Planet Classroom

Planet Classroom

The Planet is a Classroom where learning together brings us together. Planet Classroom brings together musicians, dancers, video game creators, filmmakers, learning innovators and emerging technologists from all over the world to entertain, educate and engage us. Why do we need Planet Classroom? The world is facing many problems and we believe Youth are helping to solve them. Every show will feature youth voices sharing their passions, their ideas and their solutions for a better future.

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July 21, 2021 60 min
Every one of us has been impacted by Covid-19 in one way or another. As we are released from the grasp that the virus had on us, returning back to a normal life may not be the way it used to be. Planet Classroom and Creative Visions have invited international youth groups around the world to submit their interpretation to the word SHINE. In this first episode of the SHINE podcast series to support this multi-media initiative a num...
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From growing gardens, to beating drums, and to powerful rhythmic words, we all find a way to tell our stories. Planet Classroom presents three filmmakers and their powerful masterpieces which help others learn to prevail and heal through difficult times. Drumming circles have helped Craig Norton find a musical connection with the world around him. Director JLove Calderon and film subject DJ Cavem teach young adolescents that growin...
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June 25, 2021 60 min
Resilience and dedication pave the path for those willing to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. In this episode of Planet Classroom, Orb, the show’s virtual host, unites the creator of the acclaimed film, One Leg In One Leg Out (now screening on the Planet Classroom Network YouTube Channel), along with international youth voices to discuss the misconceptions about sex workers and the trans community. What happens when Ima...
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What is the line between embracing globalization and maintaining individuality? Iceland is confronting that question as it is faced with global issues like trade, tourism, and climate change while also attempting to preserve its unique identity and language. In this episode on Planet Classroom, these themes of globalization are explored in relation to the film Scaling Iceland. The Director, Adam Hersko-RonaTas, and youth voices fro...
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June 4, 2021 60 min
Becoming your own personal hero means being the positive change you want to see in your community and your world. Around the world, creators are finding innovative ways to become their own personal heroes. In this episode of Planet Classroom, the show’s virtual host, Orb, invites guests to discuss this inspiring theme using 3 films as prompts: Hero, The Boy Who Found His Voice, and The Mime, now screening on the Planet Classroom ...
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May 28, 2021 60 min
How can horses help heal trauma? How can youth protect themselves from the risks of secondhand smoke? Climate change affects the social and environmental determinants of health such as clean air, safe drinking water, quality food and shelter. How are activists in Australia fighting back to protect their natural environments? Join Orb, Planet Classroom’s virtual host, as youth activists from around the world explore the impact of t...
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May 21, 2021 60 min
Prejudice is the result of fear and ignorance as illustrated in 3 outstanding films now screening on the Planet Classroom YouTube Channel: Siroun Webcast, Through the Wall, and Swimming Upstream. Youth voices from around the world join ORB, Planet Classroom’s virtual host, to focus on the Japanese Canadian internment and struggle for redress, the Armenian Genocide and the lessons relevant now, and the Mexico-United States border wa...
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April 30, 2021 60 min
Mental health and well-being and the everyday obstacles that make them challenging is the theme of this Planet Classroom show. Orb, the show’s virtual host, unites the creators of 3 films now screening on the Planet Classroom Network YouTube Channel: The Mess, Addiction and Art: Spotlight on Dopamine, and Throw, along with youth voices to discuss some of the challenges of mental health, violence, poverty, and substance abuse. A...
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April 19, 2021 60 min
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April 9, 2021 60 min
Borders, Cultures, Heritage and Languages can make us feel far apart from one another as human beings. In this episode of Planet Classroom, we look at 4 stories that illustrate the bigger picture of what holds us together. Orb, the show’s virtual host, is joined by Director Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee and youth voices to discuss 3 of his films, Earthrise, Counter Mapping, and Marie’s Dictionary, as well as the themes of 5000 Miles Apart...
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March 25, 2021 60 min
Stories that change our lives often share universal wisdom. They help us to understand other people and their perspectives. They connect us to a better understanding of ourselves and our place in the world. In this episode of Planet Classroom, Orb introduces stories from around the world including India, Australia, Kyrgyzstan and the United States. The creators of Stephen Hawking and Me, 106 Days, The Letter, What Happened to Du...
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March 16, 2021 60 min
Climate change is causing increasingly disastrous effects throughout the world and threatens to undermine the future existence of every living species. Currently, measures to curb the causes of this problem are available, however, significant political will, investment, and personal change are essential. In this episode of Planet Classroom, Orb, the show’s virtual host, talks with Eric Simon, director of What to Do About Climate ...
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Every year, thousands of award-winning high school poets submit original works to the National Students Poet Program. If selected, they serve 1 year as youth poetry ambassadors, spreading poetry in their communities, workshops, festivals, galas and poetry conferences. In this episode of Planet Classroom, we talk with the five high school students chosen to serve 1 year as the 2020 Class of National Student Poets. It is the United ...
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How are live entertainers such as dancers adapting and thriving in the virtual space? What are the challenges? What are the opportunities that technology offers? What does this mean for the future of dance? In this episode of Planet Classroom, we hear from leading dancers at the Martha Graham Dance Company as well as the Company's Artistic Director Janet Eilber. All talk about their experiences performing the iconic ballet A...
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The Holocaust remains one of the darkest eras in world history. To this day, millions of people, especially of the Jewish faith, are still affected by the loss, pain and suffering of the victims. However, hope and positivity help the survivors persevere through the darkness. In this episode of Planet Classroom, we talk with the youth filmmakers of Hold the Sun in Your Hands: the Erika Jacoby Story. They offer insight on how the yo...
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According to global research, people's attention spans are shortening. The way we tell and write stories continues to evolve with advancements in new technologies. This offers creative talent the opportunity to innovate and find new and exciting ways to engage with an audience. In this episode of Planet Classroom, ORB, the show’s virtual host, is joined by youth authors from around the world who take on Book Creator’s Global ...
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January 26, 2021 60 min
We are all different but we are all human. There has been increasing acceptance in many countries to LGBTQ people over the past 2 decades, but the global divide persists. 38 African countries have criminalized consensual same sex relationships. In this episode of Planet Classroom, ORB is joined by acclaimed film Director Nicky Newman, based in Cape Town, South Africa, and youth voices around the world to discuss Newman's doc...
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January 14, 2021 60 min
In this inaugural podcast, Orb takes us on a journey of learning from stories that engage our imaginations and explore new ideas. Orb is joined by UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Education, Stefania Giannini, the music of Jim Papoulis performed by the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, and young adults from around the planet. Events in our world over the past year have challenged people everywhere to grow from lessons ...
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