2010 Global Education Conference

Primary Source

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TITLE: Engaging Students in Micro-Finance: Forging a Global Connection
PRESENTER: Jeff Shea, Belmont High School (United States of America)
TIME: GMT Fri 19 Nov 2010 04:00PM (click for international time conversions)
SESSION ROOM:CLICK HERE to enter the Elluminate session room, open one hour before session.
FORMAT: Presentation
SHORT DESCRIPTION: Micro-finance, or micro-credit, has gained momentum over the last quarter century since Muhammad Yunus came up with the idea of loaning money to the poorest people in the world. I incorporate micro-finance into a unit I teach called The Global Economy: An Interconnected Planet because micro-finance has proven to be not only a powerful way to help people out of poverty, but it also connects humans throughout the world. In this presentation, I will share a 3 day, student-centered mini-project on micro-finance that engages students and allows them to drive their own learning. The project incorporates the use of technology and is centered around the organization Kiva, an online micro-lending website.
WEBSITE: http://www.kiva.org/
TRACK: Teacher