Learning  With  the World, Not Just  About  It <ul><li>21 st  Century Global Connections  </li></ul><ul><li>MSEA – Ocean C...
iEARN - Collaborative, International Project-Based Learning through Technology <ul><li>Students move from learning  about ...
A Global Education Community Has Emerged: iEARN  Daily  involves: 2,000,000 Students In 39,000 K-12 Schools In 130 countri...
Technology Tools for Student-to-Student Interaction <ul><li>Web 2.0 social networking tools </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs, video...
iEARN’S Collaboration Centre <ul><li>http://media.iearn.org </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive database of member educators </l...
iEARN’s Current Collaboration Centre
 
<ul><li>Using technology tools to build Global Competency among both students and teachers….Professional Development is cr...
 
For research on the effectiveness of iEARN and its Online Courses, see:  us.iearn.org/news
2) When Going Global, Respect the Local: Building local capacity and participant-generated content is key to the sustainab...
3. Global Collaborative Project Work Enhances Teaching & Learning and Builds Global Citizens Let’s look at some of the 300...
Our Footprints, Our Future (OF) 2 <ul><li>Students measure carbon footprint using globalized calculator </li></ul><ul><li>...
 
 
Bridge of Generations Project <ul><li>Students study issues of family and emigration/immigration </li></ul><ul><li>Student...
Mali Dolls for Computers Project <ul><li>Schools in Mali lack computers, but they have pride in their culture </li></ul><u...
Teddy Bear Project <ul><li>Classes exchange a bear, who is dressed as a citizen of the sending country, and has a passport...
Whatever the Web 2.0 technology, it’s the People and Content that matter! Students (and teachers!) learn better when engag...
 
<ul><li>World Personalities </li></ul><ul><li>Hideki Matsui  </li></ul><ul><li>Madonna </li></ul><ul><li>Colin Powell </li...
What if….every school in the US was interacting in some way with another school/group somewhere in the world? <ul><li>Stay...
<ul><li>Educators can register to </li></ul><ul><li>participate in iEARN at: </li></ul><ul><li>media.iearn.org/request </l...
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iEarn 21st Century Connections Panel Presentation

