iEARN has been such a life-changing organization for myself and many others. I truly believe they will go on to be a great factor in making the world a better place
Within iEARN and I learnt the way to lead myself, my own family and community members towards development; true, more than 15 years facilitation of iEARN project helped me to contribute to bring change to my community. Hence, participating and facilitating iEARN projects helps learners and educators achieve self esteem through sustainable self fulfillment.
iEARN brings the world in the classroom, empowers and inspires classrooms’. Now we can boast of learning beyond the walls of our classes, share and do collaborative work with classes anywhere we want in the world. Teachers and students make a lasting connections and partnership. I believe it is a blessing to us. Personally, iEARN change my life. My life testimony begin with iEARN. When we were kids we use to call ourselves children of iEARN.
Mustapha Louznadji, a former high school teacher and high school inspector of English for 35 years experience is now a manager of Al Falah Private School and educational consultant in Al Hayet School in Oran- Algeria.
My partnership with iEARN started in the year 2013. This partnership started between ELT@lgeria, the network I founded and iEARN. I started as a participant to the CSYN Online Course where I got many new ideas on Project-based learning which I made into practice while delivering workshops in my inspectorate districts and wherever I am invited to deliver workshops on PBL around the country. Then, with the country coordinator, Ms Kheira Mezough, I have participated in all the activities and events organized around the country. We have been working in collaboration to recruit teachers, conduct workshops, and train select participants to prepare them both for the online course and iEARN Global Collaborative Projects. I have been an iEARN online course facilitator since 2013. In addition, I volunteered as a Project Practicum Facilitator in Fall 2017 and Spring 2018.
Our activities also include visits to the concerned schools where we encourage both teachers and students to work on iEARN Global Collaborative projects. In addition, we maintain their motivation until they give their exhibitions in front of a varied audience.
My story with iEARN is a very rich experience since I travel around the country to spread iEARN’s principles in Algeria, and share our achievements and success stories with our peers.
In the last 5 years we have covered many rural and urban areas from West to East and North to South. Miles and miles covered in the largest country of Africa were worth being done for the sake of promoting iEARN Collaborative and Global projects. It was a challenging adventure, but we managed to reach 300 teachers and around 100 students from remote areas and big cities. All in all, we have reached 35 out of 48 states around the country.
We already attended an iEARN annual conference in Doha, Qatar where we shared our experiences with PBL and learned with peers from around the world. We got fresh ideas while attending inspiring workshops with experts from Buck Institute for Education (BIE). We also improved our PBL existing knowledge when getting constructive feedback from participants who attended our presentation; ‘My Global Family in Doha’ https://eltalgeria-ime.webs.com/my-global-family-in-qatar
In April 2017, we organized our first national iEARN@lgeria event where all participants to iEARN previous online courses were invited to share their experiences with iEARN Collaborative Global Projects. Then our second national event was held in the east of Algeria, precisely in Guelma. https://www.mosaicnorthafrica.com/guelma-historical-site-algeria/
On March 17, 2018, we participated in the English Language Forum Organized by AMIDEAST. The panel was about online opportunities for teachers and iEARN@lgeria Success Stories. On March 20, 2018, we held a regional BRIDGE workshop and project exhibition in Bechar where three states from the South of the country including Al Bayadh, Naima and Bechar took part. https://iearn-algeria.webs.com
With iEARN, I have got exciting and inspiring new ideas and made amazing connections online, but there is nothing better than getting learning opportunities through the serendipity of a live iEARN annual conference that I can bring back to my country where I share my learning with the local community of educators. I can also do it in the future live events with the MENA educators. Attending the 2018 iEARN Conference in Winchester is an opportunity to step out the privacy of my own office and exchange ideas with iEARN staff around the world, my online course co-facilitators as well as former and current participants in the CSYN and BRIDGE Programs. It is, in fact, a way to form new relationships and strengthen existing ones. The benefits when attending Winchester Conference were just great! I attended multitudes of presentations on a variety of topics from which I got inspired for future actions. I met my co-facilitators in-person, visited places of interests and had amazing moments discussing and sharing ideas in the cultural nights ceremonies. It was also an opportunity to share my own experience with Project-Based Learning since I have joined iEARN in the year 2013. And my presentation was an attempt to motivate online course participants to remain focused. https://www.iearn2018.org/sessions/how-to-boost-teachers-and-students-motivation-for-online-global-collaborative-projects
To conclude, I would keep working in collaboration with the country coordinator; we will try to manage an iEARN Center in Algeria which will be hosted by Al Falah private school where I work as a manager. We will keep informing and involving educators for future online courses, and national events iEARN@lgeria will organize. We will also engage educators to participate in activities at the American Cultural Centers around the country. We are also planning to apply for Stevens Initiative grant to have further global collaborative projects.
