International Project Development
Each of these sites is devoted to seeding international project development.
The I*EARN project has encouraged telecommunications between students in the US, Eastern Europe and Latin America through an approach called Learning Circles. As a result of virtual planning, a real construction project was initiated in a village in Latin America. Students have also collaborated on historical studies, such as the Holocaust.
For quick access to all of the UN organizations (including the NGOs) check the Directory of United Nations System Organizations.
Gaia, the old root of the word earth, is devoted to building and sustaining an ecologically sound village.
PH International was founded in 1985 for the purpose of cultural and educational exchanges between the then-USSR and the United States. Over the past twenty-eight years, more than 10,000 individuals have participated in PH's international exchange programs in the U.S. and across Eurasia and the Middle East.
The USOE has published a guide to international telecollaborative projects--definitely a time-saver.
Children can make a positive difference in the lives of other kids in need. It's important to talk children about hunger, and inspire them to take action against it.
Feeding America, formerly known as the Second Harvest Food Bank and the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization, has provided a toolkit of resources designed to help you do just that.
OneWorld Classrooms charges a small fee for forging shared school partnerships in selected regions of the world. Study activities can include sharing data and digital photos or videos, virtual field trips and solving online mysteries. The technology expands the older text only strategies to include visual projects.
InnoCentive helps diverse groups work together or outsourcing to experts for problem-solving. Typically, the problems might be universal cataloging or figuring out how to get the rid of the remains of the Valdez oil spill. Prizes can be awarded. Often problems are solved in an interdisciplinary context and should appeal to the organizers and to the interests of volunteers.
Crowdsourcing holds great promise for the world's problems.
Youth Service America provides lesson plans and school programs all across the U.S.
Many international informational databases are available for downloading. The leaders at these sites want students to engage in the life of another country as if they actually lived there rather than use telecommunications just as a vehicle for information exchange. That goal is a powerful motivator.
Other Areas To Check Out...
• Assessment of Hands-On Elementary Science Projects
• Creation of Virtual Museums
• High Performance Standards for Applied Learning
• International Data Sources Sampler
• Making Contact
• NASA Resources
• National Science Teachers Association - Content and Research
• Networks for Teachers By Teachers (sampler)
• Technology in Learning
• The GLOBE Initiative