Global Junior Challenge 2012


Organic Garden Dream


Project Location
Country: Taiwan
City: Kaohsiung
Organization Name: 
Blackboard Collaborate
Organization Type: 
Project Type
ICT for environmental sustainability
Project Description
Description Frase
We use ICT to connect youth from the world through organic garden projects to reduce and reuse leftovers for compost and rebirth in our organic garden to solve environmental issue and food shortage.
Project Summary
Use ICT to connect the youth on our organic garden dream. In 2006, Abel Machado School from Brazil started organic garden project. It is under Elluminate Fire and Ice guidance. In 2008, Burkina Faso got the award of Elluminate Fire And Ice. eClassroom -in- a- box after Brazil. In 2008 Sep., we started a new team: Taiwan, Mali, Turkey, Israel, Indonesia, Japan, Uzbekistan, Solomon, and Cuba. Due to the financial issue, Elluminate Fire and Ice no longer provided any classroom -in-a-box, but they still gave us free VC room. We are a brand new team, continued their project and developed. At the beginning, I was Asia-Pacific coordinator, worked with Stace Wills, Ellumninate Fire and Ice global coordinator. In Feb 2009, Claude, from France visited Cuba. It's a good opportunity to connect Cuba. Cuba team only had snail mails, Stace provided the equipments for VC himself, and Claude tried his best to help this first Live Event. With the help from French Alliance and Embassy, we challenged this impossible mission for over a week. Finally, we met on line and wrote the history. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIV0XgR4j_Q It was a project of ICT connecting rural and underprivileged communities at the beginning. All we have is free VC room. In 2009, I was in charge of this project. I started to invite a co-worker, Sounkalo from Mali. We hosted this project together since Feb 2009. In 2010, I invited eTwinning Ambassador Eric to be my second co-host. In 2010, Elluminate was sold to Blackboard, and Stace left Elluminate. I asked the new company for free VC room support. We are like an orphan, if we can not get free VC support, we can not afford it, and how can we continue this ICT directing collaboration? Many friends from the world tried to help us. Fortunately, Steve Hargadon from the States, continued providing us free Blackboard Collaborate VC room generously. We were survived. Now, we have over 25 countries catch our dream together.
How long has your project been running?
Objectives and Innovative Aspects
What opportunities/problems does the project address and what are its specific objectives?
Global food shortage will become the greatest crisis in the near future. We need to educate the students to treasure what we have, to maintain our environment and keep it going. In order to improve our health, we need to be aware of using chemicals, and save our food source. Respect the food and use recycling system to create a non-chemical life. Using ICT collaboration, we collect more teachers and students to work for our organic garden dream.
After 2009 GJC, eTtwinning France Ambassador Eric introduced more eTtwinning Ambassadors to join us, Cathy from UK, Tatjana from Slovenia, Maria from Greece, and Italian teachers Monica and Rossella, India teacher Deepak. Charles-Henri from France also connected Cecelia from Costa Rica, and Chili educational bureau to join our VC. From my different projects, more teachers would like to use ICT on collaboration. There are Sharafat from Azerbaijan; Buket, Funda and Yesim from Turkey; Nadeem from Pakistan; Zebo from Tajikistan; Alusine from Sierra Leone; Suwako from Kenya (she is a Japanese teacher who built a school in Kenya)
From 2010-2011, Amy from the States had A.L.S. and stopped the collaboration. Virginia from Nyirrpi School Australia recovered from cancer and back to our team. They encouraged me a lot. Solomon islands also had big challenge. They stopped all of the educational projects forever. This is a small world but big challenge. Something growing; some declined.
After 2009 GJC, the media in Taiwan had reports for us, and we got the support from Environmental Protection Bureau. They built a small green house for us, so that the students can do some experimental and control vegetables growing. We had a warm interview at our garden. http://youtu.be/5I4loW1K11w After they joined our VC, Colombia and Turkey also got the support from the Environmental Protection Bureau. We again united more strength, and refreshed our team. http://youtu.be/6NA0QxGdnn8 
How and with which instruments does the project try to achieve its specific objectives?
We try to get the awareness of people, it’s a global problem of food shortage, and climate change affected every living life. We must face and solve it ASAP, and then our new generation can have a better life than they will meet. Also, we’d like to combine the strength from community and government as well as schools to create a harmonic society. Let the organic gardening techniques transfer to the school campus. We can connect the agriculture schools to support on the techniques. It’s only a small demonstrated garden, and we can let it become a community school. Use VC work report connection, the media and the governments started to take more care about our organic garden teams. Make good use of ICT to teach the students and collect more people to work for our environmental issue. We are living in the same boat, it’s our responsibility to do something for our mother land, and organic is a way to save the world. It’s not only a dream, we are realizing it
Please explain what is unique or special in your project.
