iEARN – Learning with the world in Maryland Heights, MO

iEARN – Learning with the world in Maryland Heights, MO


My background is an anthropology so I’ve always
had a passion for cultures and diversity I look at my children and look at that future
that they have for them and global education and competencies is going to be crucial I want
them to be explorer of the world We live in interconnected world Yet global competency
skills are not a primary focus of our curriculum We rarely talk about the global competencies that are necessary for students to engage in their world so we really looking for ways
which to update our technologies and bring those global competencies into the classroom Teaching is changing You’re educating students for jobs don’t exist yet using technologies that haven’t been invented iEARN-USA is an organization that aims to unite students and educators from around the world in global collaborative virtual exchanges It develops the skills that
our students need to be successful in the 21st century Once you have project it’s time
to get your students excited about learning with others which is pretty easy it to do because it’s fun Then you start working on communication skills so students often times introduce themselves
in the network and then you incorporate all of that into your curriculum making sure that it all
is standard and kind of what you will normally do in your class but just adding a global
spin to it After that, setting some expectation So what are you hoping to get out of this? You want to dream big because you are doing some really great things when you engage in iEARN but setting some reasonable expectations too because it’s a challenge It’s a different environment
and it’s a different approach to education Currently my students are going to be engaging in the Kindred Project We are going to be working in collaboration with several schools from North Africa and the Middle East including school from Morocco and Syria This work has completely
changed my world view and has completely change how I feel about my position in the
world and the role of myself as an educator When student are collaborating they’re doing
so many things They are building communication skills They are building creativity skills problem solving skills awareness That’s the future of education Where you are combining your
head your heart and your hands together in one and iEARN combines all of that

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