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Blog Action Day 08: Free Rice

October 15, 2008

Today is Blog Action Day 2008. The theme this year is poverty, and there have already been some great posts made on the topic, including some stunning photo blogs.

I thought I’d use my post as a chance to let you know about an update to the brilliant Free Rice website that I blogged about last November. For those who don’t already know, this is a site that asks you questions and every time you get an answer right, 20 grains of rice are donated through the UN World Food Program. As well as doing good, the site has also been updated to offer a wider range of topics. You can now do your bit to help fight poverty while answering questions on:

LANGUAGE LEARNING

French

German

Italian

Spanish

MATH

Multiplication Table

In fact… why not go the whole hog and set the site as homework? The questions do ‘learn’ as you progress and do get a bit harder… but they shouldn’t be too taxing… and it might even encourage a bit of ‘cross-curricular’ learning. (Actually, I’m tempted to see if the school could use it as a detention exercise rather than the traditional ‘writing-out-the-rules’… imagine, pupils doing something positive and meaningful in detention — and then multiply that by every school in the world…)

Anyway… today is Blog Action Day, and I encourage each of you to get busy to help raise the profile of this very worthwhile activity!

PS: Before you ask, 1,000 grains in one session!
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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 15, 2008 11:03 am

    World Hunger Year co-founder Bill Ayers will be my guest on News Talk Online on Paltalk.com at 5 PM New York time today to talk about World Food Day.

    Please go to my blog at http://www.garybaumgarten.com and click on the link to the show to talk to Ayers.

    Thanks.

  2. October 15, 2008 11:19 am

    indeed. i love freerice. 🙂 i try to make it a point to play daily. i also put up its banner on my blog (as well as that of kiva and goodsearch).

    true, if only schools could make use of it for something. imagine all those kids playing at once…

    and it actually pushes you with words that are right at the edge of your comfort zone. 🙂

    saw this post via the front page of blog action day. it’s great that you’re participating. 🙂

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