Students had monthly VC work report and ppt presentation, it’s interesting and creative. They learned to make organic fertilizer and compost with leftovers or throw away vegetables from the kitchen. It’s kind of recycling. It can reduce garbage and avoid wasting food and pollution from over-produced trash. We exchanged our vegetables growing and compost experiences with VC discussion. http://youtu.be/_ZSV_5IyPWs Make good use of ICT on project development. http://www.youtube.com/user/Taiwanfxm
Describe the results achieved by your project. 
At the beginning, the students needed to work under sunshine, did weeding job, worked with dirt, and bad smell from the fertilizer… They were not willing to do it, but after the first harvest, things changed… they knew no pains no gains. After they knew our voluntary interpreter Daniel from Argentina, they would like to be Daniel 2nd. He is the student's mentor. The new students learned from the old ones, they are not only interested in garden work but raised the insects they found in our garden. It is an interesting switch. Live is uncertain and vividly, even the small world in our organic vegetables garden. You never know what will happen and you even can’t expect the achievement from it. It’s full of challenge. We went through it, and see the future from our small world. It’s amazing, and our team treasured the opportunity to work together. More and more countries joined us, we built our organic garden dream together. The teachers from different countries encouraged the students. We are like families. During our orphan time, the old friends tried their best to help us. TIG supported us as usual, http://fireandice.tiged.org/GlobalOrgGard1 We are not alone and very lucky to get assistance. Moreover, VC collaboration let our students learn to make good use of ICT. They became my good assistants on hosting the VC. Now, I can’t have VC without them. The stories behind the collaboration are more attractive. We had school to school visits. In 2010, Turkiye students knew we would join a conference in Turkey, they invited all of my 14 students to stay with them. This is brother and sister’s love. Like Cuba and France team, we had a VC from Huris' school. We developed a visiting VC. This summer, Huri and her students will visit us and I’ll visit Colombia. Colombia team started with recycling and now they have their organic garden and unite the community to work on it. http://youtu.be/8iBQn-xtjVA We are planning to have a visit VC again.
How many users interact with your project monthly and what are the preferred forms of interaction?
At the beginning, our team only had 8 countries. But there is no expense support, some countries left; more passionate facilitators joined. For example, Cuba, Colombia, Argentina joined us in different key times. The team grows naturally with new members. Quality is more important than quantity, and good project can be proved to worth waiting. We have over 20 countries participate now, use Blackboard VC,TIG, eTwinnig to communicate with. That is the best way to keep the project working.
How has the project improved the quality of educational and/or training services?
Some countries which expect to have financial support will leave, and who works with interest and passion will stay. How to promote the motivation is the most important issue, it influenced the success of project and affected the result. We often had on line VC presentations. Every time we gave the participants one target to achieve. The students are excited to meet their collaborators and talked about the problems they faced, they are not alone, they have companions. They got great improvement and showed their achievement with presentation and communicate via VC. Besides, they know more different cultures, respect others, share the experiences, and make friends. The benefit is un-estimated. Once they get it, they won't quit.
How has the project improved the participation of professionals, children, youth and other stakeholders?
We use Elluminate VC system and TIG educational website to connect the students and teachers. I recorded all of the VC, and made the films for them, showed them on Youtube. http://www.youtube.com/user/Taiwanfxm The participants are glad to see their presentations and efforts on Youtube. VC is an important tool for the participants to communicate with. Without it, the activity will not to be so vivid and interesting. Now, the participants, both teachers and students are good at ppt making, and some started their film making, too. Australia students made their first film, It is so touchable. http://youtu.be/lm3H2xx4PGE My students also made a film for their organic interviews. It's a great challenge for the students to organize their work in a film and the most convinced words to prove their achievement. They learned to make ppt first, then control VC slides show during the VC, now speak out with films. You can see ICT using improvement on their organic garden job.
How do you measure (parameters) the results of your project?
We had a topic before every VC, and prepare in advance. The topic should concern about the progress that we made. The participants use ppt to show their achievement on the project. We had compost, soil, insects, discussion and harvest reports... Every team should start from the beginning. Sometimes we can’t achieve the goal in time, but we can make up next time---consider the different situations and encourage one another. We are not in competition but collaborate to achieve our team work.