The focus of our future work will be on enabling the Algerian youth to connect with their peers from around the world to become global citizens who make the difference locally, regionally and globally…
iEARN offers all opportunities to remain global!
My story with iEARN is amazing. I started working as a participant to the CSYN Online Course for four weeks where I learned plenty of things on Project-based learning. Then, I implemented all the principles of iEARN with teachers I am in charge of. (I am a high school supervisor). I started working with iEARNlgeria country coordinator. We organized face-to-face meetings around the country. Then, i became an online couse faciltator. I have trained many participants from the US and the MENA. I also participated in the iEARN Annual Conference in Qatar where I delivered a workshop. I met many iEARNers there. We have just organized our national event where we trained the Algerian participants to the BRIDGE Online Course to be ready for the practicum. Working with iEARN is a blessing. It is becoming a family, a community I cannot live without it.
My story with iearn@lgeria
iearn is not only building bridges via education rather it is building bridges with hearts, building bridges with minds & spirits. The program is so enriching that it leads to the peak of empowering educators all over the world. The courses provided by years, are a unique chance for colleagues all over the world to meet, discuss, share, collaborate in a spirit free from any prejudices, disparities& racism.
iearn and I have a lot to do and to say…….. I have been driven through all this period with courses, a terrible wonderful addiction that will live forever in me facing authentic situations for language use, is not current all the time so shall I quote: “ Stevens initiative is a blessing
Stevens initiative is a helping
Stevens initiative is a serving”
In other words, the impact of this human experience is huge, as it was said by my colleague Saliha Benhacene “ it is a giant leap “ a real jump. Breaking the monotony with educational techniques, with strategies, with current not an easy matter, these topics not of the least important ones.
iearn bridge program is a flawless contribution on the part of the USA to give a lift to North African countries. Why not consider it as a giant bridge that goes from Africa to America oh!!! what an achievement. Meeting people over the hill, is a daydream, not because I didn’t travel rather its because I didn’t have the chance to meet educators and learners as kind as those that I met in the Bridge program.
iearn experience drives me crazy saying that I ‘m a newly appointed teacher, a novice one. Although I have been teaching since 1994. I’m still daydreaming since I think now, more than any other moment that I can defeat time as well as age & seem younger not because I ‘m more than 25 years old but because I’m still teaching & educating students as well as the novice teachers who are still fresh.
iearn & my students is another matter, as nice as the roses in my home town Constantine. their path was so honorable that I don’t think their peers will forget about their passage in the bridge program fall 2017 . Amazingly, their perseverance, their will, as well as their nimble wit, drives me speechless. Through days, through months, they grew wiser, self-confident and above all good speakers or shall I say, good orators. Serine, Yasmine, Sid, and all the other learners @lgeria have become a myth, a model in Ibn Teymia High School - Constantine.
All in all, My philosophy in education is “ to teach youngsters different ways, different values so as to lead them to the peak of their dreams and to obtain future independent citizens in my country “
“ Touch the sky you ‘ll reach the stars “ internet source
Lilia zellagui – Ibn Teymia high school
Training Teacher of English
from Constantine – Algeria-
I'm an English teacher from Morocco.In 2007, I was introduced to Iearn in an educational meeting with our supervisor.Since then,I've been participating,adding my studebts each year, interacting in The forums and many collaborative projects that caught my interest such as My Identity,Your I dentity Project,Holiday Cards Exchange, Girls Rising,My school your school,Culture Exchange Package and others..I've benn then moved to to co facilitate one or two of the projects My Identity,Your identity and Culture Exchange Projects..then I moved to create a project of my own since then I coordinate a project that I called "Culture Exchange/Penpals Project" inspired by all the expeience I accumulated from Iearn.we exchange cultural aspects with different schools over the world via mail packages or letters or cards ..and also I match and partner teachers to exchange as well.I choose a closed a facebook groub as platform and I am its admin.I believe itis safe one!and I still coodinate the project My identity your identity in Iearn occasionally.
