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Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, International, International Development, Literacy, Promotion of International Understanding, Youth Development

Mission: The mission of iEARN-USA is to empower young people, their schools and their communities through global collaboration and transformative learning.

Target demographics: Educators and Students

Geographic areas served: 140 countries

Programs: iEARN-USA provides professional development to help teachers integrate global project-based learning into educational standards around the world, including the U.N.’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Through online, global, classroom-to-classroom, project-based collaboration, students engage in direct learning experiences with peers globally through technology-assisted interaction, thereby going beyond learning about the world, to learning with others around the world. Students gain global competence in international project-based learning so that as adults they will realize that to deal with the world’s issues, they must be able to work together globally. In addition to online-focused activities, iEARN-USA facilitates and manages a number of physical exchanges for high school students, including the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) and the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program. NSLI-Y provides merit-based scholarships for U.S. high school students to learn critical languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs. YES provides scholarships for secondary school students from countries with significant Muslim populations to spend one academic year in the U.S.

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100 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Hope I.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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iEARN-USA Thank you Hope!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Over the past 30 years IEarn-USA has been shaping the world of #Global #Inclusion by promoting #EducationEquality through the UN's #SDG's. We learn with others and because of others. 

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iEARN-USA 10/24/2019

Thank you!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

iEARN continues to show young people that they have the power to bring change to their community, country, and world. Through the innovative Kids Can Make A Difference (KIDS) partnership, iEARN students learn about the root causes of hunger, poverty, and inequality and through this knowledge put into practice solutions and actions to make a change locally and internationally.

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iEARN-USA 10/24/2019

Thank you Larry! iEARN-USA is proud to partner with Kids Can Make a Difference to provide more opportunities for students to learn with the world and take action in their local and global communities.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Twenty three years ago we founded Kids Can Make A Difference (KIDS) and spent 17 years as a program of WhyHunger. Both of us come from the corporate world and devote our efforts to making our community, country and world a better place for all. Jane had recently received her Doctorate in Nutrition Education from Columbia University. Her overriding interest was in hunger in the world. Since there is enough food in the world to feed everyone, she wanted to find out why hunger and poverty continue to persist.

At the time, Larry decided to bring his knowledge of marketing to address this problem, and we joined WhyHunger to aid in their efforts to alleviate hunger and poverty. We started as volunteer fund raisers for the organization and shortly thereafter became members of the board.

We came to the conclusion that if any real change was going to happen, it would have to be brought about by people younger than us. This lead to the establishment of Kids Can Make A Difference (KIDS).

This relationship with WhyHunger continued until six years ago, when we and WhyHunger felt that the time had come for a change. We no longer felt that being an education program embedded in a hunger program was the direction that would carry KIDS into the 21 Century.

KIDS needed to be allied with an education program that desired a strong hunger and poverty component. We did our home work and found that there was only one candidate that we felt would be a perfect fit for us.

That program was the International Education and Resource Network (iEARN).

We were impressed with iEARN’s mission and most of all with the management and staff of the organization. In our six years as a program of iEARN, Kids has been nurtured and flourished. With the establishment of the iEARN Finding Solutions to Hunger Project we now have students in many schools and countries learning about the root causes of hunger and poverty and working together to develop solutions where they can make a difference.

We look forward to continued growth within the iEarn network.

Peace,

Larry & Jane Levine, EdD

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iEARN-USA 03/28/2017

Thank you Jane and Larry! We are so grateful for your continued partnership.

1 Mohamed J.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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iEARN-USA 10/24/2019

Thank you for being a part of the iEARN community!

1 Ibrahim A K.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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 [email protected], 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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!

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iEARN-USA 10/24/2019

Thank you for being a part of the iEARN Global Community!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

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.

1 Tina F.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

My story with [email protected]
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-


Taik L.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

1 Mohammed N.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

Hi everyone,
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
Mohammed Nazih
Morocco

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iEARN-USA 06/12/2019

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?

Heloisa V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing experience!!! It provides to open a huge door for world without leaving the classroom!!!

1 Amber M.4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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.

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iEARN-USA 06/05/2019

Thank you Ambreen! Greetings from iEARN-USA!

1 celiabedelia

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

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iEARN-USA 06/05/2019

Thank you Celia!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

1 kathybosiak

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

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iEARN-USA 06/05/2019

Thank you Kathy!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

#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.

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dpotter 11/06/2014

Thank you for the kind words, Kathy!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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 !

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iEARN-USA 10/30/2018

Thank you for sharing your story! We loved hearing your thoughts about the 2018 iEARN International Conference and Youth Summit!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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iEARN-USA 12/13/2018

Thank you for this lovely reviews and thank you for being a part of the iEARN family!

