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Meteorite Damage, Chelyabinsk Gymnasium № 23, Chelyabinsk, Russia, February 15, 2013

Meteorite Damage, Chelyabinsk Gymnasium № 23, Chelyabinsk, Russia, February 15, 2013 | iEARN in Action | Scoop.it
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Follow dramatic eyewitness reports from students and teachers in Chelyabinsk schools in the iEARN Forums: http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fcollaborate.iearn.org%2Fspace-2%2Fgroup-195%2Ftopic-4378&h=qAQENf-QC&s=1

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TELEClass: The Bottom Line in Second Language Learning - CALICO Journal March 1986

TELEClass: The Bottom Line in Second Language Learning - CALICO Journal March 1986 | iEARN in Action | Scoop.it

Level I. Introduction. An American language class is matched with a school in the target country which wants to learn English. The classes introduce themselves through video or slide tape presentations. Both languages will be used.

 

Level II. Telephone Conversations. Students will talk to each other about once a month. Speaker or conference telephones will be used so that all can participate during the entire conversation.

 

Level III. Electronic Mail. A computer in the American school and in the target language school will allow asynchronous and constant electronic mail.

 

Level IV. Videophone. The telephone conversations will be occasionally supplemented by slow-scan television which allows students to see each other along with slides or prompts during their conversations.

 

Level V. Students and/or teacher exchanges. For example, Hawaii has a direct teacher exchange this year with Germany. Both teachers will be able to maintain contact with their students and assist each other from afar through this program supported by a grant from AATG.

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Fun early look at tech-assisted language learning, exchange 2.0, and e-mail in support of global classroom collaboration. 

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Global education multivideo conferenza dal 12 al 16 novembre 2012

Global education multivideo conferenza dal 12 al 16 novembre 2012 | iEARN in Action | Scoop.it

L’importanza di tale avvenimento è legata alla possibilità di potere collegare insieme, diverse migliaia di persone che stanno a casa propria , in tutte le parti del mondo , dalla Cina all’Africa, dall’Australia all’Europa, dall’America alla Russia, in un luogo virtuale per un convegno in cui tutti possono partecipare contemporaneamente condividendo le proprie opinioni , come se fossero nella stessa stanza.

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iEARN-Yemen hosts Christopher Stevens Youth Network: Global Connections 2.0 Teacher Workshop in Sana'a

iEARN-Yemen hosts Christopher Stevens Youth Network: Global Connections 2.0 Teacher Workshop in Sana'a | iEARN in Action | Scoop.it
From February 9-10, teachers gathered in Sana'a to learn about iEARN projects and the Christopher Stevens Youth Network: Global Connections 2.0 Program.
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This is becoming a big year for IEARN cakes. Perfect for Pinterest!

 

[update]: Pinned! http://pinterest.com/pin/257268197435589254/

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Khitam A Al-Utaibi's comment, February 13, 2013 5:35 PM
Cake!! What a nice idea to share with my teachers' workshop for CSYN and celebrating the iEARN Silver jubilee :)
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First transatlantic video link between Foster High School, Seattle, & Walworth School, London, England, UK. 1989

First transatlantic video link between Foster High School, Seattle, & Walworth School, London, England, UK. 1989 | iEARN in Action | Scoop.it
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SchoolNet SA - IT's a Great Idea: Have you noticed SchoolNet SA’s new logo?

SchoolNet SA - IT's a Great Idea: Have you noticed SchoolNet SA’s new logo? | iEARN in Action | Scoop.it

Schoolnet is thrilled with its new logo which you will soon see displayed on all our offerings. The design of our new logo conveys a strong message about SchoolNet SA and the future: 

Progressive: this is shown by the simple, modern design and the appealing font.Diverse: in terms of what we offer and our target audience, shown by the range of coloursFocused on “School” because we aim to improve education in South Africa yet also placing an emphasis on “Net” because developing professional communities of teachers is and always has been a key objective and the vision of SchoolNet.The silhouette of a child using a tablet highlights our belief that “If children do not learn the way we teach then we must teach the way they learn”. Our focus is not on technology – but rather on how it can empower teachers and learners through ICT integration.
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AIF-O3 Teachers' Symposium & Students' Art Festival | Facebook

AIF-O3 Teachers' Symposium & Students' Art Festival | Facebook | iEARN in Action | Scoop.it

A group of 28 teachers and 70 students gathered at DIL Community Model School, Khuda Ki Basti, a rural area of Kala Shah Kaku near Lahore, for AIF-O3 (Our Family; Our Neighborhood; Our World) Project Teachers’ Symposium and Students’ Art Festival on February 8, 2013.

