• We live in a wired, globalized world in which communication and collaboration are possible 24/7 (Solomon & Schrum, 2007, p.8).
• Edutopia and ePals are both networks that link you locally and globally to provide you with connections and resources that you may not otherwise have at your disposal.
• The ePals Global Community™ is the worlds largest network of K-12 classrooms, enabling students and teachers to safely connect and collaborate with classrooms in more than 200 countries and territories.• Free to classrooms• Gives you access to collaborative projects and discussions with classrooms all around the world.
• Email-based collaborative projects with digital content from National Geographic• Forums for students, teachers and families to participate in discussions with peers worldwide• Classroom Match which helps educators connect with other classrooms by searching ePals profiles based on project topic, student age range, country, language and more• School-safe® email for monitored communication between students and their ePals
• Collaborative project based learning in various subjects.• Social Studies EnglishHolidays and Festivals Digital Storytellingaround the World• Science MathWeather Pythagorean Theorem
• Edutopia is dedicated to transforming the learning process by helping educators implement the strategies below.• Comprehensive Assessment• Integrated Studies• Project-Based Learning• Social and Emotional Learning• Teacher Development• Technology Integration
• Edutopia is full of articles, videos, and discussion forums to educate and support teachers, administrators, and parents in all areas of education.
I believe that both of these networks are user friendly and offer manyopportunities for teachers of all subjects. I personally use Edutopia forresources and professional development. I have not yet used ePals GlobalCommunity before but after the research I have done I will definitely beinvestigating it for future classroom use.
• I believe the future of education will involve global learning, classrooms without walls, and facilitators that are educating students on how to globally impact their world.
• Teaching students about the world is not a subject in itself, separate from other content areas, but should be an integral part of all subjects taught. We need to open global gateways and inspire students to explore beyond their national borders (Stewart, 2007, p.10).
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