2 Lubov S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.



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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful global educators who connect the world. They are the best at making connections and developing programs based on the UN Platform.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

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 .

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iEARN-USA 10/26/2018

Thank you Saliha! We are so honored by your story.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!!

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iEARN-USA 10/26/2018

Thanks so much!

Client Served

Rating: 5

There is a lot of pride that IEARN members have

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iEARN-USA 10/26/2018

Thank you Tamar!

1 edgragert

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As the former Executive Director of the Global Campaign for Education, much of our efforts were to ensure that all girls worldwide had access to a quality education--to attain the 4th Sustainable Development Goal. I decided to bring this issue to iEARN by creating a project called "Girl Rising." It was named after an award-winning documentary about nine girls in nine countries and the obstacles they faced in trying to get an education. In the iEARN projects, students worldwide view the nine movie segments and then discuss the issues raised in them. They research the right to an education in their own country, as well as the actual situation for girls and boys in their country and in other countries worldwide. They then take action locally and globally to help the world meet SDG #4. In Uganda, high school girls went to elementary school classes to talk about the importance of girls' education. In India, students created murals. Video-Conferences enabled students to share what actions they had taken as a result of this project. Students wanted to go further and read books like "I am Malala" on girls' education.

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iEARN-USA 10/26/2018

Thanks Ed!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Since 1988 iEARN pioneered the use of connective technologies to enhance teaching and learning--long before Internet connections became a daily/hourly obsession. The organization had the vision that students will:
1) learn better and be more motivated to learn if they collaborate with peers globally (authentic audience); and
2) become global citizens, aware that they can address global issues by working together.

And even more impressive, iEARN was able to take its innovative and successful pilot project to scale, creating iEARN organizations in over 130 countries and engaging millions of young people and educators in collaborative and multi-lingual project-based learning. Over the past 28 years, approximately 20 million young people and 10s of thousands of teachers have been involved, learning WITH the world and not just ABOUT it.

What has been the key to iEARN's longevity and popularity? In my opinion it's primarily for two reasons: 1) because iEARN is teacher-driven, respecting them as professionals; and 2) all aspects of the organization are mission-driven: improving teaching and learning and making the world a better place through student collaboration.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I started my discovery of learn in2011.It made a difference in my life not only at the personal level but mainly at the professional one.I new friendships that turned to sisters and brothers and relations which I am very proud of.At the professional level, I feel I am learning new techniques and trying to use the latest technologies.In addition, iearn boosted my pupils' motivation and strengthened régir confidence in pratiquent English as well as their openness and tolérance.I owe iearn a lot .

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Rating: 5

#iEARN is a global organisation which nourish the young minds in such a way that they become responsible citizens. Through iEARN projects, we the educators and our students become the members of international experienced faculty. I really feel that #iEARN is the only organisation which works for the betterment of universe without any personal interest. The NumeroUno #iEARN.

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Rating: 5

iEARN has had a transformative effect on my teaching and understanding of global education. Attending the 2007 conference in Mubarek City, Egypt, opened my eyes to the impact that this organization has on mutual respect and understanding among teachers and students around the world. Direct teacher-teacher and student-student contact through single-topic projects as well as multi-project Learning Circles deepens trust; students learn through these relationships that perceived barriers and mistrust are just that: perceptions that are radically altered by person-person contact. This is my 11th year with iEARN, and I cannot imagine my 6th grade (11-12 years old) Geography classes without iEARN. I am honored to be trusted with the role of Learning Circles Coordinator and plan to continue to work with iEARN even after I retire from full-time teaching. I have nothing but appreciation for the organization and its talented and devoted staff.

Respectfully - and gratefully,

Mark Cullen
University Prep
Seattle, WA, US

1 Margaret.Riel

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been connected with iEARN in many overlapping ways since 1988. This is an amazing organization. For all of these years, it has been helping students, teachers, and educators find ways to heal the planet by developing strong, caring relationships among all of her many people. With the mission of helping everyone feel the power of service learning, we have come together in dozens of countries and participated in the incredible stories of change. We have cheered as students first and second graders saved a pond that is now the center of a community park, as students bought and fixed bicycles for kids without parents to buy them, as students experimented with solar ovens to find the best model to share with families who cook over open fires, as special needs students worked together to solve the problems they identified at their schools, and as we told and heard hundreds of more stories that inspire the soul, and energize the spirit. My own contact has been as friend, project designer, conference participant, engaged educator, and now board member. In each of these roles I have been impressed with the dedication and devotion of all of the people who live the spirit of iEARN. I often describe it as the “united nations of schools” where students are the people who take responsibility for examining and solving the problems that are earth shaking. When we invite the generations of youth to the table, they have power to do what adults often find too complicated and too difficult to achieve. If there is hope to find in the world, it is in the interchanges between the youth of the world who see problems as invitations to innovate, and are willing to face history through facing themselves learning to see their own part in conflict and their own responsibility for conflict resolution. This is an organization that is doing undeniable good in the world and deserves the support and recognition of all of us. All students should have the experience of learning with the world, not just about it!

