The Kiva Project- update

 

Josefina

We didn’t get to help Kevin Orlando because he got funded. We hope that his future is fortuitous. We then chose Josefina from the Phillipines and she needs 1025$ to buy organic fertilizers. We were the last funders and she has been now fully funded. We hope that her crops sell, and that we get our loan back in the near future.

Skjermbilde 2016-12-16 kl. 09.46.54.png

The Philippines

The Philippines’ location on the Pacific Ring of Fire and close to the equator makes the Philippines prone to earthquakes and typhoons, but also endows it with abundant natural resources and some of the world’s greatest biodiversity. The land is considered to be an emerging market and a newly industrialized country, which has an economy transitioning from being one based on agriculture to one based more on services and manufacturing.

Pros and cons of loaning   

There are many benefits of this, such as:

  • The woman gets a chance to develop her plants farm
  • She can make sure her crops get better support
  • We have the satisfaction of helping someone out

However, there are still some things we should take under consideration:

  • There is a risk that we might not get our money back
  • Her farm might not benefit as much as we would like

Looking over both the pros and cons, we can summarize that there are more advantages than disadvantages. There is always a risk in everything we do, but this case is worth it.

We hope that Josefina receives a loan of $1025 so he can buy organic fertilizer and pay to maintain her farm to provide it better support and improve its production, and that she and her family gets a better life.

Written with Ingrid, Sondre and Mathias

Advertisements

The Kiva Project

What is Kiva?

Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. They celebrate and support people looking to create a better future for themselves, their families and their communities. By lending as little as $25 on Kiva, anyone can help a borrower start or grow a business, go to school, access clean energy or realize their potential. For some, it’s a matter of survival, for others it’s the fuel for a life-long ambition. 100% of every dollar you lend on Kiva goes to funding loans. Kiva covers costs primarily through optional donations, as well as through support from grants and sponsors.

skjermbilde-2016-12-16-kl-10-11-15

“Not only are you empowering people who are living in poverty to make meaningful choices for basic human rights, you are also helping children to understand their responsibility to give back to the global community and appreciate the quality of life they enjoy.” New York times.

 

Pros and cons of loaning   

There are many benefits of this, such as:

  • The young man gets a chance to develop his coffee farm
  • He can make sure his crops get better support
  • We have the satisfaction of helping someone out

However, there are still some things we should take into consideration:

  • There is a risk that we might not get our money back
  • His farm might not benefit as much as we would like

Looking over both the pros and cons, we can summarize that there are more advantages than disadvantages. There is always a risk in everything we do, but this case is worth it.

 

Facts about Honduras

Honduras, officially known as the Republic of Honduras, is a republic in Central America. The currency of Honduras is called The Honduran Lempira and the currency code is HNL. In 2010 50% of the honduran population were under the poverty line. In rural areas six out of ten households live in extreme poverty, or on less than 25 US dollars per day. Honduras was declared a heavily indebted poor country by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund as of January 2012. Honduras is also inclined to experience hurricanes and droughts.

We hope that Kevin Orlando receives a loan of $675 so he can buy fertilizer and pay to maintain his coffee farm to provide it better support and improve its production, and that he and his family gets a better life.

Sources:

https://www.kiva.org/about

http://www.xe.com/currency/hnl-honduran-lempira

http://www.worldbank.org/en/country/honduras/overview#3

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heavily_indebted_poor_countries

Written by: Me, Ingrid, Mathias and Sondre

Dear President-elect Donald Trump, why climate change is the single greatest threat to a sustainable future

Dear Donald Trump,

The world is currently quite unstable and the US authorities are under a lot of pressure. This is a result of the recent US election, uncertainty as to what The Paris Agreement will bring, and the big discussion on climate change. I am dedicating this post to you, in order to inform you why the last issue mentioned above, is the single greatest threat to a sustainable future. Considering your negative opinion on this topic, I will try to bring you the alarming details, in hope that you might reevaluate your theory.

yucytf1v9yogf4juqettd5orywavl62eobuf6j_mstnba_ia-bper8ba0ebiuvi7f18nt8dyyvuyyhkvg6jvum4qrtz12facgqfxokwbxsu9t12493g8i4m4txnxue_kxbdnwhcf

Dear Donald Trump,

There is nothing easier than denying the existence of something, especially if it doesn’t have a noticeably big impact on our everyday life. Why then bother dealing with it? An opinion such as this one is unacceptable for a person with such big responsibility as yours.

