in my earlier posts, this powerful, inspirational story needs to be regularly shared with educators and their students.
Alan Levine (aka @cogdog) has challenged DS106 and ETMOOC participants to share “True Stories of Open Sharing … examples of times when there was an unexpected positive outcome after sharing something openly online.”
My inspiring story starts with a serendipitous visit to 10-year old Laura Stockman’s blog entitled “25 Days to Make a Difference”. Through a blog post, I shared Laura’s passionate quest “to make the world a little better”. In turn, two amazing educators Chris Harbeck (of Winnipeg, Manitoba) and Karl Fisch (of Centennial, Colorado) challenged their students to contribute funds in December to be shared with different charities. I have tried to capture this story of concern, caring, and connection in the following “Sharing Is Caring” YouTube video:
I have included resource slides at the end of this video which list the 10 respective Internet addresses of important components of this inspirational story. However, I am also including them below, as active hyperlinks, to make it easier for readers to examine this story in depth:
- Laura Stockman’s post – “25 Days to Make a Difference”
- Brian Metcalfe’s post – “How to Make A Difference in December”
- Chris Harbeck’s post – “Would your students donate $0.25 per day?“
- Chris Harbeck’s wiki – “25centsaday“
- Karl Fisch’s post – “A Quarter is More Than Just a Fraction“
- Brian Metcalfe’s post – “December Charity Challenges for Students“
- Chris Harbeck’s post – “Teaching Citizenship – Part 2 – Pay It Forward“
- Chris Harbeck’s post – “Teaching Citizenship – Part 3 – 25 cents a day“
- Chris Harbeck’s Vimeo video – “Why Digital Citizenship Matters“
- Brian Metcalfe’s post – “We Day: A December Charity Challenge“
I encourage educators to bookmark this video and review it each November so that you and your students can consider making your difference in December.
Take care & keep smiling 🙂