Thursday, May 28, 2020

Schools : April in Review & Hold Still Photo Contest Coronavirus


The National Portrait Gallery are asking you to help capture the spirit, the mood, the hopes, the fears and the feelings of the UK as we continue to deal with Coronavirus outbreak.

Completely free and open to all ages and abilities, Hold Still will capture a snapshot of the UK at this time,creating a collective portrait of Lockdown which will reflect resilience and bravery, humour and sadness, creativity and kindness and human tragedy and hope.

One hundred shortlisted portraits will feature in a virtual exhibition on the Gallery’s website as a gallery without walls, open to all this August. And a selection of images will also be shown across the UK later in the year.

The images can be captured on phones or cameras and each image will be assessed on the emotion and experience it conveys rather than its photographic quality or technical expertise.

 The closing date for submissions is the 18 June 2020.




credits: Stacey Leanne Connell

This is our six year old. Here he is outdoors, showing the Union Jack he created with finger paints and a pillowcase. This has a rainbow handprint rainbow to show the support to the NHS on VE Day.




Cyprus school reopen 
credits:  Iakovos Hatzistavrou/ Getty Images

Education:

If you teach in the UK, invite your students to participate at this contest by capture a snapshot from a person of their family, someone they know or see.

To inspire, tell students to explore all the entries so far here

Of course, if you live and teach in another country suffering COVID-19, you can propose to a National Museum the same activity. Or even create a vlog with the participation of your students on the same theme.

And now, time to the review of the most popular posts of April...

Here are the most popular posts of the month:


Children's book : My Hero is You : how kids can fight COVID-19


Hoping you're doing well on the reopening schools. Your students need you! They missed school, classmates and you as a teacher!

If you're already back to school, stay safe!


Hope and resilience! Be kind to those who need you. And patient with your students! It's a difficult time to you and to them.



“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” 

Helen Keller


G-Souto

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Hunger Games prequel, the new book The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes





The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
Suzanne Collins

Hey, fans of the dystopian trilogy The Hunger Games: The odds are in your favor, because a new book on the prequel from author Suzanne Collins that just came out, last 19 May 2020.

Set during Panem's Dark Days, 64 years before The Hunger Games, this new prequel novel follows a teenage Coriolanus Snow as he mentors a District 12 Tribute for the 10th Hunger Games.

The Hunger Games earned a devout fan group when it was first published in 2008. Following Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, a young woman living in the dystopian nation of Panem (formerly the United States of America) forced to compete against other Panem citizens in a survival competition, Collins' novels - which include The Hunger GamesCatching Fire, and Mockingjay - were quickly greenlit for film adaptations.





Captain Snow/ Donald Sutherland
via screenweek.it

The new story focuses on a character all of us hate: the vicious President Coriolanus Snow of the country Panem. A tyrant and ruthless killer who emerged as Katniss Everdeen's most prominent enemies, played by Donald Sutherland. 

The book follows him as a teenager 64 years before the events of the original bestselling trilogy. It will begin on the morning of the reaping of the 10th Hunger Games.





Not much was known about Coriolanus Snow's early life prior to the events of the Hunger Games, other than the notion of him being a native of the Capitol. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes takes place 64 years before Katniss was introduced as Panem's only hope for a better future. 

Coriolanus is a student at the Academy but his family has a lot of history within the Capitol. While walking the halls ahead of the reaping day festivities for the 10th Hunger GamesCoriolanus mentions that people know him because of his parents and grandparents, meaning he has a reputation to uphold. Coriolanus doesn't view himself as rich, but he's aware that his charm is influential. The Snow family clearly comes from privilege which will have an effect on Coriolanus's decision-making.




Suzanne Collins Hunger Games prequel
credits: Getty Images
via New York Post

Best-selling author Suzanne Collins is returning to the world of The Hunger Games in this new novel set long before arrow-slinging hero Katniss Everdeen matched wits with the ruthless President Snow.

Lionsgate, the studio that released the four Hunger Games movies, has yet to announce that it has obtained the film rights to the prequel novel.

