This November, iEARN is honored to celebrate International Education Week through its partnership with the Global Education Conference, an event which co-chairs Lucy Gray and Steve Hargadon have imbued with the spirit of professional generosity. This generosity—and the trust, respect and humility that results from meaningful cross-cultural classroom collaboration—is what iEARN’s two million participants may tell you is the wisest international use of technology they’ve ever experienced.
2012 Virtual iEARN International Teacher Conference and Youth Summit
Seeking Partners: iEARN Projects and Activities • Connecting Maths to our Lives • National Dress Project • Public Art • Natural Disaster Youth Summit: Reaching out to Victims of Hurricane Sandy • YouthCaN Environmental Project
Resources, Contests, Websites and Announcements • New Blog from iEARN-Pakistan • Global Connections 2.0
Recent Events • Kuwait High School Journalism Program: End-of-Year Exhibition • English Club Students in Tajikistan organise a Halloween Party
Our sincerest thoughts are with all of you from the Caribbean islands up through the eastern coast of the U.S. and Canada who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy this past week. When a natural disaster strikes, it’s a humbling reminder of just how fragile we are beneath the power of mother nature.
It’s also in times like these that support and knowledge sharing as part of a global community can provide comfort. ...
Souktel is excited to announce an expansion into Bangladesh in partnership with the US Department of State—with the launch of its PeerNet mobile networking services for youth. These services are delivered together with the non-profit International Education and Resource Network (iEARN), and they follow the partners’ earlier launch of similar services in India and Pakistan.
GEARN არის საქართველოს საგანმანათლებლო სარესურსო ქსელი. იგი წარმოადგენს iEARN საერთაშორისო ქსელის ქართულ ვერსიას (იხ. www.iearn.org). GEARN-ის მიზანია კომპიუტერისა და ინტერნეტის პოპულარიზება და ეფექტური გამოყენება საქართველოს სკოლებში. iEARN და GEARN საქართველოში 2000 წლიდან მოქმედებს.
The International Education and Resource Network (iEARN), a leader in online collaborative project-based learning, announces the launch of the Global Connections 2.0 program for teachers and students from the United States and 19 countries from the Middle East and North Africa. This virtual exchange program, designed and funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, focuses on developing leadership and technology skills for teachers and youth to explore global issues through online, project-based collaboration.
“This reciprocal exchange will enrich our students’ lives through globally minded leadership development,” noted Kahraman Arafa, Country Coordinator at iEARN Palestine, one of the participating countries. “Our educators and youth will benefit from the opportunity to exchange ideas around youth empowerment and free expression with partner educators and youth in the United States and other countries.”
As part of the project, iEARN will collaborate with the Buck Institute for Education to develop cutting-edge tools and resources in Arabic and English to facilitate teachers’ use of Project Based Learning around global themes. In fostering digital dialogue, the Global Connections 2.0 program will provide professional development opportunities to 300 teachers including trainings, online courses, and a master trainer workshop at the 2013 iEARN Annual Conference in Doha, Qatar.
Join iEARN at the K-12 Global Education Symposium 2012: Global Issues and Global Solutions in University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, October 24-25, 2012.
Co-sponsored by the NC State Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction, the 2012 K-12 Global Education Symposium addresses a vital topic for all 21st century educators: Global Issues and Global Solutions. This symposium offers general and concurrent sessions examining the world’s most pressing challenges and resources for integrating global themes across the curriculum.
Several iEARN projects were featured at the final event of the Global Junior Challenge 2012 held in Rome (Italy) from October 17-19, 2012. The programme includes various activities that will be held in different locations:primary school Don Gioacchino Rey, Città Educativa di Roma, new seat of Fondazione Mondo Digitale and the magnificent "Sala della Protomoteca" at the Campidoglio, seat of Roma Capitale.
When Kids Can Make a Difference became a program of iEARN in 2010, it was clear from the start that the missions of the two organizations were a fit. As we explored how KIDS' resources like the Finding Solutions to Hunger Guide could be used to enhance iEARN food security and hunger-related projects, excitement about the partnership grew. And, then, as is always the case in iEARN, some creative teachers came along and created the real magic.
In the iEARN Holiday Card Project, facilitated by Judy Barr in Australia, teachers and students prepare an envelope containing holiday cards and send them using snail mail to the other schools in their group between October and December. Students are invited to make Christmas, New Year's, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Eid, or other cards celebrating their special holidays. Students are encouraged to explain how their family and their community celebrates, the type of food that is eaten and other traditions associated with the event. Each school will be placed in a group with approximately seven other schools and will prepare either handmade or purchased cards to send to each of the other schools.
As classrooms, school hallways and homes across the country are decorated and buzzing in the spirit of Halloween (October 31st, 2012), what better time to reflect on the origins of the day and engage your students in storytelling and research as part of a global project while their motivation and excitement is dizzying?
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