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The Partners in Learning champions James and Jane, who had the foresight to support and sponsor this project

This week we launched the Shout Project in Singapore at the Microsoft Partners in Learning Regional Innovative Education Forum.

Jean-Francois Rischard did the opening keynote, closing with a beautiful proposal – that young people take responsiblity for the changes the planet needs.

For the next two days, we worked in partnership with TakingITGlobal and the students and school leaders from across the region to determine how young people will take this challenge on.

Step 1: Pick 1 global issue from Rischard’s book:

The book that started it all

The top three candidates selected by both teachers and students were:

  1. Fisheries Depletion
  2. Deforestation
  3. Dangerous Climate Change

After several votes  – the winner is – Deforestation.  Now, here’s the assignment these students and teachers have agreed to tackle:

“You must address and resolve the global problem of climate change, by driving youth from across the planet to take action in whatever ways you determine suitable, effective and appropriate”.

In the next three weeks, young people can log onto TakingITGlobal and propose any ideas (no matter how wacky) for how they will address Deforestation.  Check it out.. and feel free to vote for the best ideas. (www.takingitglobal.com/deforestaction)

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This week, it was confirmed the name of the project would change from High Noon to Blueprints to Shout!  We have been working with the name “Blueprints for the Future” for the last several months, when it was agreed High Noon wasn’t well understood by young people.

So, today I changed the name of the blog from HighNoon to “The Global Shout!”.  And, I have registered the domain name to match.  So, now you can bookmark www.theglobalshout.com.

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An exciting time is in store for the teachers and students across Asia Pacific who have been invited to the Asia Pacific Microsoft Innovative Education Forum.

These forums, hosted by Microsoft Partners in Learning,  are widely regarded as among the best education conferences on earth.  But this one will be extra special.  Jean-Francois Rischard will be a special guest keynote, and TakingITGlobal will be working with young people from across the region.

Best of all, the program will revolve around the concept of Blueprints for the Future- and how can students from across the planet take control of their own learning, work together on a meaningful collaborative project, and take action to address the key issues identified in Rischard’s book.

Over the next few weeks, I will be consulting with some of the best facilitators, including Joan Dalton from Hands On Education (author of the PLOT tool www.plotpd.com) to put together a track for the school leaders where we can kick this project off.

Kudos to Felica Brown from Partners in Learning in Singapore, and to James Bernard, Director of Partners in Learning Worldwide for their openness to this concept, and their leadership in making this happen.

RIEF Singapore

In March, some of the best students and educators will converge on Singapore for a conference like no other.

What is Partners in Learning?

Microsoft Partners in Learning is a global program dedicated to enabling access to technology, supporting leadership and building community in Australian schools. Since its inception in 1993, Partners in Learning has furthered the interests of more than 178 million
students and over 7 million teachers and policymakers in 112 countries, with a total worldwide investment of US $500 million. In Australia, the program has reached over 126,000 students, teachers and leaders and will invest $15 million in cash and resources by 2013.

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