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The International Education and Resource Network


Learning with the world, not just about it

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What Is Telecollaboration?

  • Telecollaboration is a structured activity in which students use Internet tools such as e-mail, chat, Web pages, blogs, podcasts, etc. to access, process and share data and to communicate, cooperate and collaborate.

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What Is Telecollaborative Project Work?

Telecollaborative project work is a term that has developed to describe online student project work that combines the use of telecollaboration and some form of a project-based activity.

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What is iEARN?

iEARN Program Goals

Online Project-Based Learning Benefits


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  • What is iEARN?

  • The International Education and Resource Network

  • 20th Anniversary Video

  • Started 1988

  • A Network of educators and students from

  • over 25,000 schools and youth organizations

  • 2,000,000 Students, aged 5-19

  • 26,000 Educators

  • 125Countries

  • 300 Projects

  • 30Languages

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iEARN Secure Environment

  • iEARN hassearchable databases

  • on the Webto help you to find easily international students and teachers within theiEARN Communityworldwide to collaborate on projects.

  • iEARN provides its community

  • with the supportive framework to

  • collaborate in projects.

  • The vision and purpose of iEARN is that


  • have to enhance the


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iEARN Program Goals

  • To facilitate teacher & student-directed collaborative project work

  • Enhance students’

  • expression, language skills and

  • understanding of the world.

  • Engage students

  • in discussions and dialogue

  • to discuss common issues and

  • those related to one’s culture.

  • Develop an appreciation

  • forcultural diversityand tolerance.

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iEARN Program Goals

  • To createglobal, national and local support structures to sustain project work

  • To demonstrate that online education can enhance learning and improve the quality of life on the planet.

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iEARN Program Goals

Stimulate students’

engagement and service

in their community.

Develop civil awareness

and responsibility.

Improve learning and teaching practices.

Build a supportive community

of educators that share

the latest teaching methodologies.

Integrate technology

in the curriculum in meaningful projects.

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  • Since its start, iEARN has adhered to four underlying principles:

  • iEARN project and program initiatives are “grassroots”

  • iEARN honors a diversity of teaching and learning styles

  • iEARN recognizes that learning also happens outside of the classroom, and classroom learning must be shared with broader community, locally and globally

  • iEARN builds partnerships

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iEARN Provides

…A known audience

Writing and reading

for a purpose

  • "Children develop language through interaction...they learn to talk by talking to someone who responds…They must therefore learn to write by writing to someone who responds. It will perhaps be possible for us to create classroom communities within school which writing matters because…

  • it's done forreal reasonsbyreal writerswhoache with caring forreal response.”

  • Reflections by Mem Fox, 1993

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iEARN is ……..

  • Projects in all curriculum areas

  • Arts & Literature

  • Social Studies

  • Math & Science

  • Languages & ESL

  • Adaptable to meet national (state) standards

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iEARN is ……..

Sustained Collaboration

Ongoing projects

Some projects more than decade old

Long-term partnerships among teachers and schools

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iEARN is ……..

Accessible, regardless of a school’s level of technology or experience.

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iEARN is ……..

Decentralized, with local control & group decision-making

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iEARN is ……..


Global, national, regional, local

NGOS, educational agencies, youth groups, foundations

Ministries, Departments of Education

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iEARN is ……..

  • Professional Development

  • Face-to-face

  • Online Courses

  • Train-the-Trainer

  • Annual Conference

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iEARN is ……..

Student & educator exchanges

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iEARN is ……..

  • Annual Conferences

  • Canada (2010)

  • Morocco (2009)

  • Egypt (2007)

  • Netherlands (2006)

  • Senegal (2005)

  • Slovakia (2004)

  • Japan (2003)

  • Russia (2002)

  • South Africa (2001)

  • China (2000)

  • Puerto Rico (1999)

  • USA (1998)

  • Spain (1997)

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iEARN is ……..

The largest project-based

K-12 network in the world!

25,000 schools and youth organizations in over 125 countries.

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Active Learning and Teaching

All iEARN projects are

teacher and student driven

Learning beyond

the 4 walls

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Active Learning and Teaching

  • Students engage in complex real world issues.

  • Use problem solving & critical thinking skills.

  • Learn to apply knowledge in a variety of contexts.

  • Learn and apply interpersonal skills as they work cooperatively.

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Tangible results

  • Activities incorporate reflection & critical thinking.

  • Projects end with a presentation or product that demonstrates learning.

  • Increase technical ability.

  • Students with various strengths and inclinations have opportunities to explore their talents in a variety of ways.

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  • Practice using career skills: allocation of time and resources.

  • Practice projecting learning outcomes.

  • End with a product that is assessed in a variety of ways.

