Friday, August 12, 2011

Are you seeking collaborative projects or partners?

Are you seeking collaborative projects or partners?

Global SchoolNet's Projects Registry (PR) is the oldest (1995) online clearinghouse for teacher-conducted global learning projects. The PR contains more than 3,000 annotated listings and is searchable by date, age level, geographic location, collaboration type, technology tools or keyword. Many projects are aligned with the 21 Century Learning Skills matrix, the ICT Literacy Maps, especially in Science, Geography and English and International Society for Technology Education (ISTE) NETS Standards for Students. The Project Registry is a central place for educators to find global partners and to new announce projects.

Learn more at:

Friday, July 29, 2011

Diplomacy: Diplomacy and Deterrence in Singapore

This excellent student-produced video was created for the Doors to Diplomacy competition. Learn more about this project at:

The student writes, 
"Without participating in the Doors to Diplomacy programme I would not have gained the deeper understanding of international politics and the principles of international interaction. The process has given me opportunities to express my opinions and perspective on global issues, and has in turn contributed to experience outside normal academic curriculum. It has developed the breadth of my perspective and to the depth of my analysis of sources, while allowing all of us in the team to learn to rely on each other and make use of each others skills. It is very much similar to the gains of being in a committed CCA competition, except for me it has a greater degree of comfort, freedom and expression. The ups and downs I experienced through the journey were directed at my personal faults, such as being incapable of plotting milestones and framing a long-term effort for the team, and I wish to work on these in the near future. The experience will follow with me through the next lap of my learning journey."

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

What's Your App? Finding Real Solutions with Today's Applications

Gail Lovely Yvonne Marie Andres, Hall Davidson, Steve Dembo, Wesley Fryer, Carol Teitelman and David Warlick share their solutions for real classroom challenges and the apps that help to meet those challenges.  If you missed our session at ISTE 2011 in Philadelphia, you may want to check out the apps that our panel showcased.
You can also watch a playback of the session at

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Certificate of Appreciatiion signed by Sec. of State, Hillary Clinton!

Today we received a certificate of appreciation signed by Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton... for Global SchoolNet's work with Doors to Diplomacy.... and a very nice letter from Janice Clark at the State Department. .¸¸.★¸¸.☆
The U. S. Department of State sponsors the "Doors to Diplomacy" educational challenge - to encourage middle school and high school students around the world to produce web projects that teach others about the importance of international affairs and diplomacy. Each student team member of the winning "Doors to Diplomacy" Award team receives a $2,000 scholarship, and the winning coaches' schools each receive a $500 cash award. Additional prizes may be provided by sponsors. Learn More

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Radio Interview: Content-Driven Collaboration is Essential

Technological and communications breakthroughs are creating great disruption for the culture of learning.  Through programs like the International CyberFair and the Doors to Diplomacy competitions, youth and educators from 40 countries are making a serious effort to tackle everything from international adoptions, to saving our oceans, to promoting cultural diplomacy with the Muslim world.

Below is a link to my radio interview with Judyth Piazza,  host of the American Perspective radio program and the CEO of theSOP, in which we discuss the benefits, challenges and the future promise of international collaborative learning -- for individuals, communities and humanity.

Do you know of examples of collaborative learning in your community that go BEYOND traditional education (e.g. business, economic, government, health, environment, public safety, culture and historic preservation)? If so, please share them!

Dr. Yvonne Marie Andres, President and Founder

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

ShowMe Mini-Tutorial iPad App - Beta Version

Last night I installed the beta version of an iPad app called ShowMe, which allows you to create and share mini-tutorials. 

ShowMe was easy to use and it does have the potential to be a very cool collaboration tool. Using my chihuahua as a test subject, it took me less than two minutes to create my first tutorial, which I called I Met Wanda Star Chihuahua

In the beta version, the application's functionality is very limited. The most annoying missing feature is the non-ability to include typed text.  I would also like to be able to edit the sound feature. 

View I Met Wanda Star Chihuahua

For more details, read another ShowMe review at Langwitches

Then, try it out and tell me what you think!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Become an iPad Video Blogging Travel Buddy

At Global SchoolNet we are all about content-driven collaboration. So, this summer we invite you to become an interactive travel buddy of Janice Friesen, world traveler and educator extraordinaire. Janice will be exploring the globe and using her iPad to share her experiences through video and images.  Learn more about becoming Janice's travel buddy at

Friday, June 03, 2011

2011 Doors to Diplomacy Award Winners

The Department of State is pleased to announce the selection of two winning websites for its 2011 Doors to Diplomacy Award, which is co-sponsored by Global SchoolNet. The awards recognize the web projects that best teach young people about the importance of international affairs and diplomacy. Participants, ranging in age from 11 to 18, included 341 student teams from 30 countries.
The winning sites are:
  • International Adoptions and Diplomacy, This site was built by a team from Shanghai Community International School in Shanghai, China. Their web project shows how adoptions between different countries can help to strengthen the diplomatic bonds between them.
  • Cultural Diplomacy with the Muslim World, This site, built by a team from West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North in Plainsboro, New Jersey, explores the role that culture plays in international diplomacy.
Each student member of the two winning Doors to Diplomacy Award teams will receive a $2,000 scholarship. In addition, the winning coaches will each receive a $500 cash award. Judging was performed by student peers and educational professionals, with the final selections made by a team of Department of State judges from the Bureaus of Public Affairs and Educational and Cultural Affairs. The winning sites will be linked from the Department of State's youth site at

Special recognition goes to team coaches Russell Townsend and April Ross, teachers from Sioux Falls New Technology High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, who coached 25 of the teams in their first-time participation in the contest. They'll receive an award of $1,000 for their exceptional effort to involve so many students in Doors to Diplomacy.

Global SchoolNet,, is a non-profit, Internet-based education program. The Doors to Diplomacy Award was specially created for CyberFair, a contest that encourages students and educators to join together to build high-quality, educational websites on a variety of topics. These website entries will be available on the web as learning tools to millions of people around the globe.

Further detail on the Doors to Diplomacy projects is at

WorldFuture 2011 (Moving from Vision to Action) Share YOUR insights now!

Join our conversation about "Creating the Preferable Future Through International Collaborative Learning." What examples of collaborative learning BEYOND traditional education (e.g. business, economic, government, health, environment, public safety, culture and historic preservation ) have you found to be successful in your own communities?

This important online discussion forum is associated with the World Future Society and it will be active for the next 4 weeks.

Please add your comments at