I'm really grateful to this nonprofit for it brought a lot to my teaching career!Thanks Iearn!
iEARN is the best platform to be connected globally.I never had an inkling that I would be personally and professionally connected with teachers and students worldwide.iEARN helps to make our world a better place to live in.We meet the Sustainable Development Goals which is the need of the hour.The projects we undertake are simply awesome.They are done with true understanding and love.It enhances not only professionally but uplifts every aspect of our very being.We are like actors on this world's stage.iEARN helps to coordinate and play our parts well to make this world a better place.The stage will never come crashing down because iEARN is rebuilding it's foundation.
I hope you are enjoying your time now.
I have found IEARN really exciting and fruitful. I ameliorated my skills and project work techniques.
I wish you all the best from my heart
Thanks Mohammed! So pleased you have found iEARN beneficial! I see you gave us a positive review, but only 1 star. Would you reconsider giving us a 4 or 5 stars for your review?
Every single one of us makes a difference in the world. So we have decided to invest our energy and resources to spread awareness about the importance of equity of resources to eliminate the cycle of poverty and hunger and chose the platform of iEARN . We understand our responsibilities as a professional and youth to distribute fair chances for everyone. We are known as IEARN warriors when we started Digital Citizenship project and now we get an opportunity to work as a student ambassadors of finding solutions to hunger from Pakistan International School Doha Qatar. Its honour to be the part of this excellent organisation which help us to put our efforts in right direction.
Thank you iEarn.
Ambreen Mehboob's Team
Student Ambassadors from Pakistan International School Doha Qatar.
Thank you Ambreen! Greetings from iEARN-USA!
IEARN taught me about a wonderful global learning community. I guess I would be considered an iEARN elder. I did professional development in the 90's and 2000's. I treasure the travel, experiences and friends I made. I believe that all teachers have the same corizon (word for heart in Spanish) for the future!
Celia Einhorn, New Mexico, USA
Thank you Celia!
Good Day, I remember working with some students from Albuquerque High School during Desert Storm. We met at school at 2am, quickly learning about time zones. We spoke with an Israeli student on a lumaphone, making us pioneers in videoconferencing. He shared with us that he was wearing a gas mask and was very concerned about his pets who didn't have any masks. Snap! At that moment the ABQ students became global citizens and brainstormed about how they could save animals from attacks also. I have fond memories of working with US and Muslim teachers at Columbia University as part of a State Department grant. I learned that teachers all over the world have the same "corazon" (Spanish for heart) and they all care so much about the future. My passion in education is project based learning and this stems from my work with iEARN. Our students have an authentic audience and assessment and work on real world problems.
What inspires me about working and learning with the amazing iEARN teachers is the ability for all of these educators to look past all the petty issues between countries and focus on collaborating , sharing and learning for the betterment of all.. teachers and students. It’s a shame politicians can’t see these kids and teachers in action!
Kathy Bosiak: iEARN Educator, with pride and GLobal Education Ambassador with passion
Thank you Kathy!
#iEARN is the best kept secret that should be shared with every educator that wants their students to become globally aware and involved. Educators and students are provided with a safe , but engaging platform to share and develop project based learning projects or other projects that simply facilitate global and cultural excitement among students and their teachers in a way not offered in the general curriculum! I cannot express how much the content of this group has enhanced the learning of my students and provided me with an international cadre to build friendship and professional foundations with.
Thank you for the kind words, Kathy!
