Common Sense Review
Updated March 2013

Curating Change

Inspiring showcase of women from all over the world
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Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating (1 Teacher Review) 4
  • One of many curators of change who show how women engage with the world to change it.
  • Each curator selects women and organizations that demonstrate the steps they took to effect change.
  • Projects in the Communicating Through the Arts section show the global reach of ideas.
  • The online community offers multiple links for exploring ideas and responding to them
  • Educational resources are varied and offer many ways to learn more and get involved.
Pros
An abundance of positive female role models make this a great spot for girls (and everyone else) to discover how they, too, can make a difference.
Cons
There are no catchy incentives for less mature teens, who might need an extra push to explore the site in-depth.
Bottom Line
Kids and adults will be inspired by stories of ordinary women who do extraordinary things and pave the way for others.
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Common Sense Rating 3
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 3

The draw for this website is the women who share their stories and show how anyone can make a difference. Kids who are interested will find inspiration and perhaps even an outlet for their energy and formulation of their ideas.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 3

The women featured on this website are heroes who have found ways to break out of the mold, providing alternative, positive role models. Teens will learn about the ripple effects of change and ways they can engage in the process.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 3

This site is ripe for exploration. There's no hand-holding, nor is there any risk. It might be worth encouraging kids to take some time to poke around. They will discover global networks and ideas that may open doors to new interests.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

Teachers can link to the Education section from the IMOW main page to find classroom activities, podcasts, and multiple links to related information about the issues and organizations. Each link provides an opportunity for kids to find out more about the ties that bind women all over the world. Whether kids choose to get involved or not, the women who tell their stories -- from American teen moms to African entrepreneurs -- are positive role models for everyone.

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What's It Like?

Curating Change is a unique website. It may take a little time to get into, but make that cup of tea and dig in. Part of the virtual International Museum of Women (IMOW), the site features women from all parts of the globe who are changing the world, each in their own way, one step at a time. Their stories demonstrate how activism comes in all shapes and sizes, each piece of the puzzle fitting into the overall frame of progress in gender equality.

There's no shortage of information, and the site features "guest curators," accomplished women who have had an impact on women's issues from human rights and social justice to maternal health and nontraditional jobs. Each curator provides links to stories about these women from around the world and their challenges, accomplishments, and contributions, showcasing their work and related organizations. From each link, you jump to an individual spotlight where each woman explains how she decided to take action and what came of her decision.

 

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Is It Good For Learning?

Some teens will find the information interesting and then will move on and go back to their daily routines. Others will find inspiration and may get drawn in to effect change.

The inspiring stories are good reads, but just as important are additional links to the myriad ways kids can connect with an issue. From simple actions like signing a petition to volunteering to adding their perspective with a blog or comment, teens can find meaningful ways to take action. But kids also can just read the stories to learn about the issues and how they're expressed in art, in politics, and in the everyday lives of women.

Videos, podcasts, and printed materials are available for those who want to delve more deeply. Interaction is limited, but this is not run-of-the-mill, static text. Also, though it's not always apparent where links will lead, part of the surprise is discovering another section to explore.

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