Sunday, 29 October 2017

Think about joining an iEARN global, collaborative project...


What is iEARN?
iEARN (https://iearn.org/) is a non-profit organization made up of well over 30,000 schools and youth organizations in more than 140 countries. Omashani Naidoo from SchoolNet is the Country Co-ordinator for South Africa. iEARN empowers teachers and young people to work together online using the Internet and other new communications technologies. More than 2,000,000 students and 500 educators each day are engaged in collaborative project work worldwide. 30 different languages are used. There are over 100 projects in iEARN, all designed and facilitated by teachers and students to fit their curriculum and classroom needs and schedules. Projects take place in the iEARN Collaboration Centre.  (We will provide a link to the iEARN project book below) To join a project, participants select an online project and look at how they can integrate it into their classroom.


Take a look at some of the current projects:

Holiday Card Exchange Registration Deadline ApproachingRegistration is open for the Holiday Card Exchange project. In this project, students share their holiday traditions by sending cards to their partners around the world. Register to participate on the Holiday Card Exchange forum by October 31, 2017.

 

Daffodils and Tulips Plantings
Classes in the northern hemisphere are invited to join the Daffodils and Tulips project to start plantings in November (the southern hemisphere cycle will start their plantings in April). Classes will being planting daffodils and tulips the last week of November either indoors or in outside gardens. Join the project today to start the "getting to know you" activities before planting.

Staying Healthy Project
You are invited to participate in iEARN Staying Healthy Project! This project enables students to develop a healthy lifestyle by adapting good eating habits and exercise to help keep their mind and body performing at their best. Visit the project forum in the Collaboration Centre and join the activities posted for the upcoming months.

Medicine in My Backyard
The Medicine in My Backyard project is seeking new project partners! This project is a preservation project that emphasizes transferring ancestral knowledge to--and preserving traditional plants for--future generations. In this project students play the role of ethnobotanists to investigate medicinal plants in their communities and read poetry written more than 900 years ago that helps reveal the healing power of plants. Join the project on the Collaboration Centre to take part in upcoming activities.

Here are some resources and opportunities provided by iEARN



Global Education Conference
Join iEARN educators and students around the world during the Global Education Conference, a free online event bringing together educators and innovators from held Monday, November 13 through Wednesday, November 16, 2017. The entire virtual conference will be held online using the Blackboard Collaborate platform. Check out a listing of iEARN presentations at the GEC and submit your session proposal before November 5, 2017.

2017-2018 iEARN Project Book
Check out the 2017-2018 version of the iEARN Project Book and learn about more than 100 projects in iEARN! Thanks to all iEARN project facilitators for your contributions to the project descriptions, and your ongoing hard work and enthusiasm, and to all the students and teachers who make these projects a success.

                                 

Collaboration Centre Tips
Do you need help navigating the forums, posting discussions and replies, and sharing your media? Are you looking to update your notification settings? Check out the updated "Learning the Forum Basics" tutorials and make the most of the Collaboration Centre for your iEARN projects activities.

iEARN Videoconference Support
Are you an iEARN Project Facilitator or Teacher looking to connect with a partner via video conference? The iEARN Support Team is happy to help! We currently have a few iEARN Zoom Rooms we can schedule out as they are available for iEARN Member use. To request to use an iEARN Zoom Room, complete the this form and our Support Team will gladly assist you: http://bit.ly/iearn-zoom

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