Global warming is real, and it is happening at the speed of lightning. Melting icebergs, far too warm winters, higher wildlife extinction rates and higher sea levels are just a few of the thousands of consequences. We don’t even need scientific proof for some of these statements: all you need to do is to ask anyone over the age of 50, and they will all tell you “In my times, winter in Norway meant nearly 1m high snow and around -15 degrees Celcius on the thermometer. What we have now, can’t really be compared to the real definition of winter”. Do we really need more proof? Aren’t sentences such as these alarming enough?

trump-climate-change-eco-companion

Dear Donald Trump,

Our world is in danger, and no-one’s personal beliefs should decide whether or not we will try to save it. The title you are about to receive doesn’t only give you the RIGHT to change things, but actually, you have the RESPONSIBILITY to do so. Your job is to steer the country, and you should step away and let the scientists and the experts analyze the level of dangerousness. My message to you is please, reconsider this issue and try to notice how it is slowly but surely destroying our beautiful planet Earth.

My advice to the Minister of Education (application)

Dear Torbjørn Røe Isaksen,

You’re probably thinking that I’m just another disgruntled student, upset about the 10% absence limit. Well, don’t get me wrong- I am disappointed about the policy; however, that’s not what I want to focus on in this blogpost.

School. I suppose this is a term to which you can relate and which has enormous meaning to you. Technology. Technology and school. Sound familiar? These words have a stronger relationship than one might expect.

On Friday the 28th of October, my English class joined our teacher at a conference held by NHO in Oslo, Norway. Ann Michaelsen spoke about teaching and education with a focus on technology, while others also shared their thoughts on the subject of school and learning. I have to admit that I left the building with a totally different perspective on the importance of ICT in schools.

Sandvika Videregående Skole, which is the high school I attend, places an enormous focus on using PCs in classes. Although there are undoubtedly flaws with the system that is currently in place, I believe that the pros certainly outweigh the cons and that the use of PCs and technology in the classroom serves to enhance our learning.

6359166120557343331796678965_camera-technology-to-assist-your-property-inspection-app

Starting off with the benefits. Instead of carrying 2kg heavy paperbacks to school every day, we have the opportunity to use digital books in our learning. On the app we can make bookmarks, listen to the text aloud and write annotations to specific paragraphs. Computer in general make everything happen easier, faster and are more convenient. Getting quick feedback from the teacher or checking the work for plagiarism has never been easier!

Another central advantage of having PCs available in classrooms is the direct access they provide to social media, which also has the potential to enhance our learning when used effectively. I love using Twitter in our English classes. It is a wonderful way to communicate with the world without having to leave the room. These social media platforms provide me with the opportunity to have good communication with other students and the teacher, which makes the learning much quicker and more effective.

One of the most principal and influential ways of using the internet to learn is by writing a blog. Knowing that my posts will be out on the internet being read by many different people, only boosts my motivation to put in a lot of work when creating them. Reading other blogs inspires me and helps me to decide what I should include in my own posts.

Thanks to OneNote, taking notes in class has never been easier. We have many options for organizing our documents and those students with interactive screens have the opportunity to take notes by writing directly on the screen. In addition, PressReader is phenomenal for those interested in keeping up to date with the latest news. All the newspapers in one place- literal heaven for teachers! I love the idea myself because I can use the articles in so many convenient ways.

I could go on and on about the benefits of a digital classroom. The power contained in technology is enormous nowadays, why then exclude students from all the opportunities it carries? The world is gradually moving forward and so should the school systems.

However, we should at least be aware of some of the potential limitations or drawbacks that relying on PCs can result in.  One of the disturbing drawbacks could be limiting opportunities for students to learn proper grammar, punctuation, spelling and handwriting skills. While I certainly appreciate the fact that WORD automatically corrects the mistakes in  my texts, it does not necessarily provide me with the opportunity to research and learn these things for myself. The convenience of spell check probably means that I still won’t be able to spell the word correctly in the future, which probably means that I haven’t actually learned a single thing.

