Summer 2011 Opportunities from Primary Source

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Global Read: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
Live online discussion * May 12th * 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. EST
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Join Primary Source and co-author Bryan Mealer for a free worldwide book discussion of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, the story of young man (William Kamkwamba) whose determination and invention brought electricity and running water to his village in Malawi.

"The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is the inspiring story of a young man in Africa who used the only resources available to him to build a windmill and elevate the lives and spirits of those in his community. William Kamkwamba's achievements with wind energy should serve as a model of what one person, with an inspired idea, can do to tackle the crisis we face. His book tells a moving and exciting story."

— Al Gore, former Vice President and Nobel Laureate

Teaching about Afghanistan through Primary Sources
Free webinar for K-12 educators
Wednesday, April 27
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. EDT

Join Primary Source for a webinar about teaching with the rich resources within "Homeland Afghanistan," (, an online resource developed by the Asia Society. "Homeland Afghanistan" explores the geopolitical and cultural heritage of Afghanistan through a humanities perspective and tells the country's history through 75 video episodes, featuring leading experts and hundreds of paintings, literary works, photographs, and historical artifacts.

During this webinar, Primary Source will introduce K-12 educators to "Homeland Afghanistan" and highlight its diverse collection of primary sources. The webinar will suggest engaging classroom activities that use primary sources such as photographs, historical coins, paintings, and political cartoons to enhance students' understanding of Afghanistan's complex history and culture. Time for Q & A will be included. This webinar is free and open to all educators thanks to the generous support of The Asia Society.

Reserve your webinar seat now at:

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer

Online Courses on China for K-12 Educators

The Enduring Legacy of Ancient China (June 15-August 23)
10-Week Online Course * Open to All K-12 Educators

Changing China: History and Culture Since 1644 (June 15-August 23)
10-Week Online Course * Recommended especially for educators in grades 6-12
Explore China’s rich history and its relationship with the world in preparation to teach students about this economic and cultural powerhouse. Featuring live online chats with scholars, audio and video content, and more, these courses offer interactive learning opportunities on your own schedule. Each course also provides student-friendly tools and resources ready for use in your classroom.

Watch a short video here to learn more:
Two graduate credits are available per course. Participating educators also qualify for a study tour to China!

For more information or to register for a course, contact Abby Detweiler ( or visit

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