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