In 5 Years, U.S. Schools Will Be Connected to Others Worldwide

“If teachers could tell their stories — what they’re doing, what impact it had on their students, how it changed their classroom, how it prepared their students for the 21st Century, and what organizations they worked with to make it happen, other teachers would be able to say, ‘I can do that,’” says iEARN-USA Executive Director Ed Gragert to Mind/Shift magazine. Read full article here!

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Connect All Schools Pushes American Students To Go Global

“The project is fairly simple in its current state. It consists of a Web site where visitors can register to share stories about how their schools are making international connections or read what others are doing. Posts can include text, photos, and videos. Activities described include student and teacher exchanges, global issues curricula, video conferences, and other collaborative efforts, many done through the services offered by the consortium members” Continue reading “Connect All Schools Pushes American Students To Go Global” article in the Journal

Under Secretary Judith McHale endorses Connect All Schools Initiative

On March 24, 2011 iEARN and Adobe Youth Voices Peapod Academy in Redwood City, California, hosted a Skype Conference linking Peapod students with their peers from Karachi and Rawalpindi, Pakistan. The conference call was attended by Judith McHale – the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the US Department of State – who used the opportunity to support the Connect All Schools initiative. “One of the things that both President Obama and Secretary Clinton have asked us to do is to find new ways to bring people in the United States closer to people all over the world so that we could learn about each other and listen to each other with the view that if we do that we will become closer together and we will work together to solve problems”, said McHale. “So I think this project of connecting every school is terrific, because the more young people can learn about each other, talk to each other and just become friends, better off we are going to be”.

Youth at Community School Central and Peapod Adobe Youth Voices Academy are participating in the World Youth News project  sponsored by IEARN, UNICEF and PBS Newshour Extra. The video was produced by Diego Pettersson and edited by Peapod Academy students.