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  • A culturally diverse community of supportive educators.

  • Build sensitivity and compassion for others.

  • Opportunities to meet in person.

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Sample Projects & Themes

  • Our Footprints, Our Future (Carbon Footprinting)

  • Water Habitat Project

  • Kindred Family History Project

  • The Role of Women in Family and Society

  • YouthCaN

  • Moving Voices Digital Video Documentaries

  • Laws of Life Essay Project

  • What My Country Is to Me

  • Connecting Math to Our Lives

  • A Vision Creative Writing Anthology

  • Global Art: A Sense of Caring

Child Labor, Children’s rights, Environment and Ecology, Gender equity, Globalization, Human rights, Peace, Poverty, Prejudice and discrimination, Racism, Refugees, Conflicts and wars, Tolerance, Women’s rights and role in society.

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iEARN Projects

Learning Circles

My Hero

Talking Kites

New York City



Early Peoples Symbols Project

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iEARN Projects

Adriane Barton

Tara Collins

Brittany Powers

Melissa Rich

Richard Rosenblum

Carrie Sasso

Ashley Scavo

Amy Sherman

Meghan Tranter

Miguel Zambrano

Allison Schwartz

Judy Duffield

Password: Lehigh

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  • Planningand

  • Implementing

  • An

  • iEARN Project

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Select a Project & Plan Your Curriculum

  • 1 - Ask yourself:

  • What do I want my students to get out of this year’s work with me?

  • Whatcontentorbase knowledgewill I cover?

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Select a Project & Plan Your Curriculum

  • 2 - The project you select should address a real life question or problem that:

  • Is interesting & excitingto youAND your students.

  • Has accessible & age appropriate resourcesto investigate the topic.

  • Provide opportunities to make connectionsto other classes as well asin and out of school and enhances critical thinking and problem solving skills.

  • Will involve your students inteam work.

  • Can be addressed through avariety of strategies & activities.

  • Will help students with variousstrengths and inclinations.

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Select a Project & Plan Your Curriculum

  • 3 - Plan learning activities that:

  • Give you the chance to see their understanding develop innew & challengingsituations

  • Require them to show their understanding in anobservable way.

  • Involve students inpubliclydemonstratingtheir understanding

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Select a Project & Plan Your Curriculum

  • 4 - Plan ongoing assessment: What criteria will help my students and me figure out what they understand?

  • Instructor Informal checks: observations, dialogue & feedback

  • Peer assessment

  • Self assessment

  • Quiz / test

  • Academic prompts

  • Instructor/students dialogue

  • Performance tasks/projects: Oral Presentations, reports and other tasks.

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Before You Begin:

  • Safety on the NET

  • How to Use Search Engines

  • Get your students ready for online collaboration: sensitivity exercises

  • Netiquette, E-mail and Newsgroup basics

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  • Be sensitive to others.

  • Be explicit and clear.

  • Learn as much as you can about the other cultures you are working with to avoid cultural and language misunderstanding.

  • Avoid sending capitalized messages.

  • Avoid writing messages when you are angry.

  • Avoid hurting people’s feelings.

  • Always be courteous and polite.

  • Be responsible online.

  • Avoid using slang and abbreviations.

  • Always acknowledge receipt of messages.

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Sensitivity Exercises:

  • To raise the level of awareness and understanding

  • Get to know the students you are working with

  • Interests Surveys: team creates, sends, collates and reports results

  • In parallel prepare your classroom bulletin board

    • Post your students’ “buddy contract”

    • Difference in time zones

    • Something special about your peers

    • Pictures

    • Messages to be sent / received

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Steps to Follow

  • Articulate your goals, select the project, and set your leading question.

  • Compile resources.

  • Set your objectives and plan your lesson progression, project activities and timeline.

  • Distribute the project objectives.

  • Discuss project expectations and the frequency of communication.

  • Discuss the project in depth with your students.

  • Create teams, discuss what is expected from them and agree on due dates.

  • Clarify your evaluation method.

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Steps to Follow

  • Send a note to the project coordinator introducing yourself and your students

  • Introduce iEARN’s mission and vision to your students and visit the web site.

  • Prepare your students for online collaboration and have them prepare their introductions.

  • Go to the FORUMS, have them post their introductions.

  • Have students respond to other students’ writing using the writing process.

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Steps to Follow

  • Have students write and publish their own contributions within the project

  • Create a tracking system – grid and discuss it frequently with the students

  • Generate weekly project reminders


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Stay Connected!

  • Use iEARN resources.

  • Check the iEARN Teachers forum regularly.

  • Read iEARN in Action “Newsflash”.

  • Share your story with iEARN teachers!