Another relevant flaw is the potential for teachers to lack proper ICT competencies. While some teachers are remarkably skilled in using PCs and make learning with them enjoyable, others have very few relevant skills. I am absolutely not blaming these teachers since many of them are still from the “pen and paper generation;” however, perhaps providing them with additional technology training would help students to get the most out of this type of education.

Last but not least, we have the good old (although equally important) issue of distraction. It literally takes 20 seconds to log onto Facebook and everything is gone- both the concentration as well as the ambition to do well in today’s class. And, if it is the last lesson of the day- forget it! How can we solve this problem? I really don’t understand why no one has done anything about this yet as there is nothing easier than blocking the famous Facebook, Netflix, Instagram while leaving the necessary sites open. One of the excuses might be that “Facebook is so easy to use when we have to send something in class,” but there are so many other ways in which we can do this.

And, as for mobile phones? Here it is the teacher’s responsibility to take charge. Every single teacher knows what the risk of having a phone on the desk is, but only a few of them have managed to deal with this problem effectively. Out of the 7 subjects I have, only two teachers have a routine- in one class we leave the phone on a desk by the door and in the other class we have to keep them in our bags under the desk. I must openly admit that those are the subjects in which I leave the class with a decent amount of knowledge.

Therefore, dear Minister of Education, my advice to you would be to focus on the three topics I mentioned above. I believe it would be worthwhile to offer every teacher a tutorial in the basics of ICT and provide some information as to how they can utilize laptops in their classrooms. I also assume that blocking distracting websites wouldn’t take too much effort…

In conclusion, teachers should be aware of the opportunities technology brings into our everyday lives. There are an infinite number of incredible and educational websites which can enhance our learning. Students, on the other hand, should know that laptops are practical for so much more than just watching movies. We should also learn the correct way of finding information, using sources and exploiting technical devices to their limits.

Road sign to  education and future

I imagine the classroom of the future with built-in desks, professional computers and other advantageous devices. The world is developing so fast that my grandchildren could be one of the first to experience this! I envision that already by 2026, schools will be paperless and technology will have provided smart alternatives. Maybe it will be laptops or tablets, or perhaps it will be something totally new! In this way, we not only benefit from saving the planet from a lack of trees but also expand our knowledge by using many beneficial programs.

We go to school to learn. I could equally well sit at home and do nothing, but going to school is my choice and my decision. This is the place that is supposed to prepare me for university and a career, to help me to achieve what I want in order to have a safe and happy future. This is exactly the reason why schools must be well equipped to prepare me for the challenges I will one day face out in the big world- a world where technology will undoubtedly play a major role in all of our lives.

My advice to the Minister of Education

Dear Torbjørn Røe Isaksen,

You’re probably thinking that I’m just another hateful student, angry about the unfortunate 10% absence limit. Well, don’t get me wrong- I am, indeed, extremely disappointed, but that’s not what I want to focus on in this blogpost.

School. Education. I suppose those are terms that you cam relate with and that have a enormous meaning to you. Technology. Technology in schools. Rings a bell? Well it should at least make some sense, as those two words have much more in common that one would expect them to have.

On Friday the 28th of October, my english class joined our teacher at a conference in NHO in Oslo, Norway. Ann spoke about teaching and education with focus on technology, while others also shared their thoughts on the subject of school and learning. I have to admit that I left that building with a totally different perspective on the importance of ICT in schools.

Sandvika Videregående Skole, which is the high school I attend, has an enormous focus on using PCs in classes. There isn’t a day where I wouldn’t be thinking of how tremendous, educational and futuristic the idea is. The pros overweigh the cons, but there are undoubtedly many flaws that someone should consider fixing.

6359166120557343331796678965_camera-technology-to-assist-your-property-inspection-app

One of the disturbing drawbacks, would be the the limited opportunity of learning proper grammar, punctuation, spelling and handwriting skills. While most of the time there are many advantages of word automatically correcting my texts, I would imagine that it isn’t very educative. Probably the day after that I still won’t be able to spell a certain word, what means that I actually haven’t learnt a single thing.

