Project-based learning continues to be misinterpreted as a single teaching strategy rather than as a set of design principles that allow us to introduce the philosophy of inquiry into education in an intelligent and grounded way. It’s time to not only address the flaws in PBL, but to reinvent it in a way that leads to deeper learning, creative inquiry, and a better fit with a collaborative world in which doing and knowing are one thing.
New York, February 6: Bilal Zubair Khan, an alumnus of US State Department’s Kennedy Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program represented Pakistan at the Annual Youth Assembly 2014 at the United Nations headquarters in New York. He was part of several panels and discussion events, and spoke at the assembly about entreprenurial startups by women in developing countries.
Over winter break, instead of attending their Korean high schools, NSLI-Y students explored the art of storytelling. After learning traditional folktales and lots of practice, they took a trip back to Kindergarten to perform for an audience!
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.
'Particularly among higher-level teachers, I’ve noticed a tendency default to Skyping with semi-famous or major “experts” in a given field, and this makes sense when an expert can answer student-generated questions better than a young person can. However, I’ve found that sometimes more important connections happen when kids get to meet an individual who’s closer to their age and not yet considered important for their efforts. For example, I often connect classrooms with Yasser Alaa Mobarak, a young Egyptian photographer who has done a great deal of work with iEARN. He shares his photography, talks about what he hopes viewers will see, answers questions from the kids, and then invites students to continue the photographic dialogue and sharing in a private group he’s set up on Facebook. Honestly, no number of experts in Middle Eastern politics could ever impact kids as much as just one of Yasser’s photographs because they’re real, raw, and relevant. Most importantly, connecting with someone like Yasser demonstrates that young people don’t have to be famous to make a difference through their individual efforts and passions."
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.
The Adobe Youth Voices Awards is a global challenge that invites youth to creatively express their vision for driving change in local communities and to present potential solutions through visual storytelling. Media must be submitted by April 18, 2014.
And finally to be one is to be you. Now, everybody talked aboutmassive open online learning. I don't care about the massiveness of open online learning. It's important - that there are seven billion people in the planet, whatever we do has got to work for everyone of them - but it's only going to work for every one of them, one person at a time. There's no other way of doing it. There's no other way of doing it because there's no other way that's going to be genuine. There's no other way that's going to be effective. What makes the MOOCs special is that each person taking the MOOCs makes it their own. They create and shape their own learning according to thier own needs and their own interests, their own values, their own objectives. And that to me is what learning and education is all about.
Fun read! Lots of iEARN and Learning Circles concepts reflected in this thoughtful post about teaching and learning:
Through this project I have learned about taking risks and "thinking outside the box," as an educator. I am excited to say that not only my class, but all first graders at my school, will be participating in the Earth Day activities, that I developed with the help of the specials teachers. As a second year teacher, I had never done anything like this before and am having fun learning "on the fly".
YouthCaN students and teachers use a variety of online technologies to network on environmental issues. We hope you will join us! IDs and passwords are needed, so write to email@example.com for more information.
Since the launch of the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program in 2003, iEARN-Pakistan has used online technologies to enhance English Language proficiency support to prepare students for a successful exchange year in United States.
This year, iEARN-Pakistan is introducing “TabLab,” a pre-departure English language learning program for 108 YES students that leverages handheld devices with connectivity and accessibility from anywhere in Pakistan, including the remotest regions.