Dr. Margaret Riel
Project Facilitator and now Board Member
iEARN

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Rating: 5


I am fortunate for having been involved in iEARN for several years, initially as a teacher and now as a project facilitator in both the Bridge Program and Finding Solutions to Hunger. I cannot imagine another organization in which global, student-centered, professional and compassionate teachers work so closely in so many areas of our shared world on behalf of their students. This is iEARN.

Side-by-side with the many other critically valuable skills that all students have the right to develop, those of compassion for others, citizenship in a shared world and integrity of action are part of what iEARN’s teachers offer as they develop their global studies. That is precisely what makes it stand out. It is an organization whose mission is evident in every resource and every collaborative effort made by teacher who have designed the projects and participate in the outreach of its mission. In an online world that often is swarming with too much information, the projects are well-organized and accessible and versatile....qualities of information and protocol that I greatly value in an online world that often is swarming with too much information!

When I think about the meaning of iEARN’s mission and its clarity of purpose in the global world of education, I know that students in all of its projects will have the safety and openness of its forums in which to explore what they have learned as well as all that they might imagine and hope to learn. For them, along with new knowledge, comes outreach and connection leading directly to that.…many ideas, many actions, many gestures of partnership one at a time. This is iEARN.
Mary Brownell - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

iEARN is the largest community of people worldwide who care for one another and who are passionate about their shared view of a more peaceful, safe and growing world. I have been with iEARN for more than 13 years and I feel the dramatic change that is operated among teachers who develop professionally thanks to programs ,such as BRIDGE(Building Respect Through Internet Dialogue and Global Education),thanks to online courses, to shared projects and to new technologies . We ,teachers and youth, worldwide, are tied to strong ,shared values ,that are and will definitely change our planet to the better.We are pioneers in using 21st century technology tools and skills to exchange ,on the spot, on a great variety of topics that bring life to the classroom and the classroom to the community. Improving the environment in our communities, empowering girls with quality education, exchanging ideas, photos, videos about our diverse cultures, history, families daily realities, all this can but foster mutual understanding ,openness, tolerance ,respect of diversity and ultimately can and will help our youth grow to live more peacefully .
HELA NAFTI
TEARN (iEARN Tunisia)

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iEARN-USA 03/30/2017

Thank you Hela! We look forward to our continued collaboration with TEARN!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

iEARN is an organization to which every globally-minded educator should belong. This is the best way to connect with teachers around the world, and to enable your students to connect with their peers. There is a steady stream of global projects with a wide range of participation. iEARN offers a lot of support and encouragement, and many opportunities to help your students gain the skills they need to engage with their world on a global level.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

iEARN has the merit of bringing all the countries of the world together through very interesting online collaborative projects, videoconferences and face-to-face meetings. Educators and students interact with each other regardless of their race, nationality, or religious beliefs. To me, this approach can only lead to establishing an atmosphere of trust, mutual respect, collaboration, and peace among all iEARNers.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

IEARN first step in my life as a teacher since 2003, I had no English but I have many things to do... When I am member ... IEARNer ... I found new gate to push me to the forward to complete my education .. And I am proud to be iEARN trainer and help our youth and teacher ..help my self in my education I have now PH.D. ... Thanks IEARN

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My story with iearn is distinguished .I've been with iearn 2000 started as one of the trainees in their workshop then and after WORKING WITH DIFFERENT PROJECT I BECAME THE COUNTRY representative.IEARN is the only safe educational network in the world that include students and educators.iearn is a supportive body for any educator who is willing to make the change.I have to admit that iearn has really changed my life in a positive way.My attitudes and the way I think has changed accordingly.Iearn is the first organization that spread the culture of learning with the world and this not as easy thing.Collaboration means a lot and it has different components.I'm a trainer now in my country and working on evolving all schools in iearn for its best impact on lives.

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iEARN-USA 03/29/2017

Thank you Kahraman, we so appreciate collaborating with you!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working with IEARN since 2000,first as a participant teacher thes as trainer and now as proffissional and coordinator for the country.Commitment towards all the members of iearn family distinguishes iearn US greatly.IEARN US has been the support for students and teachers in palestine for many years.All the staff is cooperative and committed.I always find then when I feel that we are stuck with any obstackle.I have many stories to tell about iearn US and our difficult journey in Palestine.They were there when we were in areal need for their help.Despite our complicated situation they determined to let our students be engaged in the projects through their support and facilitation

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are working closely with this fabulous organisation since 2002. Our scope of work include online and face collaborative educational projects. We implemented together several projects targeting schools, youth, teachers between US and Morocco.
Ans the story continue with always new projects and perspectives.

