Using Technology to connect Students Worldwide K-12
Asia Society: Partnership for Global Learning
Using Technology to Connect Students Worldwide K-12
Christine Robinson, Global Nomads Group
foster dialogue and understanding among the world's youth. To
serve as a vehicle for awareness, bridging the boundaries of
cultural misconception and instilling in our audience a
heightened appreciation and comprehension of the world in
which we live.
to engage and empower young people worldwide using media
including; live-interactive videoconferencing, streaming video,
social networking, documentaries and participatory filmmaking.
Through the use of these media tools, GNG creates opportunities
for global collaboration and communication.
Assist teachers by innovating their civics, geography, global studies, science and
social studies curricula with interactive technologies and project-based learning
Contribute to the cultural literacy and global awareness of young people, and are
therefore an effective tool for 21st century teaching and learning
Address national and state educational standards in the teaching of
geography, science and social studies
Increase students’ active interest in international affairs and empowers youth
with the tools to create movements of change
Provide an educational framework in which students can become active global
leaders in their own education
GNG THEMATIC PROGRAMS
• Arts, Culture and Media
• Conflict and Human Rights
• Earth Science
• Environment and Climate Change
• Faith and Society
• Global Development
• Global Politics
• Health and Well-Being
• Sustainable Communities
• Highlights: Global Economic Crisis
• CARE Afghanistan Program
• Inauguration Program
• Antarctica Program
Partnership and Program Development Manager
Rita Oates, PhD
VP, Education Markets
Web 0.0-> Web 1.0-> Web 2.0
• Web 0.0: search for
information in a
• Web 1.0: search for
• Web 2.0: contribute
• 60th Anniversary of
Declaration of Human
• Student viewpoints shared
on ePals…contribute, rate
work of others…web 2.0
• Selected student entries
published in book by
National Geographic with
some photos…web 0.0
What collaborations do you have
• Within school?
• Within district?
• Within state?
• Within U.S.?
• Outside U.S. borders?
• How do you find partners?
• How do you communicate?
• Any ePals users here?
• Connecting 700,000
classrooms in 200
countries & territories
• 2,500 new
• Policy managed &
• Trusted pipeline
to the world’s
• TRUSTe certification
ePals Brings Next-Generation Solutions to Schools
free – teachers and students locate, connect with
and work collaboratively on projects with another
class down the street and around the world.
free – a secure way for students, parents, teachers
and administrators to communicate online, with
instant translation in 58 languages.
Allows administrators to establish school-safe usage
policies, especially for children younger than age 13.
A virtual workspace supporting collaborative learning
through social media tools, access to high-quality
content, digital storage areas and ePals
SchoolMail™, all with industry-leading safety and
security needed for K-12 schools.
One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) (on all desktops,
third world countries)
Intel Classmate PC (designed for K-6 students,
widely used in Portugal and other countries)
STEM eMentoring Platform (14K mentors /
mentees), secondary activity funded by IBM
Ministry of Education, Kenya
6,000 classrooms in Thailand
Worldwide IB (starting July 2010)
• Eduteka joins ePals, bringing Spanish-
language content and a Spanish-speaking
community of 35,000 educators
– Spanish teachers can have pen pals for their
classes: write emails and postcards, share
podcasts, digital videos, artifacts.
– Do you want high school classes to
collaborate with southern hemisphere
classes? (in school from March-December)
– Many technology and business classes for
high school, also ESL classes are available
We'd like you to meet our ePals from Brazil
Mrs. Russell's First Grade
Hello From Sao Paolo, Brazil
School: EMEIF "Terezinha do Menino Jesus Porto Wuó"
Town: Santa Branca
State: Sao Paolo
ePals Forums (also free)
• Student Forums
– We mediate the forums, so you don’t have to read and approve
– Your students can collaborate with other students safely, over
– Your students can search and read student postings to see what
others have said, a great way to practice authentic reading and
• Project Forums make it easier to find matches for ePals
• Teacher Forums for topics you generate
• Parent Forums to help parents learn from other parents
• Adults can post in adult forums; students in Student