Are you a boundary buster, a trailblazer, a sharer? Do you “walk the walk” and believe that it is “better together?” Here is an opportunity for educational leaders from across the world to highlight their critical efforts to transform education through globally connected learning.
Digital Promise and EdSurge are hosting the first annual Digital Innovation in Learning Awards(DILAs) to shine a spotlight on great practices in education and share those practices with others.
They are currently accepting applications and nominations for 15 awards in three categories:
Candidate submissions must be received by October 1 at 11:59pm PST. Winners receive a free round-trip (domestic U.S.) flight and hotel accommodations in the Bay Area for the DILAs Gala on November 21.
iEARN-USA believes that digital innovation and learning busts boundaries and is definitely better together, and is pleased to nominate teachers from its network for the opportunity to share their inspiring stories widely.
exciting new resource!
Originally posted on Chris Stevens Youth Network:
The Arabic language version of the CSYN Teacher’s Guide to Online Collaboration and Global Projects is now available for educators to view and download online! With the start of a new academic year, this guide is a valuable resource for Arabic language speaking educators in the CSYN program and the iEARN network for planning collaborative projects.
This guide, developed as part of the U.S. Department of State’s virtual exchange program called the Chris Stevens Youth Network (CSYN), assists educators in designing and implementing global collaborative projects to connect schools in the U.S. with schools in the Middle East and North Africa.
The Arabic version of the guide was translated by iEARN Jordan, led by Country Coordinator Khitam Al-Utaibi. This resource includes nine modules with steps to help educators select a project relating to one of eight global themes, develop a project plan, and conduct a collaborative project using technology…
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The new Hunger, Poverty & Inequality Portal brings together organizations to allow teachers and students to go to one location and get inspired, learn, act and reflect on the problem of hunger, poverty & inequality and show them that they can make a difference. Check out the video below and hear how these organizations are helping teachers and their students to take constructive steps in becoming part of the solution.
Let’s all ask the why questions.
Five years ago today in Cairo, Egypt, President Obama called for an expansion of programs to connect U.S. and Muslim youth:
On education, we will expand exchange programs, and increase scholarships, like the one that brought my father to America. At the same time, we will encourage more Americans to study in Muslim communities. And we will match promising Muslim students with internships in America; invest in online learning for teachers and children around the world; and create a new online network, so a young person in Kansas can communicate instantly with a young person in Cairo.
iEARN is pleased to contribute to this effort through programs like the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program, the National Security Language Initiative for Youth, and the Chris Stevens Youth Network.
iEARN-USA looks forward to working with the Obama Administration, like the Clinton Administration and Bush Administration before it, to support the critical investment in online learning for teachers and students worldwide. Globally connected learning is effective, inclusive, and transformative. The new Connected Learning Alliance, The Exchange 2.0 Campaign, Connected Educators, and the new Collaboratory will amplify and accelerate this globally connected learning, which one day will simply be known as “learning.”
We invite teachers and students worldwide to join us and our partners to create new beginnings for your classroom.
What better way to celebrate than by thanking you, our supporters and friends, with a copy of our 2013 iEARN-USA Annual Report.
In its pages, you’ll see the many ways iEARN-USA prepares young people to live and work in an interconnected world.
Join us today for the launch of our new iEARN-USA Publisher Page on Edmodo – a space for educators, administrators, and parents to connect and discuss global project-based learning.
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. The YES students in Pakistan, representing all four provinces and 38 different regions nationally, commonly do not have access to the quality resources and materials (books, dictionaries and other published materials). TabLab will serve as a one-stop solution, which will keep them connected with the group, teachers and facilitators 24/7. Students will spend an average of 40 hours per month using this facility to improve their English.
TabLab benefits from a special discounted package negotiated with Pakistan Telecommunication Corporation Limited (PTCL) to provide wireless Internet services across Pakistan. Through this package, every student will get wireless Internet connection and an Android device in February 2014 until their departure to the United States in August 2014. Different open source and paid applications and software will be used for the activities. For webinars and online interactive sessions, Adobe Connect, Skype, Google, and Facebook will be the main platforms. Survey Monkey will be used for collecting different information about the students’ progress, challenges and opinions.
Activities facilitated by approximately four English Language Teaching professionals and experts in the field will include:
- Learning through online English language teaching resources including those developed by U.S. Department of State i.e. www.americanenglish.state.gov;
- Accessing self-paced English language teaching/learning materials and resources available online;
- Participating in scheduled webinars and online interactive sessions for English language improvement and enhancement in understanding of cultural diversity and adjustment to a new culture; and
- Participation in online collaborative projects and posting on selected project forums, such as Get to Know Others, Civics, Marriage Customs around the World, Cultural Recipes, Me and My Country, and Photojournalism.
Whether through Digital Storytelling workshops, the SMS partnership with SoukTel, or Youth TechCamps, iEARN is pleased to work our partners across the world and the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to build upon the success of the YES Program through the creative use of new technologies.
The 12-month Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program 10th anniversary celebration reaches its zenith today as partners, host families, alumni and students on program connect virtually to share YES memories as well as 10th Anniversary cakes in their country chapters. We are honored by the special message on YouTube (above) from Evan Ryan, the Assistant Secretary of State at the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA). Please join the celebration on Twitter @yesprogramnews using #KLYES10 and like us on Facebook to share the awesomeness.
You are also invited to watch the 10th Anniversary Yearbook Video to see highlights from the yearlong celebration! The video will feature interviews with Senior Advisor at ECA, Rick Ruth, alumni from early years of the program, and a host family. After a look at the last 10 years of the YES program, as well as all of the 10th Anniversary celebration activities, the video looks forward to the next 10 years of the program.
Dear Friends of iEARN-USA,
Thanks to your generous contributions, iEARN-USA continues to build cross-cultural understanding through innovative youth exchange and collaborative-based learning initiatives.
As we look ahead to a busy 2014, we hope you will consider making a year-end contribution to iEARN-USA. Our goal is to raise $25,000 by December 31 in celebration of iEARN’s 25th anniversary in 2013.
Your donation is critical in helping ensure that iEARN-USA and its staff continue to make these life-changing programs available to as many young people around the world as possible.
Join us on the YES Programs Website, Twitter, and Facebook for the next ten days as we celebrate a countdown to the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program 10th Anniversary Virtual Reunion. The festivities will culminate on December 12, beginning with a special message from Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
iEARN is a founding partner of the YES Program, which was established by the U.S. Congress in October, 2002. This model 21st Century youth exchange program is funded through the U.S. Department of State and sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Each year, the YES Program provides scholarships for more than 900 high school students (15-17 years) from countries with significant Muslim populations to spend up to one academic year in the U.S.
YES participants, host families, and alumni mean the world to us, and to paraphrase YES Alumnus Adeel Pasha (above), this extraordinary program is only limited by our imaginations.