10.10.10 is almost here. Are you ready? A project known as “One Day on Earth” seeks to document the ways in which people live and work and play on a single day when our calendar points to the 10th day of the 10th month of the 10th year in the millennium. Sure, it’s sort of odd but it’s a hook that opens up a possibility for creativity for students early in the school year.
As I write this post, almost 450,000 students at more than 500 locations around the globe have signed up to participate, and the organization behind One Day on Earth has put together a wonderful PDF resource for teachers wondering about how to even begin to help students document their world over the course of a single day. There is a website for teachers to register their classes and submit the work created on October 10. There are also resources to help schools collaborate together on ideas.
Here are some examples of suggested projects:
Investigate Nature: This project asks students to document local plants and animals through photo journalism and documentary video. Borders: This geography-based project focuses on borders in our towns, cities, states, and countries. Students will identify a border and document it through video, photography, interviews, and writing. A Picture and a Thousand Words: We encourage all students participating in One Day on Earth to write 1,000 words about the images they created and their experience documenting 10.10.10. Make and Film a Dance Collaboration: For this project students will explore the universal language of dance (within their own cultural context) by choreographing and recording a dance of their own on 10.10.10. Write and document a song: This project asks students interested in music to write and record a song for 10.10.10 on video or a sound recording device. Oral History Project: The Oral History Project asks students to identify a local person as the subject of a short documentary video or photo journalism piece about their personal history.