What is the full duration of your project (from beginning to end)?: 
More than 6 years
What is the approximate total budget for your project (in Euro)?: 
Less than 10.000 Euro
We asked for free VC room support from Blackboard Collaborate only. They are willing to help us. We don't need any money on it. It's all volunteer work.
Is your project economically self sufficient now?: 
Since when?: 
When is it expected to become self-sufficient?: 
Has your project been replicated/adapted elsewhere?: 



Where? By whom?: 
This project was from Brazil. Elluminate Fire and Ice supported Brazil and Burkina Faso, but they did not continue this work. I only had one VC with Brazil school, that is their report before I knew them, no new report. Since Elluminate had financial problem, they did not support any school after 2008. They asked me to take it over, continue the project. I invited my friends to join it. They are all from iEARN---International Education And Resource Network. We did project with the way of self-sufficient. Sometimes we asked for help from community or government technically, not economically. For example, I asked Taiwan Embassy to provide seeds for Solomon DLCP, Distance Learning Center. France Embassy helped on Cuba VC. Our school got the skills of making liquid fertilizer from a Buddhist foundation and the Environment Bureau in my county set the fertilizer system for us.
1. http://youtu.be/wNJSFnuUXBU
2. http://youtu.be/ByejnBqK0VQ
3. http://youtu.be/g4nfac4fKlU
After 2009 GJC---we are in the finalist, the media had interview with my students,
1. http://youtu.be/6XP-kWKL3gY
2. http://youtu.be/aLtdLybzGYc
3. http://youtu.be/KRJWu0h_Uf0
4. http://youtu.be/CwVh4euvlsM
5. http://youtu.be/3K_iDcKofk4
We attracted more people on our organic garden dream. Eric introduced more eTwinning teachers to join us, they are all excellent. It is interesting, the green house from Italian team is similar to ours. It is a dream to combine more strength to achieve a better world. No matter where you are or who you are, we worked together for our land. It is the dream we developed from the original two schools Elluminate Fire and Ice eClassroom-in-a-box.</p>
What lessons can others learn from your project? (max. 750 characters): 
Use ICT to connect more teachers and students, develop our dream to improve a better life, find free ICT organization to support on education.
1. Leftover recycling.
2. organic food---no chemicals
3. organic fertilizer production
4. climate change---different countries grow the same vegetables at the same time or different time to find the climate change
5. To combine the strength of community and school.
6. To find the help around us.
7. Projects without economic support can still be existed.
8. Respect our food, growing vegetables with leftovers and organic way.
9. Caring about our next generation and environmental issue is a must-do job.
http://youtu.be/ByejnBqK0VQ http://youtu.be/g4nfac4fKlU
Are you available to help others to start or work on similar projects?: 
Background Information
Barriers and Solutions
The stories behind our collaboration are more precious. Each story has its own challenge, especially the new free VC room getting...numerous barriers. The hardest challenge will be achieved after the worst barrier. We achieved some impossible missions. From the first seeds issue in Solomon islands to Cuba team http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIV0XgR4j_Q. Colombia students had an Organic Garden dream, everyone helped them. http://youtu.be/8iBQn-xtjVA That is the amazing of collaboration. Some of our collaborated schools had internet connection problem. The unsteady internet connection is our barrier, but we tried our best to make the student's presentation VC happen. Our final work report is an example. Organic Garden work report on May 24th 2011---Part II-Q& A http://youtu.be/_ZSV_5IyPWs People knew what we did, and try their best to help us. That's the warmest moment. When we want to do something meaningful, the whole world will help us.
Future plans and wish list
If we could, all of the teams joined the VC at a certain time. It’s another challenge for 20 countries, but we made it and enjoyed routine reports with this big family. As to disconnected countries, Cuba’s example is my solution. They sent me files, and I made ppt, films for them. They had a place to speak out. http://youtu.be/7IuUfhfWK0A We had many films and ppt from different countries. We used VC to strengthen our friendship and keep the project working. That’s the student’s motivation, too. They had a bridge to connect the world. We are so lucky to have Blackboard Collaborate as our support. We’d like to promote more schools from rural areas to urban miracles. Organic Garden dream is a dream to solve environmental issue that we could find and to protect our only Earth. Let’s have a better life in the future. Use our motto “Just do it” to achieve this mission. The barriers we face in the future will be always tough, but we will solve it together and create different miracles.


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