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Exchange 2.0 - Technology-enabled International Interaction

Exchange 2.0 Technology Enabled International Interaction


"Exchange 2.0 - Technology-enabled International Interaction" was developed to help teachers use the Internet to "reach out" globally. These materials were initially prepared as part of the US Department of Education's inaugural International Education Week in November 2000 and were hosted by the US Department of Education.  This is the third version of this Guide.

Rationale: International collaboration is part of Secretary Arne Duncan’s call for international engagement and education reform:

“. . . [I]n this interconnected world, our country risks being disconnected from the contributions of other countries and cultures. Through education and exchange, we can become better collaborators and competitors in the global economy.”

-- Secretary Duncan’s speech to the Council
on Foreign Relations, May 26, 2010

The Teacher's Guide to International Collaboration was developed to help teachers use the Internet to "reach out" globally.  In his address to the Council on Foreign Relations in May 2010, Secretary Arne Duncan stated:

We must improve language learning and international education at all levels if our nation is to continue to lead in the global economy to help bring security and stability to the world and to build stronger and more productive ties with our neighbors….We have never been more aware of the value of a multiliterate, multilingual society, a society that can appreciate all that makes other cultures and nations distinctive, even as it embraces all that they have in common.”

This Guide has been prepared as part of the Department of Education's effort to expand global awareness through collaboration between students and teachers in the US with their peers around the world.   On these pages, teachers will find many projects and suggestions to begin or expand classroom projects that reach across the globe and enable students to learn WITH the world, as well as about it.

In each section of this Guide we have also provided links to elementary, middle and high school projects and links to organizations that are involved in international education via the Internet and Web 2.0 tools.






  Introduction and Background

  - Why international collaboration?

  - Why project-based learning?

  Resources for Cross-cultural Interaction and Project Work

  - Global Organizations and Networks

  - International Regional Networks

  - Content Resources

  Project Work to Enhance Language Skills

  Music and Graphic Arts Project Examples

  Creative and Language Arts Project Examples

  Science/Math/Environment Project Examples

  Social Studies Project Examples

  Post-Secondary Opportunities

  Tutorials and Guides

  - Guides for Getting Started

  - Web 2.0 Tools for International Collaboration

  - Professional Development     Opportunities

  Tips and Helpful Suggestions
  Credits and Acknowledgements