This experience was a dream for me . I have never ever thought that one day i will travel to the USA and alone ! Especially that its a pretty long distance for a person living in Egypt. first of all the moment you arrive it is required from you to be totally independent ,as you have a certain amount of money so, you will start making plans on how to save this money till the last moment and plenty other things you need to be independent to pass through. Talking about the event and what we did there we have to start by asking who did i met ??? what kind of people stayed with?? where did i stay??? Well, we were staying at at college were most of the students from places all over the world(India, Australia,Palestine,Egypt etc........) stayed in the same building . Each student had a roommate which is someone from an another country . This was insane!!!!!!! Now we can turn to our schedule there , each day at the morning after the breakfast we usually go to a high school , there we start to attend workshops for other students discussing the topics of our projects that we were working on &sharing our ideas together of how to reach the 17 sustainable goals by 2030 or workshops for teachers themselves. My favorites were the ones talking about refugees and girl raising . On the third day we went to Washington D.C.Despite the long walk we had and our legs which was about to scream thanks to this young lady with the red dress i never forgot that day was 100% of pure fun . It was fantastic visiting places showing thing about the world war 2 and Abraham Lincoln,s statue . Nothing was more beautiful that the white house . The culture day , at that day each group of students from the same country were asked to present a short play , song etc....... explaining there culture . Georgia , Indian & Japan had perfect performances i was watching with wide eyes ! Uhhhhhh here comes the last day i didn't want to go home ever , I loved my friends there we were used each night to get snacks and either play a movie or dace and listen to music . As a finale, the organization there made us a party in a church which was called the gala day each girl wore the elegant dress and each boy wore a suit to appear so handsome . the party was about having a dinner together while listening to music and it was okay to feel free and dance . After spending thus 10 days experience i can admit that i changed in communication skills , presentation skills , being more mature and having the desire to complete the path and explore more countries. Moreover, i had an enormous amount of information and knowledge. what ?!! All this in 10 days only ??!!!! You must be kidding , don't exaggerate. I am not exaggerating at all , you have to try and you will say more that that . Don't miss it !
Thank you for sharing your story! We loved hearing your thoughts about the 2018 iEARN International Conference and Youth Summit!
iEARN excels at bringing global concerns and initiatives into the classroom by linking teachers and students together to share knowledge, experiences and concerns based on the UN SDGs. My students' world has grown and changed because of iEARN and my students feel more empowered to be global citizens. iEARN as truly changed my classroom for both my students and myself!
Thank you for this lovely reviews and thank you for being a part of the iEARN family!
To start with I'd like to tell some words about me. My name is Liubov Shamova, a teacher from Ukraine. I have been working in IEARN for 17 years, so I can definitely say that the inclusion of projects in the educational process and in non-working activities allowed me to develop children's creativity and opened up the opportunity for students to realize themselves.
And every visit to the iEARN conference gives the opportunity to see new creative horizons for both the teachers and students. This year I was eager to visit the iEARN conference in the USA.
What kind of city is Winchester? Who will come to the conference? What kind of workshop is it better to choose? And a lot of other questions are in my mind before the trip. It will be my first visit to the USA and that is more important I will be the participant of so exciting event as celebrating of the 30th anniversary of iEARN.
July the 7th I landed in Washington (Dallas).
The first day was marked by exciting and memorable meetings at the airport.
I was excited and a little worried and suddenly I saw letters iEARN, then the consciousness started to take the positive, cute smiles of Emma and Raviel. Everything started to come alive and in a short time some people from different countries joined our group for a trip to Winchester. All were full of expectations and pleased to get to know each other.
Now remembering the events that took place during the conference, I can note that they all were very informative, pushed to reflect and initiated further cooperation.
I think that people were the main treasure of the conference – open and friendly, cheerful and very energetic.
It was some kind of magical community, where, after a business meeting, you could be in a circle of friends where the atmosphere of cheerful, easy conversation reigned.
The staff was on top. I have got a lot of questions about different things, they gave detailed answers.
Excellent trip to Washington for an excursion, I can say that we were limited in time but could watch very much.
I hesitated, which workshop to choose each one seemed to me very important.
