April 17th, 2006 13:43 EST
21st Century Global Educators Win $10,000
Yvonne Marie Andres, Global SchoolNet
For Immediate Release [San Diego, April 12, 2006]:
21st Century Global Educators Win $10,000
Global SchoolNet Announces 2006 Online Shared Learning Champions
Everyone is talking about the importance of collaboration, yet sadly, every day billions of kids still learn in isolation. In a world that is becoming increasingly flat, our youth will face intense competition that is bound to have enormous social and economic implications. Global SchoolNet's Online Shared Learning Awards recognize outstanding educators, who make significant contributions to global collaborative learning.
This year eight teachers worldwide were selected for this honor, representing Canada, Israel, Macedonia and the USA. The top award winners are Jennifer Wagner from Crossroads Christian Schools in Corona, California, United States and Marsha Goren from Ein Ganim in Petach Tikva, Israel. Each receives a cash award of $2,500 and a trip to the National Education Computing Conference in San Diego, July 5-7, 2006 where the awards will be presented.
In addition, every winner receives a plaque and software donated by Tech4Learning -- and five finalist champions each receive $250 USD:
* Kevin Hodgson from Southampton, Massachusetts, United States
* Judy Huynh from Palo, Michigan, United States
* Jove Jankulovski from Bitola, Macedonia
* Sharon Peters from Montréal, QC, Canada
* Christie Rickert from Buda, Texas, United States
“Extraordinary things happen when we connect kids worldwide, engaging them in educational projects where they learn how to communicate, collaborate and solve problems with one another,” said Dr. Yvonne Marie Andres, President and co-founder of the Global SchoolNet Foundation.
Winning teacher, Jennifer Wagner, describes herself as a “cheerleader for teachers to use online projects to expand their curriculum.” According to Wagner, “The goal of my Technospud website is to help teachers utilize technology in a non-frightening and easy way.” But, Wagner is probably most famous for helping her primary students improve their math and science skills by using Oreo cookies as manipulatives. They count, stack, graph, and share their cookie results with other kids around the world. The success of the Oreo project inspired Wagner to develop other original online collaborative projects, including Dear Soldier, DC Ducks, The Great Egg Roll, and “adopting” schools affected by hurricane Katrina.
Winner Marsha Goren teaches 6th grade at Ein Ganim School in Petach Tikva, Israel. Wondering how to interest her students in their English studies, Goren discovered the power of the Internet. According to Goren, her students rapidly become learners and leaders, partners and participants through their global collaborations. She launched the Global Dreamers project to “inspire children to take a deeper look at the world and to help children to be more tolerant individuals in a multicultural society.” Goren says, “Seeking to motivate students has brought me into the world of technology and I have become a global educator. It is a great feeling knowing that thousands of children and hundreds of educators are implementing our projects and our classroom has no borders.”
With the guidance of these forward thinking educators, youth around the globe interact with one another in meaningful educational, cultural, and scientific projects. The opportunities are diverse, challenging and innovative -- ranging from understanding terrorism, the mathematics of music, exploring innovative waste management solutions, to creative story telling, online safety and studying teenage beliefs.
GSN's unique award program drew candidates from nine countries, including Russia, Nigeria, Uzbekistan and Greece. The entire process is paperless, and managed by GSN's innovative Web-based system that solicits nominations, collects testimonials, and allows rubric-based judging. You can learn more about the outstanding accomplishments all of the Online Shared Learning Champions at www.globalschoolnet.org/award
About Global SchoolNet
Global SchoolNet combines smart teaching with web publishing, video conferencing and innovative online tools that bridge geographic gaps, allowing young people around the world to learn together. Global SchoolNet, headquartered in San Diego, California, is an international network of 80,000+ educators, who engage in online project-based learning activities. Global SchoolNet reaches millions of students across 194 countries. GSN partners with schools, universities, communities, businesses and other organizations to develop free or low cost programs to help students become literate and responsible global citizens, and to prepare them for the workforce. Global SchoolNet is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit education organization.