iEARN at U.S. Department of State organized Exchange 2.0 Meetup
On Wednesday, July 27, 2011, iEARN alumni and teachers shared their experiences with technology-enabled international exchange on a series of panels at the U.S. Department of State organized Exchange 2.0 Meetup following the UN High Level Meeting on Youth in New York City. Other participating organizations included the Global Nomads Group and Soliya.
iEARN participants emphasized the value of international exchange to motivate students and launch discussion and inquiry in the classroom, the importance of helping students to take action with their learning, and the value of having young people engaged in projects with real peers working on issues that matter to them. Among the projects highlighted was the Our Rivers, Our World Project.
The event also featured participation by Ronan Farrow, Senior Advisor for Global Youth Issues to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Director of the State Department’s office of Global Youth Issues, and Kalpen Modi of the White House Office of Public Engagement.
Teachers' Guide to Exchange 2.0 Technology-Enabled International Exchange - a guide developed by iEARN-USA to help teachers use the Internet to "reach out" globally. These materials were initially prepared as part of the US Department of Education's inaugural International Education Week in November 2000 and were hosted by the US Department of Education. The third version of the Guide was released in March 2011.
New "Exchange 2.0 - Technology Enabled International Interaction Guide"
The new guide was developed by iEARN-USA to help teachers use the Internet to "reach out" globally. These materials were initially prepared as part of the US Department of Education's inaugural International Education Week in November 2000 and hosted by the US Department of Education. This is the third version of the Guide.
Read More and view the guide on the Connect All Schools website >
Connect All Schools Launched
At the 2011 Annual Celebration of Teaching and Learning, sponsored by WNET/Channel Thirteen in New York City, the Connect All Schools initiative was launched on March 19th. Joining Ed Gragert, Executive Director of iEARN-USA, were Karen Cator, Head of the Office of Education Technology at the US Department of Education and Craig Brown, Chief of the Youth Division of the Office of Citizen Exchanges of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Exchanges of the US Department of State. Both Cator and Brown stressed how the initiative meets the objectives of both Departments because it enhances teaching and learning and broadens awareness of the world among US students and teachers. The Initiative seeks to demonstrate that if all of our students are to gain skills needed for the 21st century, we must strive to provide skills in the areas of global awareness, ability to work collaboratively, familiarity with technology and ability to communicate effectively across cultures and boundaries.