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Friday, April 23, 2010

Cool site: Kids (and you) can feed the world while you improve your vocabulary

I love this simple site. It's called FreeRice and it's sponsored by the United Nations World Food Program in partnership with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

FreeRice has two goals:

1. Provide education to everyone for free.
2. Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.

Here's how it works:

Anyone -- students, parents, teachers, you -- click through a seemingly endless series of multiple choice vocabulary questions. For ever word you get right, FreeRice donates 10 grains of rice through the World Food Programme to end world hunger. Get a word right, the next word is a little harder. Get a word wrong, try again with a new word. You can keep going as long as you like -- take a little break from work, feed a hungry child! I just answered a few and got 300 grains of rice donated. That could be a meal for a hungry person!

It's a little gimmicky, but who cares? It's an interesting and engaging way to make a little difference and think about the problem of world hunger. Kids especially seem to be enthralled by the idea of feeding the hungry...learning some new vocabulary words is a bonus. Or is it the other way around?

Share FreeRice with your kids and help them think about world hunger for a little while.

Go to www.freerice.com

Some more info from the FreeRice website:

Whether you are CEO of a large corporation or a street child in a poor country, improving your education can improve your life. It is a great investment in yourself.

Perhaps even greater is the investment your donated rice makes in hungry human beings, enabling them to function and be productive. Somewhere in the world, a person is eating rice that you helped provide. Thank you.

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