Another relevant flaw, would in my opinion, be the teachers lack of proper ICT competences. While some of them are remarkably skilled and working with them using laptops is a pleasure, others have quite little knowledge in that field. I am absolutely not blaming them in any way for that, since most of them are still the “pen and paper generation”. Maybe the solution to this, would simply be to offer technology training, and teaching them a way to get the most out of this type of education?

education.jpg

Last but not least, we have the good old, but equally important, distraction issue. It takes literally 20 seconds to log onto e.g. Facebook, and everything is gone- both the concentration, as well as the ambition to do well in today’s class. And if this is the last lesson of the day- oh my. How can we solve this problem? I really don’t understand why no one has done anything with this yet. There is nothing easier than blocking the famous Facebook, Netflix, Instagram, and leaving the necessary sites open. One of the excuses might be that “Facebook is so easy to communicate with, e.g., when we have to send something in class”, but there are so many other ways in which we can do this.

And as for the mobile phones? Here it is the teachers responsibility to take care of that. Every single teacher knows what the risk of having a phone on the desk is, but only few of them master this problem. Out of the 7 subjects I have, only two teachers have a routine- in one class we leave the phone on a desk by the door, and in the second class we have to keep them in our bags under the desk. I have to quite openly admit that those are the subject where I leave the class with actually a decent amount of knowledge.

Therefore, dear Minister of Education, my advice to you would be to focus on those 3 topics I mentioned above. A good idea would be to offer every teacher a tutorial on the ICT basics, and how they can make laptops useful in their classes. I assume blocking the distracting sites wouldn’t also be that much work.
Road sign to  education and future

We go to school to learn. I could equally well sit at home and do nothing, but going to school is my choice and my decision. This is the place which is making me ready for the university, work life, helping to achieve what I will in order to have a safe and happy future. This is exactly the reason why it has to be well adapted to what life might have in stock for me, and the requirements I will one day face out in the big world.

Media’s role in the US election

Yesterday, there was an annual charity dinner where the two president candidates, Hillary Clinton (D) and Donald Trump (R)  gave speeches. In this blogpost, I am going to explain how the networks and newspapers view at the debate can influence the articles.

7955718-3x2-700x467

I am going to start of by comparing two networks to see if they represent the democrats, the republicans or if they are neutral. I will find out if this will influence the election. I am comparing Fox News and CNN.foxnews

After yesterday’s charity dinner Fox News wrote an article about the dinner. Fox is a republican network and they are known for supporting Trump in the election. The headline in the article says “Trump jeered over personal attacks against Clinton at charity dinner”. This can be a way for the newspaper to make people feel sorry for Trump because he got a lot of criticism from the crowd. In the rest of the article, it feels like Fox News tries to make excuses for all the rude comments by saying that he only tried to be funny. “Some of Trump’s attack lines showed a sense of humor”. They also mention that he got one of the biggest cheers of the night when he joked about his wife speech at the Republican National Convention. By mentioning this they try to show that some of his jokes were a success.

cnn-svg

CNN is known for being a neutral newspaper in the US campaign, but in the article, they wrote about yesterday’s charity dinner it is clearly that they mean the Trumps behavior at the dinner was childish and rude. The headline says “Trump delivers harsh remarks on Clinton at charity dinner” which indicates that they did not like his behavior. This is clearly evident throughout the article. CNN is also criticizing Clinton. They say that Clinton’s remarks largely lacked the self-deprecating humor that is typical at the Al Smith dinner” and “Her remarks, too, included sharp shots at Trump.” Due to the fact that the network is criticizing both of the candidates it is easy to see that the network is neutral in the debate

Now lets focus on the articles written by newspapers “The Huffington Post” and “The Hill”. The biggest difference between them is not only who they support, but also the way they portrait events and their reference.huffington-post-logo-jpgThe Huffington Post is strongly supporting the democratic party. Already in the title of the controversial article, we notice their hatred to Donald Trump. They mean that the republican “made an ass of himself at the charity dinner”. Throughout the contentious article the writer mobs and makes fun of the candidate for president. In the text, there are used many quotes, where Trumps jokes about Hillary Clinton are pointed out.

   The last paragraph of the article, which is an editor’s note, shocked me noticeably. It reads:

“Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.”

