I would like to thank Ed Gragert, Executive Director of iEARN-USA and creator of Connect All Schools, who graciously allowed me to interview him for this article.
In 1988, the non-profit organization iEARN (International Education and Resource Network) matched 12 schools in Moscow with partner schools in New York. As the schools began to collaborate on projects, the teachers and parents noticed significant improvements in other areas of academic life: the students read more, discussed global issues more, and their interest in studying other languages increased. The project was a success, and in 1990 iEARN expanded multilaterally by launching 9 additional country programs. With 46,000 teachers, and 2 million kids participating daily in projects located in over 130 countries, their k-12 on-line network is the largest of its kind. iEARN has shown that kids learn better and increase their global awareness when engaged with their real peers around the world. Continue reading