MY HERO First Steps Learning Circle: 5 Week Session

The MY HERO Global Learning Circles is a partnership with iEARN (International Education and Resource Network)

For those teachers and students who are new to iEARN and online collaborative project work, the 5 week MY HERO First Steps is an opportunity to get a sampling of the MY HERO Learning Circle. Using technology, students learn about young global heroes and honor heroes in their own community while teachers connect with other educators.

MY HERO Learning CIrcles
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MY HERO Learning Circle Timeline - 5 Week Session

Week 1: Opening the Circle

Introduction to the collaboration centre and the MY HERO website.


Teachers share a photo of themself with class in their classroom to post on the project forum in the collaboration centre.

Week 2:

Class surveys shared, filled out and responses posted on the forum.

Teachers register on the MY HERO Website.

Week 3:


Participants share the results of surveys with their class. What questions or comments do students have about the information shared in other classes surveys?


Teachers share the essay How to Choose Your Hero with students, have a class discussion about who is a hero and the difference between a hero and a celebrity. Share your students' thoughts in the forum.

Link to PDF: How to Choose Your Hero

Link to Web version How to Choose Your Hero in the MY HERO Forum

Recommended Activity: Students watch one or both of the following films. 

Watch the film The Last Straw about Milo Cress who was concerned about the millions of straws that pollute waterways and harm ocean creatures. With the help of friends, he convinces restaurants to "go straw-free. Milo takes his fight all the way to Capitol Hill. 

The Last Straw

Lynne Cherry

Nine-year-old Milo Cress is concerned about the millions of straws that pollute waterways, waste fossil-fuel resource and harm ocean creatures. 

Words Have Power

Produced by:Lynne Cherry

10-year-old Jaysa rallies the community with her speeches about how the power plant causes asthma and “so much suffering.

Watch the film Words Have Power about Jaysa is a young girl from Bridgeport, Connecticut who speaks out at public hearings and helps catalyze the opposition to the coal-fired power plant that is causing her asthma. She addresses the environmental injustices in her community and reflects on the power a single voice can have on creating positive change. 

Week 4:


Respond to questions - classes’ answers posted online in forum.


What did students think about the films? What is something they would like to see changed? How can they make a difference?

Week 5:

Students post a few sentences about who their personal hero is in The MY HERO Project Guestbook.


Concluding posts, teachers/students say goodbye and Circle closes.

Teachers fill out post project survey.



Links to MY HERO Website and Resources

MY HERO Website
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Educator QuickStart Guide
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MY HERO Teachers Room
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Short Films that Introduce MY HERO 

Short Video about the MY HERO Project

The MY HERO Short Promo
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A short video overview of registering and starting a classroom project in the new MY HERO Teacher's Room.

Teachers Room
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Tutorials on How to Create Story, Art, Film, and Audio Pages on            MY HERO

Using the Create Program to Publish Original Artwork

By: Laura Nietzer
Tutorial for Students

Using the Create Program to Upload and Publish Audio

By: Laura Nietzer
Tutorial for Students

Use the Create Program to Upload Films and Videos

By: Laura Nietzer
Tutorial For Students

How to Use the Create Program to Write and Submit a Story

By: Laura Nietzer
Tutorial for Students

Essay to Share with Students about How to Choose a Hero

Link to an Essay to Share with Students before Choosing their Hero

How Should we Choose our Heroes Essay
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Calendar and Monthly Lesson Plan Resource Links

Link to Curated Lesson Plan Resources to Use Throughout the School Year

Teachers Room Lesson Plan Organizer
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Additional Resource Links

UN Sustainable Development Goals
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ECA Virtual Exchange Toolkit
Credit: Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs

Organizer created on 12/16/2019 4:48:54 PM by Laura Nietzer

Last edited 9/7/2021 11:00:48 AM by Laura Nietzer