Yvonne Andres, Global
Achieve and Unite:
Youth Worldwide Become Digital Story Tellers Showcasing Local Community
[SAN DIEGO - May 20,
2004] 430 schools worldwide representing 300,000 students from 43
countries participated in Global SchoolNet's International Schools
CyberFair competition this year.
The theme for
CyberFair 2004 was 'Achieve and Unite!' and encouraged youth to
"take action" in order to improve their lives and unite their communities.
The top projects originated from Taiwan, Canada, Latvia, Malaysia and
Bangladesh. Stories showcased people and programs that are actively
providing solutions or solving problems. One project told about the unique
history of Riga, Latvia, through its monuments and the words of the people
who lived through the Soviet times. Another told of the Bangladesh
community effort to achieve sustainable development. Taiwanese projects
ranged from the accomplishments of indigenous mountain dwellers to the
amazing world of bees. And, from Malaysia the changing seasons were
represented by the sound of drums.
“In a world that is
globally connected, there is enormous value in using the Internet to
collaboratively learn with others, “ said Yvonne Marie Andres, president
and co-founder of Global SchoolNet.
Entries were reviewed
by a panel of distinguished international judges from countries such as
Israel, Australia, and Germany. Regional affiliate programs were run in
throughout the USA - and in Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Poland,
Ghana and Cameroon.
CyberFair is an award-winning, authentic learning program used by schools
and youth organizations around the world. Youth conduct research and
publish their findings on the Web. Recognition is given to the best
projects in each of eight categories: local leaders, businesses, community
organizations, historical landmarks, environment, music, art, and local
specialties. This White House endorsed program encourages youth to become
community ambassadors by working collaboratively and using technology to
share what they have learned. Students evaluate each other's projects by
using a unique online evaluation tool. Winning schools receive
ImageBlender software from Tech4Learning.
Now in its 9th year,
the annual contest has involved more than one million students from 4,500
schools in 100 countries and is the longest running international cyber
event for schools. For more information about CyberFair visit
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501(c)(3) not-for-profit education organization, dedicated to partnering
with schools, universities, businesses and communities to co-develop free
or low cost programs to help students become literate and responsible
global citizens, and to prepare them for the workforce. Global SchoolNet
combines smart teaching ideas with web publishing, video conferencing and
other online tools that bridge geographic gaps, allowing young people
around the world to learn together. Global SchoolNet is an international
network of 80,000+ online educators across 100 countries, who engage in
online project-based learning activities. For more information about the
services and programs provided by Global SchoolNet, please visit
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