The book, which takes place in the Hunger Games universe, will be turned into a movie by director Francis Lawrence. Collins will write the film’s treatment with Michael Arndt. Producer Nina Jacobson, who teamed with the studio on four film adaptations of earlier Collins' books The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay




Hunger Games trilogy
Suzanne Collins


Education

The Hunger Games has made an undeniable mark on young adult fiction. However the world changed enormously. Young adults will accept the Hunger Games prequel?

“We need to come together not only to address the immediate educational consequences of this unprecedented crisis, but to build up the longer-term resilience of education systems.”

UNESCO's Assistant Director-General for Education





Hunger Games
Gary Rodd, 2012

"Collins has previously said that she wanted her new book “to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival … "

The Narrative text:

narration lets us know something. It tells us what happened. It tells us a story. Our students love to read narratives. More and more on their lockdown due the pandemic coronavirus.

They strain more than ever after the lockdown to hear the news among their friends about what happened over the lockdown and they rush to see the latest news, books and films that promise a good story! We know that! Let's us remember Harry Potter saga, Twilight and recently Games of Thrones.

As teachers we propose diverse resources that will help students to develop their vocabulary and to stimulate a desire of communication. 




Hunger Games books & films

Books and films based on books are not only a motivating but can also provide excellent practice for students to improve pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, and the four languages skills.

Teachers and schools must not continue to focus on traditional academic skills and rote learning, but on skills such as critical thinking and adaptability, which will be more important for success in the future.

The parents of today instinctively prioritise the emotional and physical health of their children over academic results.

"This means teaching children to understand their minds and bodies, encouraging them to have contact with nature, helping them to negotiate relationships with others, fostering excellent communication skills, and nurturing creativity."

Alice O'Keeffe

So The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes could have an interesting twist to teach differently looking its narrative. Collins may not paint Snow as a victim of circumstance. Perhaps she will surprise fans with a tale about a young man who charts his own course towards evil, teaching more than a few valuable lessons about good and evil along the way.

"But The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes describes how most lives are actually lived, the consequences of countless small choices that ultimately amount to a big one: not just how to feel but who to be."

Laura Miller

However, don't forget! Help your young students to dare to dream of the day social life returns.

G-Souto

24.05.2020
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References:

Suzanne Collins website

UNESCO Education

The Guardian/ Books


Thursday, May 14, 2020

Culture & éducation : On va connaître Paris ? Livre numértique gratuit, De Lutèce au Grand Palais !





De Lutèce au Grand Paris
Christine Dodos-Ungerer
illustrations: Juanma Gomez
Pavillon de l'Arsenal

Le confinement coronavirus dure. Une chose est sûre, les étudiants ne manquent pas de temps libre ! Résultat, ils ont l’impression d’avoir fait le tour de toutes les activités possibles et imaginables pour apprendre et se divertir?

"Dans le nord de la Gaule celtique, à la croisée des voies qui relient la Belgique, la Normandie et la Loire, s'écoule lentement un fleuve sinueux : la Seine. C'est là que tout a commencé".

C'est ainsi que débute ce livre jeux. La première partie du récit raconte les origines de la cité puis plonge les lecteurs/ joueurs au beau milieu de la Renaissance et des tourments de la révolution française.

"C'est une révolte ?, demande Louis XVI. – Non, sire, c'est une révolution », répond La Rochefoucauld (15 juillet 1789)."




De Lutèce au Grand Palais 1/2
Christine Dodos-Ungerer
illustrations: Juanma Gomez
Pavillon de l'Arsenal

Si l’histoire et l’évolution de Paris vous fascine vous voilà! Le Pavillon de l’Arsenal met à votre disposition une version numérique et complètement gratuite du livre jeux : De Lutèce au Grand Paris.

Parcourez en famille, à la maison, en cours sur le net ou réseaux sociaux avec vos professeurs, les grands moments de l’évolution de Paris, ses architectures et la vie de ses habitants avec cette version numérique et gratuite du livre jeux De Lutèce au Grand Paris pour apprendre en s’amusant à la maison !





De Lutèce au Grand Palais
Christine Dodos-Ungerer
illustrations: Juanma Gomez
Pavillon de l'Arsenal, 2013

De Lutèce au Grand Paris : Pour comprendre l'évolution de la ville / Albums 1  & 2.