 

The project O3 “Our Family, Our Neighborhood, Our World” is a United States Department of State funded project. It combines the use of interactive media with Punjabi art forms to foster to people-to-people connections and increased intercultural understanding among young educators, students, and artists in India, Pakistan, and the United States.

 

The project combines the global (new media) with the local (Punjabi art forms) as two powerful vehicles for educators and students alike to build and harness linkages of a shared Punjabi cultural identity and foster increased collaboration, cooperation, and understanding.

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Our Family, Our Neighborhood, Our World Art Festival

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Virtual Educators Critique Value of MOOCs for K-12

Virtual Educators Critique Value of MOOCs for K-12 | iEARN in Action | Scoop.it
Massively open online courses are growing more popular in colleges and universities, but there are questions about the quality of the courses and the retention of students.
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iEARN has found through its online courses, including Learning Circles (began in 1987 originally by ATT), that smaller communities of learners are better for K-12 teachers and students. But as more K-12 participants learn to learn online and have better access worldwide, perhaps larger online courses can be effective.

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Language Learning Through Games- #TraceEffects in Access | @IEARNPAK

Language Learning Through Games- #TraceEffects in Access | @IEARNPAK | iEARN in Action | Scoop.it

More than 125 Access students were provided with an opportunity to play Trace Effects in their Access Karachi classrooms. Trace Effects is a collaborative English language video game for students from ages 12 – 16 by The Office of English Language Programs, U.S. Department of State. 

The students found the game really interesting and useful. A lot of students were familiar with many computer games but this was the first time they played a video game for a specific purpose, of improving their language skills. The students found the theme so fascinating that they got fully engaged in the game. 

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Bringing Global Connections to Life in United Arab Emirates

Bringing Global Connections to Life in United Arab Emirates | iEARN in Action | Scoop.it
On February 9th, iEARN-UAE and the Dubai Modern High School hosted the first professional development workshop under the auspices of the new Christopher Stevens Youth Network. The workshop marks th...
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Don't miss the hunger poem by Dubai student Khadija Aliasgar

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iEARN in Action: February 2013

iEARN in Action: February 2013 | iEARN in Action | Scoop.it

Seeking Partners iEARN Projects and Activities

  ·  Global Read Environment Project: F_nish Th_s B__k

  ·  Seeking Spanish language partner in Food for Thought: Recipe Book

  ·  Digital Citizenship Project

  ·  Fly kites in March as part of the Talking Kites Around the World Project

  ·  New iEARN Forum for Families and Educators with Special Abilities Kids

  ·  Intercultural Citizenship Project

  ·  Seeking partners in the Finding Solutions to Hunger Project

  ·  Seeking University Level Teacher Education Classes

  ·  Short term photo project -- March Around the World

  ·  New project proposal from Yemen: Activating Cultural Exchange Project

 

Resources, Contests, Websites and Announcements

  ·  Please join us in celebrating iEARN's 25th Anniversary

  ·  Touchable Earth App nominated as a top app for international dialogue

  ·  Un Mundo do Proyectos - A World of Projects

  ·  iEARN-Botswana and iEARN-Taiwan team up on ToyJoy Project

  ·  Submit your media to the Adobe Youth Voices Aspire Awards

  ·  View youth-produced media from iEARN-China's Adobe Youth Voices

 

Upcoming Events

  ·  2013 iEARN International Conference & Youth Summit Website is live!

  ·  YouthCaN World Conference 2013

 

Recent Events

  ·  Christopher Stevens Youth Network: Global Connections 2.0 workshops

  ·  iEARN-Taiwan Hosts 3-Day Winter Camp

  ·  Photojournalism 2.0: Images of Social Change workshops in Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Tajikistan

  ·  iEARN-Yemen hosts “Youth Learning for Change” Workshop

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US-Japan Art Miles

US-Japan Art Miles | iEARN in Action | Scoop.it
This is a half painted mural of Asanogawa Elementary School in Japan. Their partner is St. Pius X in USA. When it is completed, we will see one tree painted by the two countries' students.

これは金沢市立浅野川小学校で制作された壁画です。アメリカのST. Pius Xに届けられました。二つの国の子どもたちで一本の木を完成させます。
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iEARN-Belarus hosts Adobe Youth Voices Workshop in Minsk

iEARN-Belarus hosts Adobe Youth Voices Workshop in Minsk | iEARN in Action | Scoop.it
“iEARN New Resources for Teachers Professional Development and Student Digital Storytelling” workshop hosted at the Minsk National Technical Library.
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Happy Year of the Snake!

