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Process and Steps

Innovative Online Collaborative Platform – iEARN

The National Wildlife Federation investigated and researched multiple online platforms and selected the iEARN online Collaborative Platform. iEARN stands for International Education and Resource Network. iEARN is a global nonprofit founded in 1988 that is now active in over 30,000 schools and youth organizations in more than 140 countries worldwide. iEARN engages over two million students daily in collaborative work. There are school-wide annual license fees and teacher training costs that will be paid for by the project. iEARN has a robust presence in both the US and Taiwan—which helps to facilitate this project.

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Methodology and activities that teachers and students will undertake online

  • They will develop multiple project ideas and select one on which to work together.
  • They will then develop a project plan and engage in digital dialogue with each other. iEARN has translating capability if English is not the common language.
  • They will use the online technology tools for their global project – for research, communication, and results.
  • They are expected to engage the local community in the classroom project.
  • And they’ll present and exhibit their projects at a culminating online event.

At the end of their project, the participating schools will be eligible for an award of a USA-Taiwan Eco-Campus flag.

Eco-Campus Partnership Program Process and Steps

  1. Participating K-12 schools in each country will register online with their host organization’s Green School Program. In the US, they will register as NWF Eco-Schools.
  2. The schools will also be registered on the iEARN online collaborative workspace platform.
  3. Online and in-person teacher trainings on the technology platform and programmatic themes will be conducted. (Archived - December iEARN Introduction)
  4. Schools will be paired up with each other – country to country – based on grade level and interest.
  5. Video conferences/webinars will be conducted so that the participants in each country are able to meet each other virtually and begin their partnership.
  6. Teachers, with input from host organizations, will select a thematic environmental focus area and post collaborative projects online.

The ten proposed thematic environmental and sustainability focus areas are

Tutorials – iEARN-USA and iEARN Taiwan created tutorials to support new educators. A tutorial was created in English and Mandarin Chinese to orient educators to the online course platform, logging in to the platform space, and navigating activities and forum discussions. Click here to view the tutorial.

A second tutorial was created in English and Mandarin Chinese to support new and continuing educators in using the online platform with their students to begin working on their pathway projects. Click here to view the tutorial.

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