Mourad BENALI
Moroccan Education and Resource Network-MEARN
Morocco

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iEARN-USA 03/28/2017

Thank you Mourad! We are so excited to continue our partnership with MEARN and look forward to joining you in Morocco this summer.

Volunteer

Rating: 3

I'm a teacher of English as a foreign language from Egypt. I have been engaging my students in the iEARN online projects for three years. I can notice how more open and understanding and confident my students become after sharing in these projects and activities, that vary and help our students all over the world to be more open, tolerant and aware of not only their local problems but also of the global issues as well. Sharing in such projects surely help my students to recognize the importance of the global cooperation and collaboration to solve out such problems and issues and to always believe that we not only can learn about each other but we also can learn from each other. It also help to develop the 21century skills among my students,consequently iEARN projects enhances their academic level and their personalities as well.
All in all iEARN is really a great non-profit website that can help people to live in peace and coexistence and make the peoples of the world more hopeful about the future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

iEARN is an excellent organization. I had the chance to meet other teachers from my country & from around the world, and to exchange ideas, info, experience in a friendly atmosphere with mutual respect. Also my students had the chance to talk to other students at student's forums provided by IEARN while working on a project.

One of the wonderful things at iEARN beside discussions, courses and forums are the projects, wide variety of projects related to all subjects at school. Working in the projects at iEARN was so interesting, lot of great creative ideas provided by iEARN and other teachers, and I think that every teacher had the chance to post and view his/her opinion and have nice discussions about it, by these discussions every teacher could improve his/her skills so much by viewing other's opinions and thoughts replying to his/her post. iEARN is like one community gathering people from all around the world to share their work, experience and ideas friendly. And the most important thing, students are learning to respect the others around the world, respect other cultures , the way they live ..Etc. Also I started to apply many ways of online learning with my students in order to make classes more active away from boring classes, also it was a chance to let every student show his talent in any subject and exchange ideas and thoughts with other students without fear, in order to be creative, and to let them keep in touch with other students from other cultures.

1 Lucy17

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is an extraordinary non-profit with an extraordinary staff and community!

We have had the pleasure of partnering with iEARN over the last five years to produce a large scale virtual Global Education Conference. We are indebted to iEARN for making this event a huge success .The professionals at this organization have been wonderful to work with and they provide much needed and respected services to educators all over the globe. iEARN's impact is profound in the world of education.

Through our conference and the iEARN community, It has also been amazing to watch teachers and students who participate in iEARN's programs globally. They exhibit so much growth as well as compassion and enthusiasm for making the world a better place.

2 MarkOtter

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We at vifprogram.com count IEARN as one of our most valued partners and have provided many of the teachers in our program with subscriptions to their site. The worldwide community of educators IEARN has built is to be admired and their focus on the use of technology for global collaboration dovetails perfectly with our shared vision for global education.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

iEARN is an excellent organization that operates efficiently and effectively. It uses technology in a wonderful creating great experiences for students and teachers. It is helping connecting youth around the globe.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first involvment with IEARN was in 2006 in which teachers and kids from my school start collaborating in projects with schools from other countries. Our school is in a city in Peru and it is very hard to get contact with other countries. The projects we did it were the Teddy Bear Project, Water Sampling Project , The Spirit of the Trees. I can remember one project of the Teddy Bear made with a school in Argentina. One of the kids doing the project travel years after the project was done with his parents to Argentina, and they were very fond that he had some friends there, and all of thar thanks to a travelling Teddy Bear. On the other side I remember how proud was a teacher of our school, as she finished her project on the Water Sampling and typing at Google her name just to find that she was the first in the list.
I do think IEARN projects made a diference with the pupils and teachers.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization, International Education and Research Network, reaches far and wide. I have participated each semester for five years with third and fourth graders.
The children are so excited when they hear from other countries. I have experienced the Teddy Bear Project, Learning Circles for five semesters, an online course, the daffodil project, and presented at the iEARN conference in Argentina in 2014. Other teachers from our district, HPISD, located in Texas are
on the band wagon, too.
I have always tried to bring the world into my classroom and this is a wonderful and safe way to expose them to other cultures. Log on and see what you are missing.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic organization. The children
benefit greatly from our communication with each other!!
The conference in Doha was so inspiring.
I am a teacher in Texas , HPISD.

