iEARN-USA (International Education and Resource Network) has announced the availability of its newly revised Teachers' Guide to International Collaboration on the Internet. The announcement comes during International Education Week (November 14-18), a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. The iEARN guide is one of the key tools available to educators who would like to internationalize their classrooms, according to the announcement. It is available free from the Department of Education's Web site at http://www.ed.gov/teachers/how/tech/international/.
The new Teachers' Guide provides tutorials, tips, online and print resources, and specific curriculum-based projects in which U.S. teachers can participate to establish school-to-school global interaction on the Internet. Examples are provided across the entire curriculum, from science and creative arts projects to interaction in World Languages.
iEARN-USA Director Dr. Edwin Gragert, notes: "Through the Internet, students and teachers have the opportunity to go beyond international simulations and engage directly with students in other countries. Students have the opportunity to both learn and teach through direct interaction, enabling them to gain knowledge about and the ability to work with other cultures. These are important 21st century skills. The Teachers' Guide provided by the Department of Education helps educators equip students with these skills."
iEARN-USA has pioneered online collaborative education among countries of the world since 1988 for the purpose of enhancing learning and connecting youth to make a difference in the world. iEARN is currently active in schools and youth organizations in 115 countries. iEARN works internationally with many partners to expand access by U.S. classes to the world's students and teachers.
Source: iEARN-USA, http://us.iearn.org