iEARN Newsflash, November 2019
Get a peek into the collaboration between classrooms in Pakistan and in Taiwan in the Teddy Bear Exchange project.


Celebrate International Education Week November 18 - 22!

iEARN Projects and Activities

Daffodils and Tulips Project 

The Daffodils and Tulips Project, now in its 14th year, is in full swing! Participating classrooms in Belarus, Germany, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, and the United States are gearing up to plant their daffodil and tulip bulbs in the ground later this month, after which they will monitor and observe the bulbs and report to each other on their growth and progress. To join the Daffodils and Tulips Project, visit it in the iEARN Collaboration Centre!

International Dinner Party

The International Dinner Party project, in its very first year, has already welcomed participants from Georgia, India, Moldova, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States. In this project, students create artwork representing a typical dinner place-setting from their individual countries and answer meaningful questions about it. Join the International Dinner Party project in the iEARN Collaboration Centre here!

Teddy Bear Project

This long-standing iEARN project has classrooms participating from Australia, Belarus, Georgia, Japan, Pakistan, Taiwan, the United States and more. In this project, classrooms are matched with partner classrooms and send each other a teddy bear or other soft toy by airmail. The bear sends home diary messages by email or through the iEARN Teddy Bear Forum at least once a week. Join the Teddy Bear Project in the iEARN Collaboration Centre here!

Cultural Exchange Project

In the Cultural Exchange project, schools from different countries are matched and exchange packages of cultural items, such as cultural clothes, food and ornaments, following their interaction in the project's discussion forum. Classrooms are currently participating from Pakistan, South Korea, Taiwan, the United States and other countries. To join the Cultural Exchange Project, visit it in the iEARN Collaboration Centre here.

Project Change: Virtual

Do you and your students want to learn about the SDGs and share your plans for being changemakers for the Global Goals? Join the "Project Change: Virtual" project from November through December and engage in three collaborative activities: identify an issue, brainstorm your ideas for making a difference, and propose your solutions with classes around the world. This project is facilitated and supported with resources by i AFS-USA and iEARN-USA.

Resources and Opportunities

New iEARN Collaboration Centre Features

iEARN has added a new platform feature in the Collaboration Centre. As you participate in iEARN forum discussions, you can celebrate and acknowledge others’ contributions to discussion by using the iEARN Reactions. Check out this tutorial for how to use the new iEARN reactions in the forums to encourage positive engagement. Participants can celebrate each other's work by marking insightful, like, helpful, or caring on a post. 

iEARN Holiday Card Contest

iEARN-USA is holding a Holiday Card Contest and inviting any K-12 iEARN students from around the world to participate and design a holiday card. The contest runs from October 15, 2019 through November 15, 2019. The theme for this year's competition is "Creating a More Peaceful World" and they're looking for submissions from youth sharing their universal wishes for a more peaceful world. To learn more and submit your student's holiday card designs, click here.

iEARN Video Conferencing 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 this form and our Support Team will gladly assist you.

Looking for tips and guidance on using videoconferencing tools in your classroom? Download the iEARN Videoconferencing Guide and watch a powerful video of classrooms in Algeria and the United States connecting via video here.

Events and Celebrations


Global Education Conference

It's not too late to submit a proposal for the annual free, online, world-wide 2019 Global Education Conference taking place November 18 - 20, 2019! The 9th annual Global Education Conference is a collaborative, inclusive, world-wide community initiative involving students, educators, and organizations at all levels. Activities are designed to significantly increase opportunities for connecting classrooms while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity and educational access for all. Submit your proposals and register for the conference here to receive ongoing updates. 

iEARN Virtual Project Exhibition - December 12

The December 2019 iEARN Virtual Project Exhibition, hosted by iEARN-USA, will showcase the outstanding project work and outcomes of iEARN K-12 classrooms around the world! iEARN Educators: We invite you and your students to present your iEARN final projects to our global learning community -- submissions are now open! Submit your classroom's iEARN project work and final product now through November 22. iEARN Friends and Supporters: please join us to celebrate the inspiring work of iEARN classrooms around the world and learn about all they are doing to improve the quality of life on the planet! Stay tuned to RSVP in the coming weeks. For additional details, visit the iEARN-USA website.

iEARN-Uganda Student Wins FSH Award

Please join us in congratulating iEARN Uganda student, Phiona, in the Finding Solutions to Hunger project, who recently won a Girls Voices for Change award for a video she created on agriculture and zero hunger in Uganda! Girls’ Voices for Change is a global media contest that asks young women (aged 13 to 20) to share their vision for a more empowered future for girls and women everywhere. Click here to view Phiona's video!

About iEARN

iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) is a global non-profit network that empowers teachers and students worldwide to use technology to collaborate on projects designed to make a meaningful contribution to the health and welfare of the planet and its people. Started in 1988, iEARN is currently active in over 140 countries, with 2,000,000 students participating as part of their education.  iEARN-International:
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