1 Wendy J

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

IEARN has been a great partner with www.myhero.com for more than a decade. The first time I went to an IEARN global conference was in Slovakia in 2012 representing The MY HERO Project. The amazing teachers and students gathered there from all over the world participating in workshops, sharing their cultures, communities and passion for learning made my husband and 12 year old daughter and myself believe that the world would indeed be ok.
I facilitate The MY HERO Global Learning Circles with Barry Kramer from IEARN. I always say we bring the world into your classroom and your class into the world. It always proves to be an uplifting, inspiring experience for all concerned and gives the next generations a better understanding of the world beyond their border. Thanks IEARN for all you do and for all those you reach.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

As an English teacher I feel responsible to give my students a real learning opportunity in an actual situation, so learning circles are very helpful. Since cooperation is global, they feel a lot more motivated to learn and to work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Twenty years ago we founded Kids Can Make A Difference (KIDS) and spent 17 years as a program of WhyHunger. Both of us come from the corporate world and devote our efforts to making our community, country and world a better place for all. Jane had recently received her Doctorate in Nutrition Education from Columbia University. Her overriding interest was in hunger in the world. Since there is enough food in the world to feed everyone, she wanted to find out why hunger and poverty continue to persist.

At the time, Larry decided to bring his knowledge of marketing to address this problem, and we joined WhyHunger to aid in their efforts to alleviate hunger and poverty. We started as volunteer fund raisers for the organization and shortly thereafter became members of the board.

We came to the conclusion that if any real change was going to happen, it would have to be brought about by people younger than the members of the WhyHunger Board. This lead to the establishment of Kids Can Make A Difference (KIDS) 20 years ago.

This relationship with WhyHunger continued until three years ago, when we felt that the time had come for a change. We no longer felt that being an education program embedded in a hunger program was the direction that would carry KIDS into the 21 Century.

KIDS needed to be allied with an education program that desired a strong hunger and poverty component. We did our home work and found that there was only one candidate that we felt would be a perfect fit for us.

That program was the International Education and Resource Network (iEARN).

We were impressed with iEARN’s mission and most of all with the management and staff of the organization. In our three years as a program of iEARN, Kids has been nurtured and has flourished. While we still are on a learning curve, with the establishment of the Finding Solutions Project we now have students in many schools and countries learning about the root causes of hunger and poverty and working together to develop solutions where they can make a difference.

We look forward to continued growth within the iEarn network.

Peace,

Larry & Jane Levine

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

While we are new to the iEARN family, we are not new to the wonderful world of not-for -profit organizations.

Both of us come from the corporate world and about 25 years ago decided to shift gears and devote our efforts to making our community, country and world a better place for all. Jane had recently received her Doctorate in Nutrition Education from Columbia University. Her overriding interest was in hunger in the world. Since there is enough food in the world to feed everyone, she wanted to find out why hunger and poverty continue to persist.

At the time, Larry decided to bring his knowledge of marketing to address this problem, and we joined WhyHunger to aid in their efforts to alleviate hunger and poverty. We started as volunteer fund raisers for the organization and shortly thereafter became members of the board.

We came to the conclusion that if any real change was going to happen, it would have to be brought about by people younger than the members of the WhyHunger Board. This lead to the establishment of Kids Can Make A Difference (KIDS) 18 years ago. While we were a registered 501 (c)3 not-for-profit, we chose not to become a “free standing” non-profit; instead we became a self-funded program of WhyHunger.

This relationship continued until two years ago, when we felt that the time had come for a change. We no longer felt that being an education program embedded in a hunger program was the direction that would carry KIDS into the 21 Century.

KIDS needed to be allied with an education program that desired a strong hunger and poverty component. We did our home work and found that there was only one candidate that we felt would be a perfect fit for us.

That program was the International Education and Resource Network (iEARN).

We were impressed with iEARN’s mission and most of all with the management of the organization. In our two years as a program of iEARN, Kids has been nurtured and has flourished. While we still are on a learning curve, with the establishment of the Finding Solutions Project we now have students in many schools and countries learning about the root causes of hunger and poverty and working together to develop solutions where they can make a difference.

We look forward to continued growth within the iEarn network.

Peace,

Larry & Jane Levine

Board Member

Rating: 5

iEARN is a wonderful window to the world for US students and teachers. It is a networking organization that connects classrooms from over 100 countries in project-based, online learning experiences. Kids learn about others and themselves as they engage in thought-provoking interactions online. The true potential of this organization is helping develop graduates who are prepared to be citizens of the world, able to interact intelligently and in a culturally sensitive manner with their counterparts from throughout the globe.

