Network Focus In action International Education and Resource Network
July 2006

Network Focus In action International Education and Resource Network

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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 International 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  o  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 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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