Happy Year of the Snake! | iEARN in Action | Scoop.it

 The Chinese New Year celbration started from Feb 9 to 24, where the Chinese families can have reunion again for a good holiday. Meanwhile, it is also a time for everyone not only a good time to relax, but also a good time to reflect the past year and plan for the future year!

 

For the past year, iEARN Taiwan teachers and students have worked with you in different projects and also some other face-to-face gatherings.  They have reported their success and fruitful learning from you all.  I send my great thankfulness to your collaboration with us.

 
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Celebrating 25 years of iEARN in Images "Global Connections and Exchange Program, iEARN-Kenya, 2008"

Celebrating 25 years of iEARN in Images "Global Connections and Exchange Program, iEARN-Kenya, 2008" | iEARN in Action | Scoop.it
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Khitam A Al-Utaibi's curator insight, February 13, 2013 1:56 PM

Public Diplomacy should be a curriculum in all schools world wide!

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On the #RoadtoDoha (Part 1) : A Relief Teacher's Journey

On the #RoadtoDoha (Part 1) : A Relief Teacher's Journey | iEARN in Action | Scoop.it

In late June, I’ll be embarking on one of my biggest adventures yet – a trip to Doha, Qatar for the iEARN 2013 Conference.

 

With my passport arriving yesterday, I’m looking forward to booking my flights and accommodation early next week.. It’s going to be an exciting trip, and I’m looking forward to learning more about iEARN, and experiencing life in the Far East.

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We're excited to see you in Doha, Michael! 

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NSLI-Y Korea Students Volunteer at a North Korean Defectors Shelter

NSLI-Y Korea Students Volunteer at a North Korean Defectors Shelter | iEARN in Action | Scoop.it

On January 15th, NSLI-Y students in Korea had their first meeting with elementary and middle school students at the North Korea Defectors Shelter outside of Seoul. The NSLI-Y students will volunteer at the defectors shelter during their six week winter break for two hours every Tuesday to mentor and tutor youth.  

 

In preparation for volunteering at the shelter, NSLI-Y students learned more about Korean history around the division, when and why the defectors left North Korea, and what daily life is like for a defector. The defectors shelter supports North Koreans’ transition into everyday life and society in the south through providing language and technical skills training in addition to job support. Because it is difficult for children to transition school systems between the two countries, they attend a special school at the shelter. NSLI-Y students mentor, tutor, and support these students through playing fun games and teaching English.

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Kuwait’s Successful High School Journalism Project | The Middle East Partnership Initiative

Kuwait’s Successful High School Journalism Project | The Middle East Partnership Initiative | iEARN in Action | Scoop.it

For the past two years, The International Education and Resource Network’s (iEARN) has been implementing a very successful high school journalism project in Kuwait. The project provides students and educators training in multimedia reporting based on the principles of independent and ethical journalism. The project offered online courses and one-on-one training from veteran journalists. Kuwaiti students also visited Oman to learn from the experiences of those students and educators who participated in the project in past years. 

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Teachers Embrace Digital Learning Strategies | MindShift

Teachers Embrace Digital Learning Strategies | MindShift | iEARN in Action | Scoop.it

Today is the second annual Digital Learning Day, designated to bring attention to the benefits of technology for learning. As part of the effort, PBS LearningMedia has released a survey showing that 74 percent of teachers say educational technology benefits their classroom in many ways, including the ability to reinforce and expand content, motivate students, and respond to a variety of learning styles. Given these numbers, and despite increasing access, it’s not surprising that 68 percent of teachers still want more access to technology in the classroom. That number goes up to 75 percent of teachers in low-income schools.

 
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No mention of connecting classrooms to the world-- one the most important uses of technology in the classroom-- but at least the Russians get a shout-out.

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Khitam A Al-Utaibi's curator insight, February 13, 2013 2:09 PM

I appreciate teachers' initiating the change with their students in the classrooms. I hear them telling the official systems "WE'RE NOT WAITING FOR YOU TO CHANGE, WE ARE MOVING TOWARDS THE FUTURE WITH OUR STUDENTS".

 

If official education systems did not take qualitative steps towards better 21st century education, soon we will see them in chaos, living dark ages of ignorance, rigidness, and limited minds!

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Adobe Youth Voices 2013 Aspire Awards

Adobe Youth Voices 2013 Aspire Awards | iEARN in Action | Scoop.it
Drumroll please…we’re excited to announce the 2013 Aspire Awards! We’re back for our second year to celebrate youth who creatively demonstrate their vision for positive change. We want to see how you use your imagination, creativity and media skills – through photography, animation, music videos, photo essays and more. Here’s all the details: http://adobe.ly/R7pjxP.
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