I think this is where we get the real impression of what Huffington Posts meaning about the republican party is. The editor uses firm and appalling words, which make the reader clear on what they think about the candidate for president.

the-hill-events

The Hill

On the neutral side of the political debates, we have “The Hill” which is, according to VG, “The largest of the tentatively neutral political newspapers”. The article is very subtle and easy to read. It contains mainly a summary of the Al Smith Charity Dinner and doesn’t say anything controversial about either of the candidates. This is a good source for someone who is interested in the facts in general. This text also quotes many of Trumps mean jokes, but doesn’t comment on any of them, letting the reader form his own opinion.

clinton-vs-trump-1.jpg

In conclusion, there is a visible difference between how the media portraits the two candidates for president. Who and what they write about in their articles, depends mainly on their own opinion.

9/11- A day we will never forget

Exactly 15 years and 12 days ago, a series of terror attacks in Manhattan, New York occurred. The event was a huge concussion not only for America, but for the whole world. According to wikipedia, “The attacks killed 2,996 people and injured over 6,000 others and caused at least $10 billion in property and infrastructure damage and $3 trillion in total costs.”

timthumb-php

Today in english class, we watched a documentary called “9/11”. It is a 2 hour long film, showing the attacks from the point of view of firemen. The filmmakers were actually shooting a material about Tony Benetatos, a probationary firefighter from FDNY. The 11th of September 2001, was just supposed to be another day full of practice, but what happened later was never expected by anyone. This happening will forever stay in the memories of the survivors.

september-9-11-attacks-anniversary-ground-zero-world-trade-center-pentagon-flight-93-firefighters-rescuing_40008_610x343

The film contains real footage of the airplanes crashing into the towers, something which has only been caught on tape by maybe two other people. It is a great source to learn what really happened and realize what terror and hatred does to our world.

International education business Partnership Network (IPN) in Lillestrøm

Sandvika High School is one of the best schools in the Bærum municipality, as also one of the most open for technology institutions. Block scheduled timetables, digital books and using laptops in class is nothing unusual for students here. Despite such a big role of high tech in our learning, Sandvika manages to be a very sucessful place, where internation collaboration is, one can say, an everyday matter.

Therefore, my international english class is planning to attend the the International education business Partnership Network (IPN) in Lillestrøm, Norway. On Friday the 16th of September, some of my classmates are going to present how the global classroom works and what the idea of technology in school is. The point of this conference is to develop ICT as a tool for international Collaboration. Below, is a short description of the other speakers at the conference.

Ellen Therese Rasmussen:

Ellen Therese Rasmussen is one of the speakers joining us at the IPN conference. She is from a company called Union consult which is an engineering office working with counseling. Rasmussen is going to talk about something called Girls and Technology (GIT) which is a global non-profit focused on girls and women who are passionate about technology. GIT are working with getting more women into the technology industry and they have more than 50 000 members located around the world.

Evita Tasiopoulou

Evita Tasiopoulou has been working on Educational Projects since 2004 and she is a Project Manager at European Schoolnet. Evita has a big interest in schools pilot activities, schools-industry collaboration, space studies, gender issues and impact of remote laboratories. Evita is originally from Greece and she has a bachelor in Computer Systems Engineering from the University of Kent in Canterbury in the U.S. She has completed a 2 year course on Child Psychology as well.

Rick Hieb and NASA

hieb

Richard James Hieb is a former NASA astronaut and a veteran of three space shuttle missions. Rick Hieb is one of the most experienced astronauts in the USA. On one of his missions he set the world record in space walk. He was 8 hours and 29 minutes outside the spaceship. At the conference he will speak about: adventures in space, education and qualification program, exciting prospects for space exploration and space and civilian application.

NASA is short for National Aeronautics and Space Administration and is an independent agency of the United States Federal Government which is responsible for the civilian space program. Most US space exploration efforts have been led by NASA, including the Apollo moon-landing missions, the Skylab space station, and the Space Shuttle. NASA was established in 1958 by Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Sue Lederer:

IMG_1077

Sue Lederer is a engineer and scientist at NASA, she has a M.S and Ph.D in Astronomy and a B.S in mathematics and physics. When she took her BS at University of Wisconsin Eau Claire her professor caught her looking at the stars in the Phillips planetarium, and he offered her a student assistantship in the planetarium. The school gave her many experiences that lead her to her career. After the finished her BS she went to take a Ph.D in astronomy and now she is a space scientist for NASA.