Christine Dodos-Ungerer, conceptrice, et Juanma Gomez, illustrateur, proposent 23 séquences chronologiques, 200 illustrations couleurs et de nombreux jeux et cartographies vous plongeant davantage dans le Paris d'avant.

Saurez-vous différencier les devantures du palais du Luxembourg, des chapelles de la Sorbonne et du Val-de-Grâce ?

Premier livre sur l’histoire et l’actualité du Grand Paris destiné aux juniors, "De Lutèce au Grand Paris" raconte de façon pédagogique et ludique les grands moments de l’évolution de Paris et la métropole, ses architectures et la vie de ses habitants.





De Lutèce au Grand Palais
Christine Dodos-Ungerer
illustrations: Juanma Gomez
Pavillon de l'Arsenal


23 séquences chronologiques, 200 illustrations couleurs et de nombreux jeux guident les enfants dans les his- toires, petites et grandes, passées et actuelles de la capi- tale. Seul, accompagné ou en famille, ce voyage dans le temps permet ainsi à tous de découvrir ou redécouvrir que la tour Eiffel devait être détruite après l’exposition universelle de 1889, que le tout premier gratte-ciel pari- sien a été construit dans le 13e arrondissement, qu’il y avait déjà des embouteillages du temps de Louis XIV, que des gens habitaient dans des maisons sur les ponts au Moyen Âge, qu’il y avait un mur autour de Paris jusqu’au début du XXe siècle, que la gare des halles est la plus fréquentée d’Europe,.

Et voilà, ça vient de sortir en version numérique à télécharger gratuitement, pour apprendre à la maison.

À travers un parcours initiatique, le jeu est découpé en deux parties possédant chacune trois périodes historiques




De Lutèce au Grand Palais
Christine Dodos-Ungerer
illustrations: Juanma Gomez
Pavillon de l'Arsenal

La première partie de ce récit pédagogique découpé en trois périodes retrace la fabrication de Paris, depuis les origines de la cité jusqu'au Paris révolutionnaire puis impérial. Rythmé par des textes courts et de nombreux jeux, ce voyage, conçu par Christine Dodos-Ungerer et illustré par Juanma Gomez, offre une lecture unique de l’histoire urbaine de la capitale et des anecdotes qui jalonnent son évolution : savez-vous qu’il y avait déjà des embouteillages du temps de Louis XIV, que des gens habitaient dans des maisons sur les ponts au Moyen Âge, qu’il y avait déjà un million d’habitants à Paris au milieu du XIXe siècle?




De Lutèce au Grand Palais 2/2
Christine Dodos-Ungerer
illustrations: Juanma Gomez
Pavillon de l'Arsenal

La seconde partie découpée en trois périodes, retrace la transformation de la ville par le baron Haussmann jusqu'à la création de la métropole. Rythmé par des textes courts et de nombreux jeux, ce parcours, conçu par Christine Dodos-Ungerer et illustré par Juanma Gomez, offre une lecture unique de l’histoire urbaine de la capitale et des anecdotes qui jalonnent son évolution.

Christine Dodos-Ungerer raconte, dans la deuxième partie, la modernisation de la ville par le baron Haussmann. La rétrospective continue, les villes doivent se reconstruire après les deux guerres mondiales. D'immenses chantiers sont instaurés à la fin des années 1980 sous la présidence de François Mitterrand qui cherche à agrandir la métropole.

Aujourd'hui, les enjeux pour la capitale mondiale sont davantage environnementaux. Un livre jeux rempli d'anecdotes qui risque bien d'occuper tout votre après-midi.




De Lutèce au Grand Palais 2/2
Christine Dodos-Ungerer
illustrations: Juanma Gomez
Pavillon de l'Arsenal

Avis aux amoureux de Paris, petits ou grands, Parisiens ou non ! En un clic, le Pavillon de l'Arsenal vous propose d'accéder, depuis chez vous, à toute l'histoire de la capitale française. À travers un parcours initiatique, le jeu est découpé en deux parties possédant chacune trois périodes historiques. Vous pourrez traverser tous les temps forts de la Ville Lumière.

