Newsflash #340, September 10, 2015

Seeking Partners: iEARN Projects and Activities

  • New 2015-2016 iEARN Project Book!
  • Register by September 25th for the next session of iEARN Learning Circles
  • Register by October 31st for the 2015 Holiday Card Exchange Project
  • Famous Buildings Around the World Project
  • Beauty of the Beasts Project
  • Our Story Book Project
  • One Day in the Life Project
Resources, Contests, Websites and Announcements
  • 2015 iEARN Adobe Youth Voices Media Festival
  • Applications due on October 10th for Global Teacher Prize

Upcoming Events

  • Global Education Day Event, September 17, 2015
  • iEARN MAD Day (Make a Difference Day), October 25-31, 2015
  • 2015 Global Education Conference, November 16-19, 2015
  • 2016 iEARN Conference and Youth Summit in Pune, India July 3-8, 2016

Recent Events

  • iEARN-China hosts workshop in Shenzhen, July 27, 2015

Seeking Partners: iEARN Projects and Activities

2015-2016 iEARN Project Book Published!

2015-2016 iEARN Project BookThanks to all 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.  Note -- many new projects begin throughout the year, while some projects end.  This book includes projects active at the time of printing in September 2015.  Download a PDF copy of the 2015-2016 iEARN Project Book at  For a complete listing of active iEARN projects, visit the Project Space on the iEARN Collaboration Centre.

Register by Sept 25 for the Sept 2015 - Jan 2016 iEARN Learning Circles Session

Learning CirclesLooking for a way to connect your students with global peers?  Sign up by September 25 for the upcoming session of iEARN Learning Circles, which will run from September 30, 2015 to January 15, 2016 (15 weeks with a 1-week break in December). Learning Circle Placement forms are due September 15. Learning Circles are highly interactive, project-based partnerships among a small number of schools located throughout the world. Over 15 weeks, you'll have a chance to work with a small number of classrooms from around the world on a Learning Circle theme of your choice. In addition to hands on support throughout the session, educators have access to a comprehensive Learning Circles Teachers Guide.  To participate in an iEARN Learning Circle, educators must first be registered in iEARN, and then fill out a special Learning Circles Placement Form.


Register for the 2015 Holiday Card Exchange Project

Holiday Cards in UkraineWant to exchange holiday cards with classes from around the world?  Classes that sign up for the project by October 31 will be placed in a group with approximately seven other schools and will prepare either handmade or purchased cards to send to each of the other schools using snail (postal) mail between October and December.  Students are invited to make Christmas, New Year's, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Eid, or other cards celebrating their special holidays, and to explain how their family and their community celebrates, the type of food that is eaten, and other traditions associated with the event.  Register as soon as possible, but no later than October 31, on the Holiday Exchange Project Group on the iEARN Collaboration Centre. 

Famous Buildings Around the World Project

Famous BuildingsJoin us as we study unique and important buildings across the globe! We are excited to learn about the remarkable buildings in your country. Participating classes will share photos, information, and personal connections about a significant building in their country.  As groups share information, we hope to create a dialogue with additional questions and comments. We will learn more about the world through our study of these noteworthy structures.  Get involved in the Famous Buildings Around the World Project on the Collaboration Centre.

Beauty of the Beasts Project

Beauty of the Beasts Class ActivityJoin a celebration of nature through the eyes of students from around the world. "Beauty of the Beasts" is a global project inviting students to capture the grandeur and magnificence of animals indigenous to their areas through original artwork and poetry.  Artwork and poetry must be the student's original masterpiece... their own interpretation of the beauty and uniqueness of these marvelous creatures. All art mediums and poetry styles are acceptable.  Students may participate in either art or poetry divisions, or are welcome to submit work in both. All languages welcome.  Connect in the Beauty of the Beasts Project on the Collaboration Centre.

Our Story Book Project

Our Story Book Project‘’Our Story Book’’ is a project to collect different ideas from diverse culture and countries to complete one amazing story. Students can contribute their ideas to the story, and also learn from others’ opinion.  The project will run twice a year for 8 weeks.  A completed story will be finished by 5 countries (groups). Each group can create two pages of the story, including words and images (by painting, drawing or any other way of creating images). Once you finish your part, you will send them to the project facilitator who will help deliver the story to the next project partner next week and post on the project space. After the story book is completed, there will be an online webinar for all the participants to share their ideas and an online exhibition will be hosted on the iEARN website.  Connect in the Our Story Book Project on the Collaboration Centre.

One Day in the Life Project

One Day in the LifeOne Day in the Life is a project in which students exchange text, video, and images depicting days in their lives, and then make cross-cultural comparisons. Students may discuss aspects of a typical day (like visiting the market or going to school) or they may document special days (like vacations, birthdays, celebrations, or holidays.)  While writing is often an important component of student participation, language proficiency is not required. One Day in the Life Project facilitators will also help to facilitate partnership matches for classes that would like to work directly with one other class in the project.  The project forum has recently been refreshed and project topics and themes are posted and awaiting your responses!  Connect in the One Day in the Life Project Group on the iEARN Collaboration Centre.

