Matone de Chiwit is a non profit organization created by Karishma Bhagani aimed at delivering portable, cost-effective, chlorine-free water purifiers made from locally-sourced and sustainable materials to the areas that need it.
Connections-based learning starts with a shift in thinking. It's about beginning to look at teaching differently, keeping our eyes and ears open as educators to the connected world around us. In order to create an atmosphere of learning around a certain learning outcome, the first question to ask is WHO. With whom are we going to interact in order to uncover learning in a particular area? Is there something going on in the community that we can participate in? Is there an expert that we can bring into the class that would help us learn? Is there an organization that we can support as we learn? Could we work together with another classroom nearby or far away as we learn? These questions are the starting point for Connections-based Learning.
Would a connection to the community uncover a certain learning outcome? Would it enrich a certain learning activity? Visit the community engagement page for ideas:
Would connection with an expert lead to great learning experiences? Some great platforms for making expert connections are these:
Can we work with another classroom as we learn? So many educators are eager to partner with other classes to enhance the learning of their students. It is just a matter of making that connection. Whether you connect through one of the readily available platforms, or make the connection yourself, powerful possibilities await your class!
Is there an organization that can be supported during the learning experience? Are the students passionate about a cause? Is there a way to reciprocate help?
This platform is focused on Science, Adventure, and Conservation. Each experience is stored as a Youtube video in the Exploring By The Seat Of Your Pants Youtube channel. Check out some of the videos as they really give you a perspective on how engrossing this platform is. Give your students the opportunity to go to the bottom of the ocean, a turtle hospital, a bug zoo, Iceland's glaciers or many other locations with this far reaching platform.
Belouga.org is relatively new to the connections platform scene but don't let its youth fool you. This is one amazing opportunity for your students. Not only can they connect to students all across the world but as they dive deeper into the platform, students are making a global difference. They accumulate credits that can be "spent" to deliver textbooks to a class in Malawi or internet access to a school in Afghanistan.
The digital Human Library has hundreds of experts in nearly any subject area available to be signed out by teachers and classrooms to share their expertise with students. It also has links to hundreds of free multi-media tours. It is a one stop shop for getting connected and leveraging those connections for learning.
TeachSDGs is a group of educator volunteers from across the globe who are passionate about the Sustainable Development Goals. Their mandate is to encourage K-12 educators to teach the SDGs to their students as they progress through their curriculum.
Virtual Researchers on Call is a platform that connects STEM professors and professionals (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) with Canadian students for interactive learning.
Empatico introduces students ages 7-11 to the world, no passport needed. In this platform focused on building empathy with your students, you are matched with another classroom to facilitate connection and collaboration in real time.
Here are a selection of educators who want to share their interests with you. Check out the initiatives on which they are working and reach out if you are inspired to connect with them
The Science and Innovators in Schools program from Science World provides free in-school presentations from STEM mentors. These volunteer career mentors connect with Grades K–12 everywhere in BC.
Community Engagement is limited only by your imagination. There are so many possibilities to provide students an opportunity to engage the community. Community members have a wealth of expertise. The community also has many needs that students can help meet. Visit this page for some ideas.