Christine Dodos-Ungerer, conceptrice, et Juanma Gomez, illustrateur, proposent quelques 23 séquences chronologiques, 200 illustrations couleurs et de nombreux jeux et cartographies vous plongeant davantage dans le Paris d'avant. Saurez-vous différencier les devantures du palais du Luxembourg, des chapelles de la Sorbonne et du Val-de-Grâce ?

Télécharger gratuitement:

En un clic, téléchargez gratuitement chaque chapitre dans un format optimisé pour dessiner ou obtenir l’intégralité du livre-jeux et partez à la découverte de l’incroyable histoire de la fabrication de Paris et de sa métropole !





De Lutèce au Grand Palais 2/2
Christine Dodos-Ungerer
illustrations: Juanma Gomez
Pavillon de l'Arsenal


 Éducation:

Livre sur l’histoire et l’actualité du Grand Paris destiné aux juniors, De Lutèce au Grand Paris raconte de façon pédagogique et ludique les grands moments de l’évolution de Paris et la métropole, ses architectures et la vie de ses habitants.

Conçu par Christine Dodos-Ungerer et illustré par Juanma Gomez ce livre jeux au visuel très agréable donne aux étudiants et enseignants ou famille. accès à une multitude de notions liées à l’architecture, à la vie des habitants ainsi qu’à toutes les anecdotes qui ont participé à la construction de l’histoire de Paris.

C’est au rythme de petits textes explicatifs, d’illustrations et de nombreux jeux que les étudiants et les enseignants, les enfants et leurs parents, baigneront au cœur de l’histoire de la capitale.

Divers petits jeux permettant de tester la compréhension de vos étudiants et de vos enfants tout en mettant en œuvre leurs connaissances.


Apprenez chez-vous... en vous amusant !

G-Souto
14.05.2020
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Saturday, May 9, 2020

Stay At Home Europe Day ! Let´s enjoy & learn ! #TogetherweareEurope






#EuropeDay
#TogetherweareEurope

Today May 9 is Europe Day !  It's an occasion to celebrate peace and unity in Europe.

Each year, the EU institutions in Brussels open their doors to the public for celebrations and activities, while EU Delegations around the world organise events throughout the whole month of May. 
Due to the Coronavirus crisis, there will be no open doors events in Brussels or in the Delegations to celebrate Europe Day this year. The ongoing crisis leaves no room for social gatherings, and our thoughts go out to all those who are fighting against the virus or suffering because of it.


However, we will still be marking this day, especially since this year we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration - a powerful statement made by the French foreign minister Robert Schuman who initiated the process of European integration on 9 May 1950.



Schumann exhibition online

When a long-planned exhibition celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Schuman Declaration could no longer take place in European cities, the European Parliament Archives worked with Europeana to bring the exhibition to life online – in 24 languages. 
This is an opportunity for citizens to learn about the day-to-day work of the institutions, as well as the broader issues, challenges and benefits of the European Union for its 508 million citizens.



Education:

For many European students it's not well known, but since 1985, Europe has its own day Europe Dayt to celebrate the specific character of Europe. The unique European mix of numerous different languages, countries, regions, food, music; all in a rather small geographical location; that constitutes Europe.

This Europe Day is like no other. Across Europe and around the world we are stuck in confinement, isolated behind closed borders, in homes behind closed doors. And yet in this we are together like never before.

"Together in our shared feeling of concern for the sick and bereaved and in our admiration and gratitude to those on the front line saving lives and bringing us essential services, often at great risk to themselves."






Resources:

Teachers and students will find interesting facts and activities:

  • Europe in the World online quiz : TogetherWeAreEUrope is a fun quiz that will test your knowledge in 4 European Union topics.
  • Europe Day in Music : Well-known European orchestras and choirs have shared the videos of their beautiful performances to celebrate Europe Day, spreading a message of solidarity, unity and peace.





700 children sing on the notes of the most famous air of Turandot "Nessun dorma".

Despite the lockdown and limitations to our everyday life, children across Europe wish to send a strong message: only all together we can manage to defeat this health emergency. In a virtual choir created by Europa InCanto
(link is external)




Join this Stay At Home Europe Day from home and immerse yourself in hours of culture, information, entertainment and more. 

Sit back, enjoy and keep safe!

G-Souto

09.05.2020
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