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140 Countries
30 Languages
50,000 Educators
2 Million Youth

iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) is the world's largest non-profit global network that enables teachers and youth to use the Internet and other technologies to collaborate on projects that enhance learning and make a difference in the world.
I joind iEARN in 2003 and learned a lot and my learning venture is ongoing. iEARN is the window to see the world and to be seen by the world as the PBL grants you to learn with the world not just about it

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Professional with expertise in this field

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I am Samah AlJundi, iEARN Syria Coordinator...When I started working 10 years ago, I was speaking a different language and my community was stunt! iEARN is the vital stage to help peace to prevail and to erase misleading and misinformation. It is the youth voice to be a global citizen and to learn how to gain the 21st century skills

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I joined iEARN only last year as a teacher. After the Doha conference in July, I immediately put information I gained from the conferences and workshops into my lesson plans this year. I am facilitating an iEARN project with 7 other teachers and their classrooms in Nepal, Belarus, Portugal, Dominican Republic, Peru, Guatemala, and California. I'm also looking forward to presenting my students' collaborative projects at another teaching conference this Feb in Mumbai on using technology for social entrepreneurial students.

1 Sidrah N.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

iEARN is playing a pivotal role in teaching 21st century skills to teachers and students of this era. In the past 25 years, it has achieved milestones and has actually made a difference in the lives of many individuals. I have been associated with iEARN for the past 3 years now and yes, I have seen iEARN contributing to their maximum capacity in bridging cross-cultural differences and bringing people closer digitally.

1 jenngeist

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been an iEARN teacher since 2003 and have been coaching teachers as they globalize their classrooms since 2006. iEARN has made it possible for me to connect hundreds of students with their peers in other countries, to learn about real global issues that they will need to face together. This is the crux of it all- students learn by doing, and the essential task of our time is to learn to work together. The many projects and highly invested educators create a rich environment for working together- the kids do the rest and it is magical.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with IEARN since the beginning and in different ways over the past 25 years of history. Recently I have joined the board but in the past I was a facilitator for Learning Circles on iEARN. What makes iEARN so valuable is the personal connections that are created between students and teachers in classrooms around the world. In learning circles classrooms have the experience of leading a world wide group of students in a project that helps them learn more about themselves as they learn more about others. This reflection and understanding helps students to acquire a sense of global citizenship that will be so valuable in our shared future. Learning how to learn from and with people who are different with respect and curiosity are skills that are vital to world order. THere is no organization that is doing a better job of helping students develop new perspectives and empowering them to solve real problems in their communities and across the world. The stories are rich and varied but all end with a renewed sense of the wonder and power of the human spirit to find ways to get past amazing challenges.

2 Zeboniso M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a young creative and energetic English teacher from small town in Sarband in the south of Tajikistan. I heard about IEARN in english teacher conference in 2007 and then I was the first english teacher in my country who benifited from iEARN projects starting from 2007 till now and later i become contact person of iEARN in my country.
Our first project was Folk tales. I gathered 5 english speaking students and later i opened english club and we searched tajik folk tales and translated them and shared it in forum.We read folk tales from other countries and found similarities.Students undestood through folk tales that the world is small we all share the same things but it has different names in all countries. learning moral of the tales students changed and stood out from other students in school. Students drew pictures, acted folk tales for big audience at school and read a folk tale in elementary schools. In one word, this projct chnaged my students at school and me. Later, we gathered all our folk tales and got a grant and published our Tajik folk tales book. Now we have abook from this project. Then in 2010 we took project School uniform we exchanged our school uniform with Taiwan school. It was another life chnaging xperience for my students. All projects of iEARN enhance 21 st century skills which is very important for students all over the wolrd. The georgraphy of my students become good they saw many students from other countries participating and learning about other country at the same time.
I always wanted to do my lessons and projects to keep engageed and motivated my students.I was lucky that only our school in our small town has internet access and I use internet on the right way. Iearn not only changed me as young teacher. I become very motivated, creative and with full ideas and with updated knowledge. I was appointed at school the senior English teacher at methodical union and conducted workshop once in amoth for teachers at school. iEARN become part of me and i involve all students and teachers to use this website as it changed one ordinary teacher from small town.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

iEARN began with a simple idea, years before the Web was created: With telecommunications, people could reach out across the world and work together with other people, regardless of their governments' official stances. For 25 years, this network has flourished with trust. This network was and still is a chain of friends and friends of friends.

Not only are some of my closest friends members of this chain and not only have these friendships enrich and transformed my personal life, but iEARN members' technological savvy in building community strengthened my own professional expertise as co-founder and editor of the National Geographic's Intranet. Together, we -- my iEARN friends and I -- have found joy in using using pre-Web bulletin boards, the Web, email, snail mail, e-newletters and print publications, art, photos and video to make the world a better place. We have been doing this for decades.