  1. 1. Learning With the World, Not Just About It <ul><li>21 st Century Global Connections </li></ul><ul><li>MSEA – Ocean City – October 16, 2010 </li></ul>
  2. 2. iEARN - Collaborative, International Project-Based Learning through Technology <ul><li>Students move from learning about other cultures and languages to…. </li></ul><ul><li>Learning through interaction with other cultures </li></ul><ul><li>Philosophy since its launch in 1988: </li></ul><ul><li>Students will learn better when engaged collaboratively in authentic interaction with peers globally on curriculum-based projects </li></ul><ul><li>Students will become Global Citizens experienced in using technology to connect with peers to build a culture of peace and make a difference in the quality of life on the planet </li></ul>
  3. 3. A Global Education Community Has Emerged: iEARN Daily involves: 2,000,000 Students In 39,000 K-12 Schools In 130 countries Speaking 33 Languages Over 300 concurrent projects Currently creating a platform for university-aged students
  4. 4. Technology Tools for Student-to-Student Interaction <ul><li>Web 2.0 social networking tools </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs, video-conferencing, chats </li></ul><ul><li>Cell phone interactivity (later this year) </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive databases, Google maps for location of participants and media </li></ul><ul><li>Digital media (video, sound, art, photos) exchanges </li></ul><ul><li>Text in any written language in the world, in either direction </li></ul><ul><li>Tools to enable students to see their cumulative power when linked via technology </li></ul><ul><li>All in a context of inclusion of young people with access to both low and high technology, creating the world’s most socio-economically diverse online network. </li></ul>
  5. 5. iEARN’S Collaboration Centre <ul><li>http://media.iearn.org </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive database of member educators </li></ul><ul><li>Database of 300 interactive projects </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive Forums demonstrate international content and perspectives </li></ul><ul><li>Gallery of student-generated media </li></ul>
  6. 6. iEARN’s Current Collaboration Centre
  7. 8. <ul><li>Using technology tools to build Global Competency among both students and teachers….Professional Development is critical: Example: iEARN’s 14 Online Courses: us.iearn.org/professional </li></ul>Some (of many) Lessons Learned
  8. 10. For research on the effectiveness of iEARN and its Online Courses, see: us.iearn.org/news
  9. 11. 2) When Going Global, Respect the Local: Building local capacity and participant-generated content is key to the sustainability of online interaction globally. Example: Adobe Youth Voices media.iearn.org/ayv/welcome <ul><li>Project components: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Write story board, script video </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interview others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Film, add sound, edit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interact with others with Web 2.0 tools about their videos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exhibit videos, background information in Global Gallery </li></ul></ul>
  10. 12. 3. Global Collaborative Project Work Enhances Teaching & Learning and Builds Global Citizens Let’s look at some of the 300 projects underway every day
  11. 13. Our Footprints, Our Future (OF) 2 <ul><li>Students measure carbon footprint using globalized calculator </li></ul><ul><li>Compare results internationally </li></ul><ul><li>Explore collaborative solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Brings global issue to personal and local implications </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum Applications: science, math, environmental studies, geography, community service </li></ul><ul><li>Ages: 5-18 </li></ul>http://of2.iearn.org
  12. 16. Bridge of Generations Project <ul><li>Students study issues of family and emigration/immigration </li></ul><ul><li>Students help grandparents and other older citizens in their community to use technology (chats, skype, web searches, e-mail) to re-connect with family and friends who have left communities </li></ul><ul><li>Students share technology skills and learn value of family and community </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum Applications: technology, family studies, migration, geography, community service, reading, writing </li></ul><ul><li>Ages: 10-18 </li></ul><ul><li>https://media.iearn.org/projects/iearn-generations </li></ul>
  13. 17. Mali Dolls for Computers Project <ul><li>Schools in Mali lack computers, but they have pride in their culture </li></ul><ul><li>Hand-made dolls for distribution and sale around the world (including in the National Geographic store in DC) </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum application: geography, economics, joint venture work, budgeting, marketing, French language </li></ul><ul><li>Sales proceeds go to Mali to buy computers </li></ul><ul><li>Ages 13-18 </li></ul>https://media.iearn.org/projects/etrade
  14. 18. Teddy Bear Project <ul><li>Classes exchange a bear, who is dressed as a citizen of the sending country, and has a passport, shots, and a journal </li></ul><ul><li>Attends class all year in another country </li></ul><ul><li>Students write in the journal from the perspective of the bear and communicate online with their bear’s class internationally </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum Application: language arts, technology, geography, social studies </li></ul><ul><li>Ages: 5-15 </li></ul>https://media.iearn.org/projects/teddybear
  15. 19. Whatever the Web 2.0 technology, it’s the People and Content that matter! Students (and teachers!) learn better when engaged interactively and collaboratively with authentic and diverse audiences….Let’s try the “wisdom of the crowd!”
  16. 21. <ul><li>World Personalities </li></ul><ul><li>Hideki Matsui </li></ul><ul><li>Madonna </li></ul><ul><li>Colin Powell </li></ul><ul><li>Suzanne Mubarak </li></ul><ul><li>Thabo Mbeki </li></ul><ul><li>Wangari Maathai </li></ul><ul><li>Bill Gates </li></ul><ul><li>Hu Jintao </li></ul><ul><li>Tony Blair </li></ul><ul><li>Vladimir Putin </li></ul><ul><li>Hillary Clinton </li></ul><ul><li>Rigoberta Menchú Tum </li></ul>
  17. 22. What if….every school in the US was interacting in some way with another school/group somewhere in the world? <ul><li>Stay tuned for the CONNECT ALL SCHOOLS Initiative </li></ul><ul><li>To achieve this goal by 2016!! </li></ul><ul><li>A bold, yet achievable goal </li></ul>
  18. 23. <ul><li>Educators can register to </li></ul><ul><li>participate in iEARN at: </li></ul><ul><li>media.iearn.org/request </li></ul>Ed Gragert iEARN-USA [email_address] http://us.iearn.org http://iearn.org

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