The project’s aim is to connect three secondary schools in the US and three secondary schools The Netherlands. The participating schools have a mixed and multi cultural school population. During the two-year project students and teachers will work and learn together in Twin-projects, as well as in collaborative setting in Learning Circles. The aim is to become aware of the richness within multi cultural (school) communities. The themes of the Learning Circles will be set by the participating schools within the domain of ‘a muliticultural society’, identifying and building respect for differences and similarities. All learning activities are connected to the formal learning in schools and informal learning outside schools. To create ownership of learning the details within the framework of the project will be set in close collaboration with the particiapting schools, teachers and students. This two-year project will be facilitated by ICT&E, Dieren, The Netherlands, in close cooperation with iEARN Netherlands / iEARN US and the Dutch Educational portal Kennisnet.
The project is set up in a way that it enables international collaborative learning between schools in The US and The Netherlands.
The virtual collaboration will take place via thematic Learning Circles focusing on the multi cultural aspects in and outside the schools.
To enhance the ownership and commitment two teacher exchanges are embedded.
Learning in a Learning Circle
Collaborative, formal and informal learning is meant to be reciprocal. There should be personal advantages for every participant. Participating classes have a high level of ownership in the Learning Circle process: they formulate individual questions (one per circle member) and research answers for all LC questions. They will process information and present newly created knowledge in Learning Circle summaries and presentations.
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