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Join Us Today via Livestream! KLYES10 Training of Trainers Workshop | YES Program

Join Us Today via Livestream! KLYES10 Training of Trainers Workshop | YES Program | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

Join the YES Training of Trainers (ToT) Alumni workshop via live streaming starting January 31, 2013.  You will be able to get a sneak peek into the ToT as well as a chance to hear from alumni attending the event and learn about their alumni activity and achievements in their local communities.   

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On The Same Day in March

On The Same Day in March | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

Marilyn Singer wrote a children’s book “On The Same Day In March” that describes the weather and climate for countries around the world. I would like to give elementary classrooms an opportunity to compare the climate and weather in your area with others around the world. You can also add pictures and tell a little about your area.

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Remarks at the Announcement of the Open Book Project

Remarks at the Announcement of the Open Book Project | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

"Now, all of this leaves me, as Secretary of State for a few more days, thinking about how we can make this powerful new tool part of our efforts to build friendships and partnerships, and deliver the benefits of open education to more people and more places.

 

"Through the Open Book Project, we will work to expand access to free, high-quality, open education materials in Arabic, with a focus on science and technology. Our hope is to lower geographic, economic, and even gender-based barriers to learning. Anyone with access to the internet will be able to read, download, and print these open materials for free or adapt a copy that meets the local needs of their classrooms or education systems."

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Pakistani student organizes pancake benefit : Couleenews

Pakistani student organizes pancake benefit : Couleenews | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it
Laiqa Dilip, a student from Pakistan attending West Salem High School, is serious about creating more peace and harmony between her country and the United States and she backs up her words with actions.
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#InternetFreedom Day: Giving a voice to the voiceless

#InternetFreedom Day: Giving a voice to the voiceless | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

Hey folks – today is Internet Freedom Day and that's a really big deal. A year ago, many good people on the Internet came together to stop SOPA. Internet Freedom Day reminds us that we all need to work together to preserve what we have and to help everyone realize their own individual voice. It's something which we assert frequently, not just one day, but it's one way to remind ourselves that what we take for granted can be lost.

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Kind mention of Connect All Schools effort.

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International Exchange Alumni

Welcome to the new International Exchange Alumni website! http://alumni.state.gov Formerly known as State Alumni, we are happy to present this updated, moder...
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Sandy Hook Promise

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Sandy Hook Promise is the nonprofit organization created by members of the Newtown community in response to the Sandy Hook tragedy. Help us secure real change.
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Get Real With Global Competence

Get Real With Global Competence | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

Tony Jackson: "We talk a lot about real-world education. What does it look like? I've asked my colleague Honor Moorman and Taking IT Global's Jennifer D. Klein to share their experiences with real-world global learning. Join Honor and other educators Thursday at 5:30 Eastern for the latest webinar, Adventures in Project-Based Learning. It's open to all, free, and promises to be an equally vibrant discussion."

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Ruth Obadia's curator insight, September 1, 2013 9:00 AM

Global competence requires an attitude of respect for cultural differences, and an appreciation of those things that all humans share.

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Melinda Gates: "Without Teachers, the Classroom is Just a Room"

Melinda Gates: "Without Teachers, the Classroom is Just a Room" | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

Now, we’re focused on giving teachers the support they need to excel in the classroom. That support should come in many forms, including individualized professional development, cutting-edge educational technology, and state-of-the-art lesson plans. One of the things I hear most often when I talk to teachers is that they’re eager for more chances to work together, to learn from each other.

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Connecting teachers globally is a key professional development strategy

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Virtual Book Club has Launched!

Virtual Book Club has Launched! | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

We had over 30 teachers participating live from five countries and four continents and “a whole mess” of states across the United States. It was lively with a very active chat, loads of folks taking a turn at the microphone and more than a couple of technical glitches.

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Year 2013 Is Going To Be Better!

Year 2013 Is Going To Be Better! | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it
The following post is from Katie Wells, Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Program participant in Bosnia and Herzegovina “It’s crazy to think that another year has flown by. But I...
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Information & Communications Technologies - Maximizing Mobile 2012 Infographic

Information & Communications Technologies - Maximizing Mobile 2012 Infographic | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it
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The developing world is now more mobile than the developed world. 

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Come One, Come ALL … to the #globalclassroom January Chat!

Come One, Come ALL … to the #globalclassroom January Chat! | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

Bring your #globalclassroom celebrations, frustrations, (or as @iEARNUSA likes to say “frogs”), questions, hopes and DREAMS to our January 2013 chat! By beginning the year with an open discussion, this will be an opportunity for people to share their highlights and burning questions!

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What is Global Competence @Edutopia News | January 30, 2013

What is Global Competence @Edutopia News | January 30, 2013 | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it
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Today's must-read.

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MLK service project: Students seek TP for Camp Courageous

MLK service project: Students seek TP for Camp Courageous | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

With Martin Luther King Day approaching, two Hampton-Dumont High School students are collecting unopened toilet paper for a camp for people with disabilities in northeast Iowa that runs on donations. 


Seniors Demi Monaghan and Nasra Nassor wanted to serve the community with a project, so they called the Greater Franklin County Chamber of Commerce for ideas…


Sheriff Larry Richtsmeier and chamber executive director Brook Boehmler had discussed how Richtsmeier and, before him, his father had been making wooden toys for visually impaired campers at Camp Courageous. The camp near Monticello serves people with all types of disabilities and is always in need of supplies.

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A Bill of Rights and Principles for Learning in the Digital Age

A Bill of Rights and Principles for Learning in the Digital Age | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

Work on this Bill of Rights & Principles began in Palo Alto, California, on December 14, 2012. We convened a group of people passionate about learning, about serving today's students, and about using every tool we could imagine to respond better to the needs of students in a global, interactive, digitally connected world.  