I am a volunteer, a donor, a board member, and this year, I am a teacher who is using iEARN projects at César Chavez Prep, a public charter school for 6-th - 9th grades in Washington, DC. If you could have watched my 6th graders in the Holiday Card Exchange project today, you would experience something precious and such a proof of why iEARN is important and why it's motto: Learn with the World, is so accurate.

In the beginning of the year, each of the seven children in my enrichment class selected one school from our assigned group of eight schools. Earlier this week, we sealed our boxes and mailed them (we had to get boxes, the children decided, so we could include Halloween candy along with our cards for the multitude of holidays between now and New Year's.)

You have to understand, the children have remembered their city since the very first day they chose their partner. And finally, today, we started to visualize ourselves in our cities as we get ready to to write to our partners on the forum. As the students looked up the temperatures for tomorrow and decided what they'd wear to school (40 degrees in Russia; 88 degrees in Taiwan), they kept finding photos of their cities. They'd exclaim in delight: "Look how beautiful Minsk is!" "Look, there is snow on the mountains in Slovenia!" "OH! LOOK" The latter was a video of an extraordinary festival of lights in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.

We stopped what we were doing to watch the Russian video and we studied it carefully, trying to figure out when the festival is held. There was snow, so later then now, we decided, and then we saw a decorated Christmas tree. We think this must be a Christmas festival. But we don't. know. Rosa, the student who has Krasnoyarsk, can't wait to write and ask for more details on Monday when we meet again. Rosa wants to make a powerpoint about Krasnoyarsk, and the others are excited now to show off their cities and schools. They'll have so much to write about and to ask. I can't wait to see what will unfold next.

1 Yasser A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome organization that give youth the skills and opportunity to make a difference in their community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The International Education and Research Network (iEARN) is an invaluable resource for educators and youth workers, alike. The collaborative projects engage students on issues ranging from the environment to peace-building through civic action. As a social science educator of secondary students with special needs, iEARN offers a variety of projects in which students of all abilities can participate and contribute to the international community through dialogue. The exchange of ideas, traditions and cultures that occurs in iEARN forums, online courses and projects utilizing instructional technology is vital to the development of 21st Century skills among students. This non-profit organization is inclusive and supports the needs of individuals in a warm, caring way. My students feel empowered and hopeful about their future after having participated in an iEARN project.

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Rating: 5

I am the country coordinator and representative of iEARN in Algeria.
I have been working with iEARN since 2009.
I teach English to teens and being engaged with iEARN makes my job different and more interesting.
I no more teach in the classroom but the global community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I said everything about iEARN in my article on this page
http://eltalgeria-ime.webs.com/my-global-family-in-qatar

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved with iEARN as a teacher for the past year. They have provided me professional development, connected me with educators around the world virtually and in person, and hosted projects between classes. I attended their international conference in Doha, Qatar and had the chance to meet many teachers who have worked with iEARN for upwards of 10-15 years. Many of them said, "I could not do my job without this organization." They are doing amazing work and the people I have worked with in the organization truly believe in education for all.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I recently worked with this terrific organization as a trainer for two workshops teaching digital storytelling skills to international students, and I would be more than thrilled to work with iEarn again. I truly believe that iEarn has made it possible for these students to learn skills that will change their lives and enable them to share what they have learned with the world. All the iEarn personnel were immensely professional and deeply caring people who I am proud and grateful to have had the privilege to work with.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

For more than a decade I have partnered with iEarn-USA on a number of international collaborations: launching Adobe Youth Voices, producing short documentaries, and most recently co-producing a series of digital storytelling workshops. While some of the faces change over the years, the energy and focus of their work has never wavered. iEarn has somehow established an internal culture of good spirit and collaboration that is so easy to see in the hundreds of students, teachers and partners I've met over the years. I am an admiring outsider who is very proud to have the chance to collaborate with such fantastic, hard-working people.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization. The work iEARN does with teachers and students round the globe is life changing, and in these turbulent times, it is organizations like iEARN that can truly make a difference in our ever-smaller world.

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Professional with expertise in this field

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As a 5th grade teacher in the USA, I am committed to incorporating global, problem based learning into my instruction. iEARN is a leader in providing collaborative opportunities to learn about the world along side students from around the globe. Their curriculum based selection tool is an amazing way for teachers to tailor projects to fit their country or state curriculum. The opportunity to work with students and teachers in Taiwan, Dubai, Jordan, Russia, Sierra Leone, Canada, Morocco, Czech Republic, Slovenia, and Pakistan just in this school year has been a life changing experience for not only my students, but for myself as an educator as well. The professional iEARN staff is incredibly helpful and supportive, which is invaluable to a busy teacher.

