Learning for a Cause

October 18, 2007 at 6:10 pm (Blogs, Causes, The Future)

Going through my Google Reader blogs today, I came across this post by The Reflective Teacher. He introduced me to this site called Free Rice. On Free Rice, you answer vocabulary questions to donate grains of rice. You are given a vocab word and 4 possible definitions/synonymns, and for every definition you get right, Free Rice’s sponsors are committed to donating 10 grains of rice. Each time you guess correctly, a bowl to the right of the question fills with 10 more grains of rice. There are also multiple levels, so they can gauge your vocabulary knowledge and adjust the words appropriately so that you might actually learn something while helping those less fortunate!

The Reflective Teacher teaches middle school students and discusses the great possibilities this has for his classroom, but the first thing that came to my mind was the great potential application for SAT words, and then even beyond that, using a tool such as this to help people learn all sorts of things! In a generation of people becoming ever-more obsessed with helping the world around us, tools such as Free Rice can have a great affect! There are already sites such as thebreastcancersite.com and thehungersite.com where people just click once a day to have an effect. Imagine how much money could be raised if people could raise untold amounts each day and learn at the same time! This is the far-reaching potential of Free Rice; I just hope someone besides me realizes this and can implement it appropriately.

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