December 23, 2011
About a decade ago, I was the global studies chair of an international studies magnet school. My school was searching for partners for online learning and exchanges. I learned about IEARN at a conference and my professional life was transformed. Recently Project Based Learning, 21st Century Skills, and global citizenship is all the rage. IEARN has been a pioneer in these endeavors for more than 20 years. I have stood under a tree in the rain with young social studies teachers from Iran who travel with male chapersones. I have stood in the sunshine with colleagues from Israel, Taiwan, Pakistan, Netherlands, Turkey, and Senegal. I have collaborated with and learned from educators and students from almost every continent. Such is the IEARN world. When a school or organization joins with IEARN, the students and teachers communicate with and do Project Based Learning with classrooms in any of 130 countries. Students of all ages engage in reading and writing for authentic audiences, tackle real world issues, express their work creatively, and use technology to research and communicate. IEARN projects cross all of the core and elective subjects and can be used within the required curriculum or in an extracurricular setting. Member teachers and students can join ongoing projects or propose new projects and seek partners.
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