So What Is Shout?
Shout invites educators and students to take an active role in global environmental issues.
Connect online to interact with experts in the field, share ideas, and collaborate with people around the world who, like you, are committed to solving environmental challenges. Shout gives participants a framework for success, with resources and tools for exercising social responsibility while building the 21st-century skills of collaboration, innovation, and critical thinking. When students are connected through technology and empowered to build activities in their own way the learning experience extends far beyond the four walls of a classroom. Check out the participants on the map and take your own stand in making the world a better place. Now that’s something to shout about!
The Shout program offers:
• Online events hosted by the Smithsonian Institution that feature some of the world’s leading scientists and environmental experts as well as representatives of other fields who bring diverse perspectives to the issues at hand. Sessions can be watched live in real time or in archived format in order to accommodate all time zones.
• Access to Microsoft’s Partners in Learning Network, a global community of educators who value innovative uses of information and communication technology, in order to share environmental education resources, experiences, and best practices with teachers around the world.
• Engagement of students in TakingITGlobal's online community, which provides resources, action tools, as well as the complimentary use of content-rich virtual classrooms and collaboration spaces designed to deepen environmental understanding and stewardship, enhance the development of 21st century skills, and facilitate continued communication with Smithsonian experts.
• A web portal that ties these elements together and provides access to additional tools and resources to support a range of “student challenges” – calls for deeper involvement that can range from capturing and sharing scientific data to developing youth-led initiatives for positive change.
Together, these components support a number of environmentally-themed focuses to frame our understanding of our relationships and interactions with the natural world: Live, Study, Change, Sustain, Value and Celebrate. Each focus connects students and teachers to a live event, teacher networking, and student collaborations focused around a specific theme, and presents students with challenges designed to deepen their learning and engagement. Shout is at once a program framework and a call to action. Join us and make your voice heard.
About the Collaboration
The Smithsonian is on the threshold of a new era, when the formidable strengths of this 164-year-old Institution – the world’s largest museum and research complex, unique in its scope and unparalleled in its holdings – converge with the tremendous innovation that technology makes possible. We’re committed to seizing the moment by bringing our vast resources to bear in powerful ways on the critical problems of the world. Smithsonian content experts and educators are working together to create models and methods of innovative informal education that link to the formal education system. Through Shout, we use interactive, Web-based technologies to encourage continuous exploration by learners of all ages. Learn more about the Smithsonian or register for the Shout web conference series.
Partners in Learning is a 10-year, nearly $500 million commitment by Microsoft to help education systems around the world. Since its inception in 2003, the Partners in Learning program has reached more than 196 million teachers and students in 114 countries. Supporting the program is the online Partners in Learning Network, one of the world’s largest global professional networks for educators, connecting millions of teachers and school leaders around the world in a community of professional development. Join the Partners in Learning network.
TakingITGlobal (TIG) provides innovative global education programs that empower youth to understand and act on the world's greatest challenges. Often described as a "social network for social good," the award-winning www.tigweb.org is available in 13 languages and offers a diverse set of educational resources and action tools intended to inspire, inform and involve. Since being founded as a charity by two young Canadians in 2000, 40 million people have accessed the website to learn, grow and realize their potential. Visit the Shout Global Classroom on TIG today to connect with Smithsonian experts, engage with participating classrooms from around the world, and share and explore student work.