"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.
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.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry today introduced a new digital badge on "Diplomacy" available to those who participate in a series of activities exploring digitized objects, important places, and primary sources from the U.S. Department of State, the National Park Service, and the Smithsonian Institution.
I have talked about the notion of "classroom teacher" vs. "school teacher" in posts before, and have begun to rethink this notion. ….
So now I have started to think about the “global teacher“. The global teacher has the best elements of the classroom and school teacher, but their focus is on “what is best for kids”, no matter if is their own kids, kids in the school across the street, or across the ocean. They got into teaching because they love students and want to help every single one of them, no matter their situation or location. They care for the kids in their classroom, they share openly with others in their school and connect with kids, but want to make things better past their own situation. They inspire change whether it is with one classroom in another school, or thousands. They also tap into others and bring the best to their students. The more we look at what others are doing, the better we can become for the students closest to us.
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.
Finding a good partner teacher, classroom and even sister school community can be much more of a crap shoot than most global educators would like to admit. Even wonderful, established organizations like iEARN and TakingITGlobal–and well-developed programs for partnership like Flat Connections, Challenge 20/20 and Global Partners Junior–have plenty of train wrecks in their track record. The bottom line is that it’s hard to develop a deep and collaborative relationship with colleagues in our own buildings, much less with unknown strangers across the planet.
Hilton Worldwide is now accepting applications for its second annual Teacher Treks Grant Competition. The program, developed last year in partnership with the Institute of International Education (IIE), will fund15 K-12 teachers to travel, enrich their curriculum and foster greater understanding between the U.S. and other countries. This year's program has two unique tracks for travel in the summer of 2014: the Travel Grant and the Teach Abroad Grant.
Today's learners will be key players in societies and workforces that require multi-lateral and cross-cultural cooperation. Throughout February, learn why--and how--virtual exchange programs can lead to empathetic, global, connected learning that prepares youth for tomorrow's world.
The United States is pleased to announce its designation by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon as a UN Global Education First Initiative Champion Country. Launched by the UN Secretary General and the UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown in 2012, this initiative is an international call to action to raise education to the top of the public agenda by getting every child into school, improving the quality of education, and fostering global citizenship.
The Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Department of Education are jointly engaged in supporting this initiative, with efforts including USAID’s Room to Learnproject, annual contributions to the multilateral Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Fund, various domestic programs to ensure equal access and educational excellence, and the recently-launched J. Christopher Stevens Virtual Exchange Program.