My choice was done and I can say it was awesome to listen to the stories about long-term impact of iEARN’s online collaborative projects, how to engage students in sustainable goals, how to boost teachers and students motivation for on line global collaborative project and how to connect the sustainable development goals to global teaching and learning. It was fantastic that most of workshops not only presented their information but involved listeners into discussion or gave them time to share experience. Learning Circles is a project I started my way in iEARN so I was very excited when I had chance to share my experience at the workshop.
I enjoyed being at John Handley High School and was impressed by well equipped classes.
The highlights of the conference for me it was Culture Night and Closing Ceremony.
Culture Night impressed me by number of countries and different cultures.
The world lost their borders, different colors mix and people just enjoyed singing or dancing together. I was one of them, was very excited and wish all of them happiness and prosperity.
Not less emotional was the Closing Ceremony. Everything was very solemnly and at the same time sincerely. I was very proud that I am a part of this community.
Wonderful global educators who connect the world. They are the best at making connections and developing programs based on the UN Platform.
My personal interaction with iEARN-USA was as an NSLI-Y scholarship recipient to China. What stood out the most for me is that this organization is made up of amazing individuals who truly embody the organization's mission and provide the utmost support to make my experience overseas nothing less than exceptional. The iEARN-USA staff made sure that I receive the training necessary to make me a successful exchange student, representing the US, before I even left the U.S. Their organization, with attention to every single complicated detail anticipated when one travels abroad, was such a key backbone support that free me to enjoy and learn the exchange experience itself. Above all, I absolutely adore and treasure the staff with whom I interacted.
My experience with i-EARN
SALIHA BELHACENE, a former high school English Teacher, from
. Constantine ,Algeria
I started using i-EARN project s since 2015
This cross-cultural project introduces high school students from Mustapha BEN BOULAID high School in Constantine, Algeria to students from USA, for a collaborative international project work. The students prepare the same project in their respective schools and then discuss them online in forums prepared by their teachers to prompt in-depth exchanges about the works’ themes and messages. In addition, students complete posted activities both before and after reading and answering questions, they respond to each others’ reflections about the chosen project “My Identity ,Your Identity “. Live session was organized in real time (An on line conference) was launched and attended by participants: Facilitators, teachers. students on their part, respond to participants questions.
For the Algerian students, this was excellent practice for their English and an opportunity to get to know American, Moroccan ,Tunisian Yemenites students ,of their age. It was a chance to interact with a different culture and different backgrounds.
Engaging my students to on line conference that assists in developing their strategies as a result ,they found themselves looking beyond the walls of their classroom .
My students were so impressed and decided to provide other projects for the future to match other students in other countries.
As an educator ,I found “ strengthening partnership in education “ was applied by i-EARN to support students and teachers ,so such partnership using any technological device ,with groups make learning more relevant & authentic ,which in return , resulted in more motivated learners and motivated teachers as well .
The benefit of a video conference.
-it allows us to engage in communication that promote strengthening relationship
-it makes learning real .
-it enables collaboration by teachers and students with peers.
-it enriches the experience of distance education by reducing feeling of isolation and encouraging interaction
-raises students and teachers motivation
-it makes technology more accessible and easier to use
After attending the international conference and Youth Summit in Marrakech ,Morocco in 2017 ,the experience enhanced me to be more active and more involved, I deduce that it’s so vital to encourage teachers from different parts of the country to join the Bridge Program and to take part in global projects as a part of classroom program ,to share difficult tasks across different educational systems in order to vary educators way of teaching while engaging in real world issues .
Conclusion : we found ourselves “learning by doing “. *excited and passionate students working in teams, *greater awareness for global issues , *development of empathy and understanding the perspective of others
.* increased confidence and self esteem.
Thanks to i-earn , thanks to the Bridge Program launched by Stevens Initiative to offer us such opportunity, thanks to all the participants .
Thank you Saliha! We are so honored by your story.
IEARN has changed the way I deliver lessons to my learners. It has amazing pool of learning materials and collaborating projects. In this technological age, distance, boundaries and culture are no longer the factor. Bravo IEARN!!!
Thanks so much!
There is a lot of pride that IEARN members have
Thank you Tamar!