Like all exchange programs, YES has had its disappointments and heartbreaks. Tens of thousands of high quality applicants are turned away each year. Travel is expensive and visa processing in most YES countries is a long slog. The investment in the YES Program and other innovative programs, however, is critical. YES is clearly meeting the needs of young people in the region. YES is also building the people-to-people relationships so needed today. There is also a certain something about the program that is hard to pin down. Something extraordinary happens when tech-savvy, community-service driven young people from predominantly Muslim countries, several with special needs, live for a year in the homes of American families and study at American high schools. Something extraordinary happens to the host families.
I was part of the YES Abroad class of 2009: one of 48 high school students from all walks of American culture to live with host families and study in local schools overseas. I spent my year in Mali learning French, making life-long friendships, and ultimately, discovering my passion.
In Mali, I had the opportunity to meet with people displaced by violence in different parts of the region. As a daughter of Vietnamese and prisoner of war refugee parents who grew up in inner-city trailer parks in the suburbs of Atlanta, I was deeply humbled by their stories. I brought these inspirational experiences back home with me and volunteered at international refugee assistance and cultural exchange organizations in both Atlanta and Paris, France. These experiences helped me to secure my current internship as a West Africa Program Assistant at the Department of State in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.
The desire of Syrian teachers and students to connect globally is strong. On December 1, 2012, in the midst of a civil war, the first iEARN workshop was held in Lattakia at the Syrian computer society with the cooperation of Syrian Youth Council, the Mada Society and the Hakeem Center.
iEARN-USA is proud to be continuing its Global Connections partnership with iEARN-Syria, and we’d love your help to increase the program’s impact in the United States by enabling as many U.S. classrooms as possible to participate in this exciting opportunity to engage in hands-on, people-to-people, global collaborative projects at a critical time in U.S.-Syrian relations
Since 1999, with these specific needs in mind, the iEARN community has worked with the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) to connect US classrooms with classrooms in countries with significant Muslim populations. In 2002, seven years before President Obama’s Cairo-Kansas speech, ECA consolidated iEARN’s CIVICS and BRIDGE programs, as well as school connectivity programs facilitated by other organizations, and launched the Global Connections and Exchange Program (GCE). A hidden gem among more well-known State Department exchange programs, GCE results have been impressive...
The chat topic title comes from a nifty Global Education Conference keynote by the awesome social meda maven Beth Kanter. While discussing procrastination, Beth asked us to “eat that frog,” as explained by author Brian Tracy:
An old saying is that “If the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long!” Your “FROG” is the one you are most likely to procrastinate on if you don’t do something about it now! It is also the one task that can have the greatest positive impact on your life and results at the moment. ...
This past Friday I had the pleasure of supporting AMNH educational staff (namely, Nathan J. Bellomy) to bring geocaching to YouthCaN. YouthCaN is an international, youth-led organization that was once founded with iEARN at the museum and uses technology to inspire, connect and educate people worldwide about environmental issues. Geocaching is a twelve-year old global scavenger hunt that brings together real world objects and GPS-devices to offer an experience in blended learning, user-generated content, mobile gaming, and more.
Could the YouthCaN youth go into central park and use geocaching to advance their interest in environmental issues? That is precisely what we aimed to find out.
We’d love your help to enable as many U.S. classrooms as possible to participate in this exciting opportunity to engage in hands-on, people-to-people, global collaborative projects at a critical time in U.S.-Middle East relations.
E-era focuses on empowering youth in marginalized communities. From Model UN to The Big Read to Adobe Youth Voices (watch below)—the E-era team has successfully connected girls, youth with special needs, and classrooms with little or no technology to partners worldwide. A recent highlight was a community event on March 24, 2012 at Cairo University with The Open Hands Initiative to support a project to bring 10,000 copies of the Silver Scorpion comic book, which features the first ever cross-cultural, disabled superhero, to the youths of Egypt....
Seeking Partners: iEARN Projects and Activities → Co-Facilitate Global Novel Project → Host the Magical Moments Around the World travelling book → Daffodils & Tulips Project → Creating Future Citizens → My Identity, Your Identity → Holiday Card Exchange Project: Between Canada and Australia → Special Thanks to Fumo Ito
Resources, Contests, Websites and Announcements → 2013 iEARN Intl Teachers Conference & Youth Summit in Qatar → Be a Judge for the My Hero Peoples Choice Award → Please help Susan Kuo, iEARN-Taiwan with her Doctorate Survey → Monthly Resource: VoiceThread
Upcoming Events → iEARN Taiwan Annual Member Meeting
Recent Events → Recordings from 2012 Virtual iEARN Conference & Youth Summit → Special Events in Argentina
Over the past dozen years, the 800 generous volunteers of World Computer Exchange have sent 151 shipments of low-cost refurbished computers loaded with our content pack. Our computers connect a total of 2,960 schools, orphanages, libraries and youth centers in 44 developing countries. We also include midwife kits, books, solar lamps, network gear, soccer balls and digital libraries. Our volunteers help build the capacity of our partner organizations, provide technology training and gather content for youth to use when they cannot be connected to the internet.
Our trusted partner organizations estimate that we have connected 3.6 million youth who would not otherwise have had access to the skills, opportunities and understanding of the internet.
El passat dissabte 1 de desembre va tenir lloc el lliurament del "XIII Premio de Innovación Educativa" organitzat per la Fundación Telefónica a Madrid. Josep Torrents, president de iEARN Pangea va ser dels elegits per presentar el seu treball realitzat en el Projecte "Itinerarios" que ha creat conjuntament amb Gelu Morales i Alejandra García. El Josep va utilitzar la lletra de l'Anna Vives per a la presentació.
We’re kicking off our 25th Anniversary celebration a bit early with an action-packed December of daily blog posts, special events, and our year-end Global Connections campaign on Crowdrise. Check back here often for inspiring stories of global classroom collaboration from around the iEARN community and our partners worldwide.
It is the day before Thanksgiving Break: Grandparents’ Day. The classrooms are full of overly excited children, wearing turkey feather headbands, discussing their upcoming break from school, still energized from the highly anticipated visits from grandparents.
However, in one classroom, thirty children stand around paper bags, each bag labeled with a different country: Belarus, Ukraine, Taiwan, Russia, Thailand, and Poland.