In action International Education and Resource Network
August 2006

In action International Education and Resource Network

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 Iearn has been linking schools internationally since 1988. Active in 115 countries, iEARN is the world’s largest K-12 project-based Internet supported
learning network. All projects in iEARN are initiated and designed  by teachers and students, and provide powerful examples of how  new and emerging technologies can make a difference in teaching  and learning iEARN, the  nternational Education and Resource Network, is a Network  of educators and students from 20.000 schools over 100 countries spread  around the world. It has the vision to save the planet by improving the  environment, the welfare and quality of life of the people around the world  through online collaborative projects among participating schools.  iEARN programme has the goal to:
• Stimulate student’s engagement  and service in their community
• Arouse civil awareness and responsibility
• Improve learning and teaching practices
• Integrate technology in the curriculum in meaningful projects As part of iEARN’s mission to improve the quality of life on the planet, iEARN projects include magazines, creative writing anthologies, websites, letter-writing
campaigns, reports to government officials, arts exhibits, workshops, performances, charity fundraising, and many more examples of youth taking action as part of what they are learning in the classroom. These projects enable students to develop:
• language, literacy, research and critical thinking skills
• experience with new technologies
• cultural awareness
• the habit of getting involved in community issues.
A strong network in the Asia Pacific region, iEARN Indonesia (www.iearnindonesia.org) is formed under  UNESCO Associated  School Project Network (ASPnet). ASPnet as UNESCO  experimental projects is a UNESCO  vehicle to achieve peace through development of educational  innovation by implementing the four pillars of learning: learning to know, learning to do, learning to be, and learning to live together. ASPnet  activities among others are: access to education and raise quality of  education, provide life skills Safe
environment, build a peaceful community, build a cross-cultural  understanding, provide school health services, and provide ICT for learning to live together to safe the planet. iEARN Indonesia made great strides in July 2006 with two successful workshops for teachers that took place in Aceh. The workshops aimed to empower teachers who fell  victim to the Tsunami of 2004. On July 19th, the first workshop took  place with the Madania School. After a complete one-day training in how to join a discussion forum,  introduction to iEARN Online Projects and how to use and navigate a computer – 30 new teachers joined the iEARN family. The second workshop took place on July 22-24 in Banda Aceh. 15 teachers were trained representing three different schools. This workshop focused on the benefits of collaborative learning. Through these activities, iEARN Indonesia brought  support to many teachers who not only wish to pursue online collaborative learning, but also desire to benefit from professional development opportunities and resources.

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