"Exchange 2.0 - Technology-enabled International Interaction" was developed to help teachers use the Internet to "reach out" globally. These materials were initially prepared as part of the US Department of Education's inaugural International Education Week in November 2000 and were hosted by the US Department of Education. This is the third version of this Guide.
Unfortunately, funding cuts have imperiled the future of Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian studies. The time has come to invest again in these international training programs that contribute so much to our security, economic competitiveness and cultural understanding.
, we need a new model for thinking about how to facilitate global connection for youth that takes into account people’s histories and cultures and the emergent relationships that are always rooted in particular ideological systems. To that end, I think we must begin with a focus on the local. I would argue that this work of global connectivity is radically and quintessentially local, rooted in communities, lived experiences, and cultural and individual histories. Connecting across these local meanings, ideas, people, and contexts in essence requires scaling up though various interconnections and relationships, facilitated of course by new mediating technologies
The inspiration and design of the Hive model springs from a fidelity to connected learning, an emergent educational theory that recognizes the need for a new approach to learning. It is defined by its core values, learning, and design principles. We also know that the technology and the culture of the web is critical to learning in a connected world—helping all young people become citizens of the web is an issue of justice and equity. Our experiences, whether digital or analog, are informed by the web. The web is so integrated into our collective daily lives, we believe that web literacy is essential for youth and the adults who interact with them to be positioned for success in our ever changing world.
VIF International Education, the leading provider of global education programs for K-12 schools, announced Friday the release of its global competence indicators, a guide to integrating global awareness into classroom practices and assessing student progress in global learning.
No matter how many laptops we put in classrooms or wi-fi networks we set up, if kids are in a district where schools are closing and class time is reduced due to budget shortfalls, learning is going to suffer. No matter how innovative the online textbook system, if kids are in classrooms where the teacher has received no training or even advanced notice that a new system is going to be used, learning is going to suffer. Regardless of how promising the innovation, it will suffer from the lack of technical support in a majority of districts or increasingly higher demands on teachers without appropriate increases in training and support.
By: Patricia Gomes. Every movement to innovate in education has a honeymoon phase, when everyone wants to do it. That is exactly where the Maker Movement is. Everyone wants to set up a fab lab, but this could also fade away two years from now if we don’t produce results. That’s why my focus as a researcher is to show the results of this.
We do not learn how to be global citizens. We are born global citizens. The role of schools should teach students how to engage in that citizenry and use our membership responsibly at all levels — at home and places farther away.
In order to thrive in an interconnected world, one must learn a number of crucial, non-academic skills such as understanding and relating to perspectives other than one’s own; mastering teamwork, critical and creative thinking; and being an adept problem-solver. Ashoka Fellow Dana Mortenson, like many others in the field of education, [...]
Connect Learning Today caught up with Lucy Gray, a long time educator, based in Chicago, IL. Today, Lucy works all over the world—virtually. Connect Learning Today first met Lucy through the EFF Debates (Education Fast Forward), where she has been an active participant. Part of this interview will share her new role, as Education Fast Forward Fellow. This is a rare honor; great for the education world, and especially wonderful for the United States, now with a representative in a leadership role at these global education debates.
We believe 2014 will be a pivotal year in establishing Hive as a global effort linking local educators to an international community through the advancement of connected learning, web literacy, and digital skills
Together, Mozilla, MacArthur Foundation and other key stakeholders plan to increase Hive participation at the individual, city, and global level by activating educators and empowering them with the tools, community, culture, and practice to re-imagine learning in the cities in which they live.
Richard Stengel, Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs: :
"Social media and mobile technology are transformational tools. We need to move toward a digital-first strategy. That doesn’t mean digital only; far from it. It means that our content and programs and messaging should build out from an integrated digital platform…. This isn’t pie-in-the-sky; this is reality. These new technologies will be especially helpful in reaching young people who expect to have a conversation with us, rather than just receiving messages."
Join us this Thursday as we continue a month-long webinar series with the Exchange 2.0 Coalition on why and how innovative organizations are leveraging today's technology to create profound cross-cultural experiences for tomorrow's global citizens.
Connected learning, virtual exchanges, and global project-based learning are increasingly recognized as important teaching and learning strategies in classrooms worldwide. Through a global project, students acquire important 21st century skills and global competencies, allowing them to communicate ideas, recognize other perspectives, and take action while connecting their learning to real world issues. Today, David Potter and Jennifer Russell of iEARN-USA share the five most important steps to building a global partnership.
Join us today for the launch of our new iEARN-USA Publisher Page on Edmodo - a space for educators, administrators, and parents to connect and discuss global project-based learning.
Virtual exchange and globally connected learning are hot topics in 2014, and we’re pleased to share our projects, expertise, and cross-cultural collaboration guides with the more than 31 million Edmodo users.