Monday, August 19, 2019

Schools : World Photography Day : history & resources !

World Photography Day
credits: unknown

Photography Day is an annual, worldwide celebration of the art, craft, science and history of photography. The World Photography Day takes place on 19th August every year. 

It coincides with World Humanitarian DayWorld Humanitarian Day (WHD) is held every year on 19 August to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to rally support for people affected by crises around the world. 

View of The Boulevard du Temple
Image credit: Louis Daguerre (public domain)

Daguerre's View Of The Boulevard du Temple, taken from the window of his apartment in Paris in 1838, is a unique example of early street photography that includes the first known recorded image of a human being.  

So, since the early 19th century, photography has become an ever-increasing medium of personal expression and appreciation for countless people around the world.

The Daguerrotype/ Louis Daguerres

Some historical facts:

The date recognizes the invention of the Daguerrotype, a process that was devised by French Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre in 1837. 

He invented the Daguerreotype in 1837, which was a positive image recorded on a copper plate coated with silver iodide. Latent images produced in-camera were developed by exposure to mercury vapor, and were then fixed by a strong salt solution.

A couple of years later, on 9 January 1839, the French Academy of Sciences officially announced the invention, which subsequently led to the French government purchasing the patent for the process, declaring it as a ‘gift free to the world’ on 19 August 1839.

Louis Daguerre
between November 1787 and July 1851

A photograph has the ability to capture a place, an experience, an idea, a moment in time. For this reason, it's said that a picture is worth a thousand words. 

Photographs can convey a feeling faster than, and sometimes even more effectively than words can. A photograph can make the viewer see the world the way the photographer sees it. 

Photographs even transcend the passing of time - a photo from a hundred years ago can still be as appreciated now, as it was then. A photo taken tomorrow, can still be just as appreciated by others in a hundred years' time.

World Photography Day
credits: Tagadiane


There are several benefits that come with encouraging children to take a genuine interest in outdoor/nature photography. 

It is amazing how imaginative children and teens get when they are equipped with a camera and the knowledge to operate it. 

Taking up photography as a hobby can help in improving the focus of young kids, as it teaches them to fully grasp what they are doing, in order to achieve the perfect shot.

Young girl shooting out-door
credits: unknown

"Many experts believe that introducing hobbies such as photography into a child’s learning curriculum can further boost their overall interest in studies as well as other extracurricular activities."

So, now you know where World Photography Day comes from, celebrate the occasion by getting out there and shooting your own images to 'gift to the world' is currently accepting submissions for photos to be featured on its site, for the world to appreciate.

Invite your students to join this event and motivate them to go out and capture a moment.

Don't forget to ask the students to share their best photos on social media and tag using #WorldPhotographyDay. 

"Most children love being outdoors. Learning to take photos will help them improve focus, explore their natural surroundings and see the world in a new perspective."

Jayanth Sharma


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Monday, August 12, 2019

Schools : International Youth Day : Youth2030

credits: Elyx Yak, virtual ambassador UN

"Education should help young people learn how to learn: combining knowledge, life skills & critical thinking. "

Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of UN 

Today we celebrate the International Youth Day. On 17 December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth the 12 August be declared International Youth Day.

Theme 2019:

“Transforming education.”

The theme of International Youth Day 2019, “Transforming education”, highlights efforts to make education more relevant, equitable and inclusive for all youth, including efforts by youth themselves. 

There are currently 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24 in the world. This is the largest youth population ever. 

But 1 in 10 of the world’s children live in conflict zones and 24 million of them are out of school. Political instability, labour market challenges and limited space for political and civic participation have led to increasing isolation of youth in societies.

Rooted in Goal 4 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.

credits: UN

Youth engagement is crucial to bringing about more relevant, equitable and inclusive education. Youth-led organizations are transforming education by partnering with Governments, educational institutions and other stakeholders, lobbying and advocating education policies and developing complementary training programs. 

Joshua Wong
credits: AFP
via The Telegraph

Youth-led organizations are addressing barriers for youth on the basis of economic status, ethnic group, gender, and other characteristics; 

Emma Gonzalez

Updating education plans and school curricula to include lessons about peace, justice and the environment and climate change, among many other areas. 

Greta Thunberg

Youth engagement is essential to the transformation of education into a means for inclusive youth development and sustainable development more broadly.

Olga Misik
credits: Vera Oleinikova
via BBC

"On , we celebrate all those who are working to transform education to make it more inclusive, accessible & relevant to today’s world."

Antonio Guterres, on Twitter

Let's talk Malala YousafzaiGreta Thunberg, Olga Misik, Emma González and Joshua Wong. Five young activists who are changing some important issues in their countries and all over the world. They are educated, developed critical thinking and they know how to fight for values: girls education, democracy, climate change and gun control.

credits: unknown
via Google Images


International Youth Day 2019 will highlight good practices and lessons learned in the efforts undertaken to ensure that education is relevant, equitable and inclusive for all youth. It will also sketch out the road ahead for the various stakeholders engaged in this endeavour.

This year’s theme highlights efforts to make education more inclusive and accessible for all youth, including efforts by youth themselves.

Are your school celebrating #YouthDay? Planning a special activity? UN wants to know! Tweet or email at

Spread the word:

"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education."

Martin Luther King. Jr.