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dpotter 12/16/2011

Thank you so much for the very kind words about iEARN and its staff. Your Holiday Card Project efforts, as featured in Edutopia last month (http://www.edutopia.org/blog/global-ed-holiday-project-donna-roman) , inspires everyone on staff. Clearly your students are learning valuable collaborative skills while engaging in some nifty citizen diplomacy—especially with countries where there are serious government-level tensions, like Russia and Pakistan. With best regard, David Potter Chief Development Officer iEARN-USA

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been teaching English since 1989 in a public school of languages near Brasília, the capital city of Brazil. In 2001, I met iEARN through a very close friend from Washington - DC, and started to develop learning projects from iEARN's list in the public school that I work. From that time on, I can say that I changed the perspective of what teaching a foreign language is about. In 2004, I got a degree in Applied Linguistics and the case study was an iEARN project with the focus on the interaction that can happen in a collaborative project between two classroom from two diffrent countries. The work was about interaction, but it was also related with project based learning and iEARN proposal itself. I can say that I can divide my professional career in two parts - before and after meeting iEARN. I observed that from the very beginning, my professional connections have become global, and I have also made many friends all over the globe. Now, I'm the coordinator of iEARN Center in Brazil, and I really want to spread the news, projects and proposals of iEARN. I believe that iEARN can be a way to improve education in many levels, but mainly the learning, collaborative, social and cultural ones. Almerinda Garibaldi - Brazil

1 Allan K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined iEARN in 2002 as a High School student and since then my life changed. Working on iEARN projects on the interactive online forums gave me an experience to learn and share my life and world with the rest of students and teachers around the world. One really instrumental iEARN project in my life has been the Adobe Youth Voices Project, through learning and teaching other youth on how to create media with purpose I have been able to establish myself as a top class media artist here in Uganda even without having ever gone to a multimedia school. In 2010, I interned at the iEARN USA office and this enabled me get a more global perspective of iEARN and also get hands on experience on how to run and manage global projects. iEARN has been transformational in my personal life and changed my entire view of the internet and the world at large.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Since 2002 I have been part of iEARN. I have participated in iEARN as a student, educator, online course facilitator and program administrator so iEARN has been part of my life since childhood and most of my ICT knowledge and skills have been obtained through being part of iEARN projects. Through my continuous participation in several iEARN projects I have come to learn more with the world, get friends from various parts of the world and also travel to different parts of the world to share experiences and what I have learnt through being part of iEARN projects. I am forever grateful and would certain recommend iEARN projects to anyone interested in Global Education and ensuring their students learn with the world and not just about it. - Allan Kakinda

1 Joanne11

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the co-founder/executive director of The Art Miles Mural Project. There is no non profit organization in the entire world that has initiated and accomplished so much for the benefit of education among teachers and students and the public in general as iEARN. We have been associated with iEARN since the year 2000 when the Millennium United Nations Environment Program brought us and hundreds of children together in the United Kingdom. We were so impressed with the staff that were representing iEARN there because of the workshops they offered and the quality of instruction that came from them and in addition, because our own workshops (mural painting) became so popular and oversubscribed, the iEARNers jumped in to HELP US by helping to coordinate and assist with hundreds of international youth painting murals on the floors of the facility in Eastborne, UK! They even helped us carry the rolls of finished murals to the train station before we had to ship them off. This began what has become a long and rewarding collaboration and cooperation between not only our own organization, but the amazing networking that they are masters at; and largely because of them, we have also happily benefitted from the Project Book tha and conferences that has helped us complete more than 4,000 five by twelve hand painted murals on canvas with more than 1/2 million people from over 100 countries. What they do by connecting people in so many countries inthe world is nothing less than award winning. Interacting with them even inspired me to go meet the founder, Mr. Peter Copen in person because I sought his advice when starting our own project. How often does the founder of a magical project like iEARN consent to give positive advice to another up and coming non profit? The lifelong associations, friendships and FAMILY comradery that has come from our interaction with iEARN has become one of the highpoints of our lives and those that are "touched" by the learning and connecting of humanity they are so successful with. By reaching out with technology way ahead of what others have done, and connecting people throughut the world, it is my view that iEARN has also accomplished a ground swell for living in a culture of peace by teaching millions of adults and children how much more we have in comon versus differences. WE LOVE iEARN and thank them for connecting us with so many incredible and amazing people and projects that grow stronger throughout the years!

1 Maria44

Volunteer

Rating: 5

it was in 2002, when I got involved with iEARN and with the next conference met all the dedicated people of iEARN USA. That has changed not only my life, but also that of my family, and of so many people and students, we could help ever since

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dpotter 10/11/2012

Thank you so much for the kind words! We are pleased to have made such a positive impact in your life.