Encouraging cross-cultural understanding among US and Russian educators; preparing young people of both countries to work collaboratively to solve or prevent global problems via student-centered methods such as education exchanges, seminars, and conferences.
The U. S. Department of State sponsors the "Doors to Diplomacy" educational challenge to encourage middle school and high school students around the world to produce web projects that teach others about the importance of international affairs and diplomacy. Each winning student team member receives a $2,000 scholarship, and the winning coaches’ schools each receive a $500 cash award. Learn More
GeoGame helps students learn geographic terms, how to read and interpret maps, and increases awareness of cultural diversity. Global SchoolNet has supported GeoGame since 1991 with sessions offered in the Fall, Winter and Spring of each school year. Learn More
Have your students ever created a newspaper of their own? Would they like to? In the Newsday Project, your students will write articles and post them for the whole world to see! Then they will read and choose articles from other schools to download and include in their own newspaper! Your students' reading and writing skills will improve while they learn about current local, national, and global issues. Give your students the opportunity to excel in a new and interesting way by registering for Newsday! Learn More
Around the world, Santa Claus plays an important role in a multitude of cultures. In the United States, he has become a true American folk icon. When you register for this project, we match you up with a partner classroom with which your students exchange their "Santa Letters:" Younger students write letters "to" Santa; Older students impersonate Santa and send their carefully crafted replies. This was the very first project conducted in 1985 on our pioneering FrEdMail Network (using Apple IIe and 300 baud modems) and it continues to be an annual favorite. Learn More
NOTE: This award program is currently in hiatus.
The program recognizes current classroom teachers, media specialists, or other school-based educators who have distinguished themselves in the area of Online Shared Learning. You can learn more about the incredible projects from all the past winners. Learn More
Spring 2017: Youth & scientists collaboratively investigating forest health. Register Now
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