iEARN Session Proposal: Using Digital Media for Global Collaboration: A Look at Two iEARN Projects

One Day in the Life / Alternate Reality Project

Your Name and Title:  Chris Baer, Arts and Technology Teacher, iEARN Project Facilitator and Curriculum Developer

School or Organization Name: Martha's Vineyard Regional High School

Co-Presenter Name(s): Rachel Manley, iEARN-USA

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Massachusetts, USA

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): Teachers and Students K-12

Short Session Description (one line):  

In this session, the presenters will discuss the structure, content, and benefits of two iEARN projects, One Day in the Life and Alternate Reality.  Students and educators currently in the BRIDGE Program will share their experience in these global collaborative projects.

Full Session Description (as long as you would like):

How can students better learn to describe, both visually and in writing, their own lives from a global context?  How can students learn authentically about the real world – the ordinary as well as the extraordinary – through the eyes of their peers?  Two projects, One Day in the Life and Alternate Reality promote intercultural respect, break down stereotypes, and foster empathy between students who come from very different communities and cultures.  Both of these projects take place on the iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) online web platform.  

One Day in the Life is a project in which students exchange photographs/images describing days in their lives, and then make cross-cultural comparisons. Students may discuss aspects of a typical day (like visiting the market or going to school) or they may document special days (like vacations, birthdays, celebrations, or holidays).  If our students can't physically walk in one another's shoes, what if they "Photoshopped" each other in? In the second project,  Alternate Reality, students create "false memories" by Photoshopping student images into each others' schools.  

In this session, the presenters will discuss the structure, content, and benefits of these projects.  Students and educators currently in the BRIDGE Program will share their experience in these global collaborative projects.

 

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