 

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We believe that online learning represents a powerful and potentially awe-inspiring opportunity to make new forms of learning available to all students worldwide, whether young or old, learning for credit, self-improvement, employment, or just pleasure.  We believe that online courses can create "meaningful" as well as “massive" learning opportunities.

 

We are aware of how much we don't know: that we have yet to explore the full pedagogical potential of learning online, of how it can change the ways we teach, the ways we learn, and the ways we connect.  

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iEARN-USA's curator insight, January 23, 2013 12:24 PM
Global contribution

"Online learning should originate from everywhere on the globe, not just from the U.S. and other technologically advantaged countries.  The best courses will be global in design and contribution, offering multiple and multinational perspectives.  They should maximize opportunities for students from different countries to collaborate with one another, to contribute local knowledge and histories and to learn one another’s methods, assumptions, values, knowledge and points of view."

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How Facebook Can Ruin Study Abroad - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education

How Facebook Can Ruin Study Abroad - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

I am not optimistic regarding our abilities to effectively separate the caustic effects of digital media from the benign. The task before us calls for creativity to harness the contributions offered by new technologies and discipline for regulating their threats. We should begin developing required assignments whereby students can demonstrate how Internet access, for example, enhances their international experience in ways that were unthinkable in the days of old media.

 

Likewise, we should adopt policies that check computer and cellphone uses that we know undermine cross-cultural growth and understanding. Just as some academic programs enforce "language pledges" that forbid students to speak English while abroad, we should institute "media pledges" that prohibit television reruns, instant messaging, and music libraries. We should then dismiss from the program those who violate the pledge.

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@TSonenshine @StateDept "Leveraging Culture and Diplomacy in the Age of Information"

@TSonenshine @StateDept "Leveraging Culture and Diplomacy in the Age of Information" | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

By engaging the diversity of the American cultural community and leveraging all resources, we can expand and leverage our cultural diplomacy. And that helps us reach more people through the power of our ideas and values.

 

... We know that social media can expand our outreach through what we call 21st Century Statecraft. So through our Global Connections and Exchange Program, we link up students, educators, and community youth leaders online. Our Youth TechCamps empower young people around the world to engage via digital networks. And in the memory of the late ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens, our Youth Network will provide specialized trainings in digital dialogue and online media sharing, discussions on global issues, and community building to schools in the United States and Middle East and North Africa region.

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Describe and Draw 2013

Global k-8 project.
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Kidlink is open for all children and youth in any country up to the age of 15, and for students that are attending secondary school. Most users are between 10 - 15 years of age. Since the start in 1990, children from 176 countries participated in Kidlink projects.

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Introducing the Christopher Stevens Youth Network

Introducing the Christopher Stevens Youth Network | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

The Christopher Stevens Youth Network is an Exchange 2.0 effort that will offer complementary physical and virtual exchanges anchored by iEARN’s Global Connections 2.0 program. iEARN will support approximately 10,000 students and 400 educators in 20 countries to interact and learn with each other through online project-based learning focused on eight thematic units: conflict resolution and peace education, the environment,civic education, social entrepreneurship, empowering girls and young women, food security, health, and literacy and education.

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iEARN-USA's curator insight, January 10, 2013 8:24 PM

Honored to be a partner of this initiative.

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A Genuine Pioneer Visits From Pakistan | YES Program

A Genuine Pioneer Visits From Pakistan | YES Program | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

Noor is a Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) student, an initiative of the U.S. State Department. According to her host couple, Glendale's Sarah Yancey and J. Robert Kneightley, Noor has adapted nicely to life in America and at school in Kirkwood.

 

I am just a little biased toward Parkway, because I taught English at Parkway South and was assistant principal there," said Yancey. "But I have to say everyone at Kirkwood has been wonderful to Fatima. Kirkwood is a very welcoming community."

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Language Education We Can Use

Language Education We Can Use | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

For too many years, we have maintained a language-learning strategy that simply does not work. In programs using outdated pedagogies focused on grammar and translation and coupled with low expectations, students take foreign languages with goals that seemingly include everything except actually learning to speak the language. If graduates of our high schools regularly reflected that, after four years of mathematics, they couldn't solve for an unknown variable, we would be outraged. But we share a laugh when someone says, "I took four years of a language, but I can't really speak it."

 

...The good news: We can redeploy the existing world-languages course platform, teaching positions, and support resources to implement a language-learning and international education agenda that will actually achieve results.

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The U.S. State Department Gets in the Education Game

The U.S. State Department Gets in the Education Game | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it
Trace Effects The U.S. State Department is jumping into the ed-tech world with an online game meant to help teach "American English" to kids between
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iEARN-USA's curator insight, January 7, 2013 6:44 PM

The State Dept. has actually been in the ed-tech world for the 20 years, supporting new technologies to connected classrooms worldwide since 1993, if not before, through US Information Agency programs. Trace Effects continues this effort.

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Learning Forum Puts PBL Teachers on World Stage

Learning Forum Puts PBL Teachers on World Stage | Connect All Schools | Scoop.it

Partners in Learning Global Forum, sponsored by Microsoft, brought together more than 500 teachers, school leaders, and education officials from 80 countries for three days of project showcases, professional development, and cross-cultural networking. Teacher finalists were previously selected at national events, which had attracted some 250,000 entries worldwide. It all added up to an experience that felt like the World Cup of Education

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Microsoft announced its continued support in Partners in Learning with a $250 million, five-year investment in the global initiative.

 

Love to see governments, foundations, corporations and individuals worldwide match this important investment in 2013.

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