writers / writing

#IWSG–Service Learning with simpleshow foundation

writers groupThis post is for Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group (click the link for details on what that means and how to join. You will also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge that are worth checking out. The first Wednesday of every month, we all post our thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.

This month, instead of answering the question, I want to share a community service opportunity that’s easy to do, requires no travel, costs nothing, will make a big difference in the international community–and gives you a valid reason to avoid writing for a few hours. I love that sort of activity!


This summer, simpleshow foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the world, in cooperation with the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC), is participating in a summer volunteer program to encourage everyone to promote the United Nations 17 Global Goals in support of the 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development:

In collaboration with the United Nations System Staff College, the simpleshow foundation has set up a volunteering program that aims to educate the world about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Using [the online tool] mysimpleshow, volunteers are encouraged to explain details and background of these 17 Global Goals of the Agenda 2030 in short and entertaining explainer videos. The program allows volunteers of all ages to gain a better grasp of the Agenda’s topics and help create a public understanding of the importance of these goals.

Volunteers can sign up at simpleshow-foundation.org

When you sign up, you choose a topic, access mysimpleshow, and create your explainer video.


Training content as well as tips and tricks on how to create a great explainer video are provided. After finishing the video, you can donate it to be featured on and distributed from simpleshow foundation’s channels.

About simpleshow foundation

The simpleshow foundation is a young nonprofit that seeks to build connections between the free knowledge available in the world and people who need to understand it. It was founded by Morten Sondergaard and Jens Schmelzle who believe that “sustainable change will be driven by education.” Together with a community of volunteer authors, simpleshow foundation has already produced around one hundred explainer videos and has shared them under a creative commons license. Aside from that, the foundation runs free video workshops for universities as well as educational projects in cooperation with Wikipedia.

How your child’s school can use this

Be aware: School guidelines vary depending upon their missions. Check with administrative personnel before relying on this service learning option as a method of fulfilling requirements.

Here are seven ways this project might fit into your child’s school needs for service learning and community service:

  • as an end-of-year project for students to connect them to other learners across the globe
  • for community service hours required for IB certificates or college applications
  • to gain perspective on other international cultures
  • as an optional class available to high school students preparing for college and career
  • for service learning high school credit; upon request, mysimpleshow foundation can provide a certificate for the hours dedicated to educating the world.
  • to comply with specific college scholarship requirements
  • in conjunction with integrating technology into classwork (creating the digital explainer videos)
  • as a method of serving the community despite special needs characteristics that prevent you from participating in other service learning programs.

Here’s an example of an explainer video created for this project:

Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 20 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, CSG Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice reviewer, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. You can find her resources at Structured Learning. Read Jacqui’s tech thriller series, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days.

34 thoughts on “#IWSG–Service Learning with simpleshow foundation

  1. Teach the world, all from the comfort of your own home. I like it. Hopefully it doesn’t get misused by miscreants. Thanks for the heads up.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Hi Jacqui – what a brilliant idea … and I sure hope lots of people enter with a wide range of videos – it seems to be the way to go … glad you shared – cheers Hilary

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Great program. I agree that education is the best way to help people make responsible changes, but it has to be real education – teaching critical thinking in order to understand options, resources, and outcomes – not propaganda.

    Liked by 1 person

What do you think? Leave a comment and I'll reply.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.