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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Schools : July in Review & Pop Art Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol
credits: © Jack Mitchell

Andy Warhol, born Andrew Warhola, on this day 6 Agust 1928 in a two-room apartment at 73 Orr Street in a working-class neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

He had a very particular personal style. He had a shock of white hair and was usually seen wearing a lot of black, leather jackets and glasses or sunglasses.

Andy Warhol is one of the most famous artists, ever. From his soup to his hair, he is an art legend.

Andy Warhol
Black Bean 1968 
© 2019 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Right Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London

Warhol was part of the Pop Art movementHe was famous for exploring popular culture in his work, using brands like Coca Cola and Campbell's Soup (which was one of his favourite things to eat). He died on 22 February 1987.

Pop Art:

What exactly is Pop Art? Find out in this short film...

Warhol liked to use bright colours and silk screening techniques to mass-produce artworks based on photographs of celebrities, like this famous image of Marilyn Monroe among other

Untitled from Marilyn Monroe
Andy Warhol, 1967

He didn't just do prints though, he made films, digital artwork, paintings and sculptures.
Warhol's studio was called The Factory, which was a reference to the mass-produced nature of his artworks. 

The Factory
Andy Warhol
credits: Stephen Shore
via The Guardian, 2016

He saw art as a product, the same as the clothes you wear and the food you eat. 
He loved Los Angeles, beauty and plastic, things that were modern and changed quickly. 
If he was alive now, what do you think would inspire him?

Quadrant Mickey Mouse

Andy Warhol, 1981

To learn about Andy Warhol & Pop Art:

  • Tate Kids offer teachers some good information and activities here. Explore some activities Pop Art here
  • The Museum The WarholThe Warhol offers engaging, interactive installations and activities that appeal to children and adults alike. 
And now, it's time to the review of the most popular posts of July.

Here are the most popular posts of the last month:

Science education : Don't miss the Black Moon : resources 

Summer holidays... just a quiet weekend ! 

Science : Partial Lunar Eclipse tonight ! 

Wherever you are, I hope you are enjoying your holidays. Soon the new school year for some of you.

Have a great time wherever you are! Here, it's Summer... rainy day!


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Monday, August 5, 2019

Schools : Aquastory, animated film SDGs in Action ! UN winner 2019

SDGs in Action Film Festival 2019/ UN

The SDGs in Action Film Festival, coordinated by the UN DESA Division for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is a competition seeking short films that highlight how people and organizations around the world are taking action for the 17 global goals. 

The Festival was launched in 2018 in connection with the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development that takes place each July at UN Headquarters in New York. 

The competition offers amateur and professional filmmakers around the globe the chance to submit animated or live-action films up to 20 minutes long that showcase a person or project working on tangible solutions to the world’s biggest threats and making the SDGs our reality.

short animated by Marina Lobo

The winner? The animated short film Aquametragem, by the Portuguese Marina Lobo, was the winner of the category Protecting our Planet at the film festival in action, organized by the United Nations (UN). 

Winner Protect Our Planet Award
United Nations, 2019

Entries were accepted in the following categories for 2019:
  • Protecting our planet
  • Reducing inequalities
  • Building peace
  • Ensuring quality education and jobs
  • Young Filmmaker (24 years old or younger)
  • SDGs in Virtual Reality/360 degrees

This is the biggest competition of film works dedicated to sustainable development goals (Sdgs).


Hidro was hit by luck. Water is all around him and seems to have no end. But his joy is interrupted by warning signs. After all, water is limited and scarce. Is it too late? Will the H2O family be able to change their behaviors and manage this resource efficiently by applying the 5 R's of water (Reduce water Consumption, Reduce Wastage, Reuse Water, Recycle Water, and Resort to Alternative Sources)

short animated winner Protect Our Planet, 2019/ UN
Award winner of the ODS in Action 2019 competition, the United Nations Film Festival about Sustainable Development Goals, under the category Protect Planet.

short animated winner Protect Our Planet, 2019/ UN

So happy! Congratulations to the creativity by Marina Lobo. And all the partners and promotor.


Here I am talking again about Environmental education. Environment education in school is a cross-curricular subject. 
Schools have an important role promoting environmental education as a Civics value across all school curricula.

image: Elyx Yak/ Virtual Ambassador UN

SDGs are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. 
They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

All teachers must be "green" in school and help the new generations to involve in those important goals such as water reduce. They can invite students to develop educational projects, national or international about Environment.

I have already published a good number of posts on my blog about Environment education in school, along the years. You can read them by searching.

In 2012, I suggested the app Zoe Makes a Splash on the same theme: water reduce.

short animated winner Protect Our Planet, 2019/ UN


Children and teens will learn to reduce water and its importance in our planet, how to use it in moderation, the impact of polluted water on wildlife and habitats and the benefits we get from clean water.

Target: 4-11/12 years old.

Devices: Smartphones; tablets; Online.


Available in English, Portuguese.

Note: You can download fofree here (English) and here (Portuguese).

Curriculum: Cross-curricular;

Schools & Parents:

This short animated film can be used in the classroom or at home.

image: Elyx Yak/ Virtual Ambassador UN

For years, I shared my green thoughts and values with my students in Languages and IT curriculum. 

I hope this short animated Aquastory
 give teachers a good inspiration to include into school curriculum, and developing interesting activities and projects about water reduce and food waste.

Young students will love Aquametragem learning how to reduce water and good waste with Hidro and its family. It's so important for the our future.

"The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction."

Rachel Carson

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