Resources, Contests, Websites, and Announcements

2015 iEARN Adobe Youth Voices Media Festival

2015 iEARN Adobe Youth Voices Media FestivalCongratulations to all the youth media makers from around the world whose media was part of the 2015 iEARN Adobe Youth Voices Media Festival, hosted at the 2015 iEARN International Conference and Youth Summit in Brasilia, Brazil, and to all the youth artists whose work is part of the larger global iEARN Adobe Youth Voices media collection for the 2014-2015 program year.  Want to see the videos shown at the 2015 iEARN Adobe Youth Voices Media Festival? Visit the 2015 iEARN/AYV Festival Playlist on the iEARN Adobe Youth Voices YouTube Channel or the Vimeo Album at 2015 iEARN/AYV Festival Playlist on Vimeo.  Download a 2015 iEARN/AYV Festival Program here (pdf) and see the full list of festival videos on the iEARN website.

Applications due on October 10 for Global Teacher Prize

Global Teacher PrizeThe Global Teacher Prize is an annual one million dollar award from the Varkey GEMS Foundation. One innovative and caring teacher who has made an inspirational impact on their students and their community will receive the award.  If you meet the criteria and are currently teaching children between the age of 5 and 18, you are able to apply for this award. The closing date for applications is 10 October 2015. For more information, see

Upcoming Events

Global Collaboration Day, September 17, 2015

Global Collaboration DayStudents, teachers, and organizations will get online to celebrate global collaboration on September 17th, 2015, as back-to-school-season begins in the northern hemisphere.  On this day (and beyond), experienced global educators and other professionals will host connective projects and events and invite public participation. The primary goals of this whole day event are to demonstrate the power of global connectivity in classrooms, schools, institutions of informal learning and universities around the world, and to introduce others to the tools, resources, projects, and networks that are available to educators. iEARN participants are encouraged to join in and show the world what connected learning looks like around the clock on September 17th.  Read more at

iEARN MAD Day (Make a Difference Day), October 25-31, 2015

2015 iEARN MAD DayOn the last week of October each year, iEARN youth, educators and coordinators around the world are invited to participate in MAD (Make A Difference) Day by giving back to their local communities through community service and sharing their Collaboration Centre projects with others.   The purpose of MAD Day is to put iEARN’s mission of “learning with the world” and improving the state of the planet into visible practice and to create publicity for iEARN and iEARN projects.  In 2015, MAD Day will be held on October 25-31.  Stay tuned to the 2015 MAD Day Facebook Page for details.

2015 Global Education Conference, November 16-19, 2015

Global Education ConferenceThe sixth annual Global Education Conference is a free week-long online event bringing together students, educators, and organizations at all levels. This year's conference will take place November 16 - 19, 2015. The entire conference is virtual and will take place online in a webinar format. Sessions are held around the clock to accommodate participant time zones. The Global Education Conference is designed to significantly increase opportunities for connecting classrooms while supporting cultural awareness and recognition of diversity and educational access for all. Please join the Global Education Conference community to receive updates about the 2015 Conference!  Want to present? The call for proposals is open! Proposals can be submitted until November 1, 2015.  If presenting about your iEARN projects and activities, be sure to submit as part of the "iEARN" strand, and use "2015iEARN" to tag your proposal.  iEARN-USA is proud to be a founding partner and ongoing supporter of the Global Education Conference.

2016 iEARN Conference and Youth Summit in Pune, India, July 3-8, 2016

iEARN-IndiaThe Annual iEARN Conference and Youth Summit, held in a different country each year since 1994, is a unique opportunity for educators, students, administrators, Ministry officials, and non-profit and corporate partners, to meet and discuss how they are using technology to build global understanding and enhance teaching and learning.  In addition to educator and youth led workshops, the event also features cultural excursions, cultural nights, and presentations by Ministries of Education, businesses, and educational organizations working in the field of global education and virtual exchange.  We encourage all who want to use technology to make their education programs more global to join this global gathering.  The theme of the 2016 iEARN Conference and Youth Summit, to be hosted by iEARN-India, will be “Fostering Quality In Education."  Stay tuned for more information and see you July 3-8 in Pune, India!

Recent Events

iEARN-China hosts workshop in Shenzhen, July 27, 2015

iEARN Taisho-koto project and Natural Disaster Youth Summit Project (NDYS) Workshop in ChinaThe iEARN Taisho-koto Project and Natural Disaster Youth Summit Project (NDYS) team, in partnership with iEARN-China, hosted a workshop in Shenzhen, China on July 27th at the invitation of the Shenzhen Board of Education for educators in China to learn about iEARN and these two successful, ongoing iEARN projects.  Congratulations to all involved!  Get involved in both of the above projects in the iEARN Collaboration Centre.

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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