December 12, 2011
I teach Middle School in Philadelphia, Pa. What began as a small global educational group of students last year has grown into a class that meets nearly every day at lunch, thanks to the work of iEARN and its mission of “collaborative action on global issues” for young people. Using the resources and forums available on the extensive iEARN site, my students have made collaborative connections with schools in many other countries as well as other parts of the United States. In this 21st century of rapid change and troubling issues, in iEARN project work there is always the common ground of reaching out and working hard with other students. We have been involved a project to raise awareness of and funding to find solutions to world hunger. We have made friends with and exchanged cultural celebrations cards with students in seven other countries. Along with partners in two other schools, we are learning to understand the danger of water pollution by plastic, and have begun a recycling program of plastic water bottles and cups in our school. Without the tools and collaborative stability of iEARN, we would never have come this far.
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