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How You Can Empower Students to Make a Global Difference

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How You Can Empower Students to Make a Global Difference


Direct Link to These Resources: http://bit.ly/smswebinar2011


Do you believe that global awareness means more than simply learning about another culture's food and holidays? Would you like to empower your students to become globally connected critical thinkers, problem solvers, and decision makers who make a difference?


Then you've landed in the right place! 



This page will contain the resources and materials that Bill Ferriter, Dan Sudlow, and some of their students will use during a Simple K12 webinar as they introduce you to their Kiva Club and show how they have used microlending to help people in developing countries throughout the world.


(Your Help Needed: My students are really interested in seeing where people who attend our webinar are from.  Could you please take a second to fill out this 3 question survey telling us a little more about yourself?)







Salem Middle School Kiva Club Presentation Slides


This Slideshare deck includes the slides that the Salem Middle School Kiva Clubbers will use during the course of our webinar today.





Salem Middle School Kiva Club Video


The Salem Middle School Kiva Club has always made videos to advertise their work to potential funders and their peers.  This is the most recent version of their video -- which was produced by Emma and Cam -- two of today's student presenters.





Salem Middle School Kiva Club Tripline


Another fun way to see the kind of difference that the Salem Middle School Tripline is to check out the Tripline that Mr. Ferriter made.  It makes it really easy to see the range of different places and people that we've been able to reach.





Complete Kiva Lending Packet



This document contains 20 pages of resources designed to support Kiva classroom lending projects.  Readers will find activities that encourage students to study developing nations and the characteristics of quality microloans.  Rubrics for making lending decisions are included, as are templates for creating persuasive speeches about microlending projects.  Many of the individual resources listed below are included in this packet. 




Kiva Loan Rubric



This document contains a collection of questions that students should consider before making Kiva loans.  It encourages students to think about three main criteria for a good Kiva loan:  The characteristics of the country where the loan will be made, the characteristics of the entrepreneur looking for support, and the characteristics of the loan term and field partner who will be managing our money!



Mini Lesson on Loaning to Women



In many countries, women do not have equal access to public sources of credit as men even though women entrepreneurs are more likely to remain in their communities and to improve the lives of their neighbors as men entrepreneurs.  This mini-lesson encourages students to think through the pros and cons of making microloans to women.




Mini Lesson on Loaning to Groups



While making loans to individuals is often exciting to young lenders because there is a real sense of helping someone directly, often group loans are safer because all of the entrepreneurs in a group loan promise to support one another and guarantee complete repayment on a loan.  This mini-lesson encourages students to think through the pros and cons of making microloans to groups.




Mini Lesson on Giving Gift Cards



One of the more interesting Kiva opportunities for student lending teams is giving a gift card to another class that might be interested in setting up their own Kiva lending projects.  While doing so gives away control over hard-earned funds, it can also expand a lending team's impact by starting other student-led lending efforts.  This mini-lesson encourages students to think through the pros and cons of giving Kiva gift cards to other classes.




Mini Lesson on Country Profiles



Instructionally, microlending carries great "bang for the buck" in social studies classrooms because it provides a great incentive for studying more about the countries of the developing world.  Our required curriculum, for example, expects students to learn about life in South America---one of our world's poorest contintents.  This mini-lesson encourages students to collect information about life in each of South America's countries before making lending decisions.




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